Tuesday, September 8, 2009

This is a commission vignette that I have completed for a client in Michigan. It is a watercolor and is 11"x14"

Saratoga is an interesting little Wyoming town very similar in a lot of ways to Dubois, my home town. Was also once a thriving logging community with ranching and recreation as side ventures. Logging is now gone leaving it to ranching still along with some Dude activity and outdoor recreation. River Float trips are a big thing for fly fishing in summer with snowmobiling and cross country skiing in winter. The town does have a hot springs with a pool but most impressive are two 18 hole golf courses. The Saratoga Inn, a resort kind of place and the Old Baldy Club that have huge CEO style homes along with bungalow rentals that are frequented by who's who in America at different times. It is not uncommon to find Movie Stars and World celebrities flying in to town in Lear Jets to take in a few rounds of golf. They are seldom seen by the general populace as it is a rather well kept secret about who is in town and when.

Finished and framed up. I don't know about the mat I put on it but am stuck with what I thought would work and had brought. Several other artists were painting out on the sidewalk in front of the gallery.
The fellow in the black Cowboy hat standing is Steve Moulton who is from the Moulton family that have the famous, most photographed barns in the world with the Tetons in the background. Steve is a wonderfully talented singer [cowboy songs-not western but cowboy]His wife is a writer and has been in our gallery talking with my pardner, Tom Lucas about filming some more movies of him with his Indian Craft work. I ended up with one of Steves C D. It is great music.

I chose to do a landscape gouache paining of Aspens from a sketch I did the day befor in the Snowy Range. The colors are not this far along but I have an Artistic Liscence that allows me to push things a little.
We even got some hiking in. My wife, Vicki waiting for me to catch up on the trail above Long Lake at the foot of Medicine Bow Peak

This past weekend was the Miniature Show and Sale in Saratoga, Wyoming at the Blackhawk Gallery. We were there for several days of fun and work as we spent saturday along with other gallery artists painting the town and area for a special showing of those paintings. Friday night was the reception for the miniature Show and saturday all the artists gathered at Patti Lufkin's,[gallery owner] ranch for a cookout. She sure knows how to put on a feed and her hospitality is out of this world.
My wife and I did take some time out to drive up into the Snowy Range where I shot this photo of one of my favorite areas, Lewis Lake.