Plein Air Painting in the Lost River Range
The Lost River is a river that runs through the middle of Idaho. Sometimes it flows but most of the time it is dry. It's also the name of a mountain range on the west side of the Idaho desert. It's a really remote and rugged mountain range. I love it because it still feels like a little bit of a secret amazing spot compared to other nearby mountains like the Tetons or Sawtooths which are littered with tourists.
The Lost River range is home to Idaho's tallest mountain, Mt. Borah and beautiful aqua blue high alpine lakes. I've also seen packs of wild horses and big horn sheep. It's magical. I painted three paintings there this weekend and I'll share the details of those below.
This painting (below) as well as the photo of me painting (above) was at Merriam Lake at about 10,000 ft. elevation. It was a pretty cold afternoon with the wind whipping a cool wind over the lake. I spent about 1 hour on this painting.
Apparently I wasn't quite done with the lake because I went back the next day and painted it again! This day was much warmer and the water was calmer so I could paint with much purer and clearer blues. This painting was done in 1 hour and 30 minutes.
I was in the Lost Rivers on the weekend of the eclipse. It was in the path of 100% totality. It was really stunning and more beautiful than I could have imagined. The stars came out and the sunset popped up just above the mountain peaks and the temperature dropped 30 degrees. We were up on a ridge that was not really a trail to ensure that we would have a viewing experience to ourselves. Even though it's a really remote area, it was pretty busy that weekend so the trails were pretty heavily trafficked. I did this painting on the ridge about 30 minutes before the eclipse happened. This painting was done in 45 minutes.
I recently took a 2 week road trip through Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana. I went to a lot of National Parks and National Forests that I had never been to including Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Escalante as well as some old favorites including the Wind Rivers, the Tetons, Yellowstone, and Big Sky.
One of the goals of the trip was to come back with a bunch of plein air paintings, of course! In this WhoaMag article, I share 6 of the paintings I did and how the landscape inspired each composition. WhoaMag is a fantastic online magazine that features content about women in the outdoors.
Link to article
I've found myself looking up a lot lately.
I wrote an essay about discovering plein air painting and slowing down for the good of the soul. Read it on Women Who Explore. Inspiration credit goes to my womderful painter mother, Peg Sheridan!
Link to essay
My previous 6-part Melting Landscape series really struck a chord with me artistically and thematically. Any artist knows that when you connect with something strongly and have been really succeeding with your articulation, that is not something you should abandon. I'm working more on this idea of melting landscapes.... the free and unbinding connection between the sky, land, water, and self. Here are a few directions I've been taking this theme to recently and I plan on continuing my investigation of this!
This is a different type of post. This is a visual letter to a person who checks my website from time to time. It's a symbolic representation of our experiences that they know the code for. If this person sees this I hope they can "read the letter" so to speak and know how those experiences have shaped me and stuck with me.
This week I got prints and stickers made of these six paintings. I'll be selling them at a few different festivals in the Valley this month (info soon to come.) They're printed on 8x12" high quality paper with a black backing and a plastic sleeve for $20 each. I'm taking orders now, I have 5 prints of each and they're selling fast so let me know soon if you want one!
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