One of this years painting expeditions took me to Glacier National Park in Montana. My artist friend, Patris, and I went for about a week. I loved getting to drive into the park every day to paint and see the amazing scenery. The snow, mountains, rivers, and trees created an enchanting atmosphere.
I've painted in a few different mountainous areas, but was surprised at how different these mountains felt. These mountains are so massive and seemed to hover all around us as we drove through the park.
There were many moving objects in my landscape. It was a great challenge to capture movement and feeling in a painting. I approached the moving water by looking for parts in the flow that had repetitious movements - like water running over a boulder. That helped me hone in on an area. Even though it was moving, it kept repeating similar movements. Painting the clouds were similar. I looked for over arching shapes and movement, then composed them onto my canvas. I resisted the urge to "chase the shapes" as the clouds moved. Instead I left my shapes alone and paid more attention to the colors and values of clouds around me. I used this information to finish them.