Earlier in the month, I ventured to Kalispell, MT for Julie Chapman's winter artist workshop & artist reference photo shoot at Triple D Game Farm. What a great time that was! Montana was absolutely beautiful in the snow. We photographed gorgeous red foxes, cougars, coyotes, grizzly, snow leopard, Siberian lynx, and a Siberian tiger. With the exception of one day, we had beautiful light to shoot in. I love painting snow scenes. I have plenty of new material to work from now and I'm newly inspired!
Speaking of snow scenes...here's what I've been hard at work on. It's actually an ice scene, but close enough! I started this watercolor painting a couple of years ago and for various reasons, had to put it aside to work on other paintings. With renewed interest in this piece, I've decided to finally finish this painting. This is a scene I came upon while hiking through a nearby park one winter day. I liked the zigzag shape of the grasses jutting through the ice and I thought the driftwood would make an excellent perch for a kestrel. Obviously, the kestrel is not in the painting yet but I know exactly where he will be - on the highest limb scanning his surroundings for a morsel.
Detail of grasses & twigs jutting out of the ice.
Detail of driftwood.
Another detail of driftwood.