Friday, October 30, 2015

Autumn Mist Artist Point



"Autumn Mist Artist Point", 10 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

I painted four paintings that day at Artist Point between Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan. The location
of this one was a short distance down the road by a small lake, looking off to the west into the
mist. The most striking thing was that in spite of the mist and the rain, the color of the alpine
meadows, turning before winter, was so intense and vivid.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Mist on Mt. Shuksan


"Mist on Mt. Shuksan", 10 x 8 In, Oil on Museum Board
When the mist rolled in on a very cold late September morning on the ridge of the Artist Point trail between Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan, we thought our painting day was over, because it also started to rain. But it was a "can't dance" moment (when you can't dance and it's too wet to plow, you may as well do something because you can't or don't have the opportunity to do anything else) so we set up our easels anyway. The mist was so thick we could barely see anything but the nearest rocks and lichen. So that is what this painting is about--the amazing color of the steep alpine meadow in fall colors.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Artist Point In Mist



"Artist Point In Mist", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board

When we first hiked up the trail from the end of the Mt. Baker road at Artist Point, the sun was shinning through broken clouds, just as the weather report had predicted. But within half an hour, long enough to set up, the mist closed in and a gentle rain began. We called out for our companion, who had taken off up the trail for an hour hike, but she was gone. So undaunted, we said--might as well paint! This was actually my second painting and shows the one moment when the mist parted briefly. Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker were hidden in the fog but the steep alpine meadows in autumn colors called forth a luminous palette of grays.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mt. Shuksan Morning Light




"Mt. Shuksan Morning Light", 12 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

After a rainy foggy Saturday up at Artist Point at the end of the Mt. Baker Road, Sunday dawned with a brilliant clear sky. It was so bright I thought to myself that it is a heck of a lot easier to paint in the fog, where you don't have to rig contraptions to prevent glare on the canvas and paint with part of your palette in the sun and part in the shade! Definitely need to re-think my system for that!

But the more important point is that standing in this spot watching the sun come up behind Mt. Shuksan, casting the blue and violet shadows on the glaciers, makes it clear why Mt Shuksan is said to be the most photographed mountain in Washington State.