The Mountain Beyond

A few weeks back we had a most fun paintout at the Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan area, stayinga the mountaineers lodge there with a large group of artists. The mountain in the background here is Mt. Shuksan. This scene was so captivating I did two paintings of it. In this one, I chose to do a fairly abstract treatment, but hopefully still recognizable as a landscape.

I find this area so inspiring. And to be able to experience it with other artists is an honor and a blessing.

Clouds over Whistler

It is sometimes hard to carve out time to paint when you are traveling with non-artist friends. But on a recent Labor Day trip with some good friends to Whistler, BC, my friends graciously let me paint for a couple hours. This was the result of that effort. It was cold and cloudy up on that mountain, but thankfully it did not rain.


The biggest challenge for me in this painting was trying to figure out how to separate the sky from the mountains when the snow caps and the light part of the sky had practically the same values. I don't think I succeeded completely here, but hopefully it still has the sense of being up on a mountain on a cloudy day.


As it starts to get colder, I guess I'm starting to gravitate back to still life and figurative painting, though this one was done a few weeks ago. Do I have a style? I kind of think I do, even though I haven't really been focusing on developing one.