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.
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