These paintings are from the first month or so of my trip through Montana, the Canadian Rockies and Montana. The first one is a view of a junkyard at Cut Bank, MT. It is what I saw from the RV park where I stayed while I was dealing with some car problems. My Mercury Villager broke down and I had to buy a different car, so now I am driving a Dodge Caravan, 2007. It is much better than the old van. The second picture is of the Grand Tetons from the other side of the slope most people see. It is near Driggs, Idaho, and is my first paintings of the Tetons. I will be doing more in the next week. The pyramid shaped mountain is at Two Medicine Lake in Glacier NP. the last two are from Waterton Park in Canada. It is the northern section of Glacier-Waterton International Park. The mountains were especially colorful there. The trip is going well. I am in Jackson, WY at present, staying with some friends from Maine. We have had a great week driving around through The Teton and Yellowstone parks, and I got a good overview. Now, with my friends leaving tomorrow, I will go back to the places I want to paint. The weather is about perfect, sunny and in the 70's in the day. At night it gets down around forty, and it is chilly in the morning when I wake up. On Sept. 9 the Jackson Arts Festival begins, and there will a lot of new art exhibitions, so I hope to return to Jackson/Wilson for part of that. It goes on for a 10n days. I imagine that soon it will get too cold to camp or paint here. The locals say it could snow any time, but that then there would be indian summer. M
These pictures are from various places. One is of my van and my stuff drying out after a rainy period of camping. The next is of a freighter at Sault St. Marie, and the last is of of mountains in Glacier NP. I am still around the park and will have more paintings ready to post soon. The park is gorgeous and Inspiring. I find the mountains as difficult subject to paint. There are the big forms, and lots of surface detail. It is hard to combine the two. I still have lots of time to work on it. It is really dry here in NW Montana. The air is full of smoke from big forest fires that are burning in British Columbia, and one can hardly see the colors of the mountains. They are uniformly gray, as though a mist was hanging over it all.
I am in a town called Cut Bank today. My car is running in a jerky way and I think I need a new fuel pump. These things happen. I hope it won't be too expensive to repair. Also getting groceries and catching up on my internet work.
My trip has been going great so far. I am now in Cleveland visiting a friend. Tomorrow, June22, I will continue heading west. I plan to drive along the shore of Lake Erie for a while. There doesn't appear to be too many cheap camping places in Ohio. Michigan looks promising. There are a couple of National Parks. One is Great Bear Sands Dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan. The other is called Painted Rocks and is in the UP. Maybe I'll finally get in some backpacking.