This fall has been particularly lovely here in Western Montana, and every day I’m astounded by the beauty that surrounds us. I get out most days with Bella and my camera, then come home to my studio imagining how what I’ve seen would look on canvas. I used to use oils exclusively, but stopped in favor of less toxic materials. Lately though, I’ve managed to return to oils by eliminating the worst solvents. Lavender oil makes the studio smell wonderful! It’s been a very rewarding experience.
There’s something satisfying to me about this deceptively simple water photograph. The colors are sumptuous. I would love to make a painting of it, playing with the texture and movement. All the landscapes here have a tactile quality that appeals to me.