"EVERY DAY I DISCOVER MORE & MORE BEAUTIFUL THINGS. I HAVE SUCH A DESIRE TO DO EVERYTHING. IT'S ENOUGH TO DRIVE ONE MAD, MY HEAD IS BURSTING WITH IT." — CLAUDE MONET
For the past 3 days I've been in Red Lodge, MT - participating in a painting workshop! I learned some, but mostly reviewed what I knew - & got some good painting hours in! Lately I've been SO busy with LIFE - that I haven't done any painting… This workshop was really good for me. It was refreshing to get out 'en plein air' & be challenged to study the ever-changing light, values, & compositions of landscapes.
It was fun workshop… Each day we met at 9am at Montana Gallery, on Main Street in Red Lodge. From there we'd drive out to the painting location & paint for a few hours, then break for lunch, & resume in the afternoon, & paint till the light faded. There were 7 artists (myself included) attending the workshop that was headed up & taught by Tyler Murphy. I loved meeting the other artists, it was inspiring for me to see other people's views on art & life — I met a lady (& her sweet dog, Panda Bear) who were from Texas. Another man & woman from Billings MT, a lady from the Bitterroot Valley, & a lady from up state New York. Then there was myself (basically a local) & a guy from Joliet.
Make sure you check out Montana Gallery — there is some crazy good art there. If you ever find yourself in Red Lodge, make sure you stop by! There's good art, good vibes & good people to be found at Montana Gallery. I've known Tyler for a few years, & have taken painting classes from him several times. They never disappoint, & are always lots of fun!
Below are some pictures of my painting endeavors —
|Quick studies of Mount Maurice, a flower, & distant Beartooth Mountains —|
|This is me — painting a view of a distant Red Lodge Mountain.|
|9x12 oil "Where The Creek Goes" …I was happy with this picture.|
|"Artist At Work" 9x12 oil on linen.|
|A quick sketch at 10,000'ft atop the Beartooth Highway|
The ever-changing lighting made it difficult to capture the colors…