This particular painting began last summer while out on a backpacking trip to a fairly remote corner of the mountains. We got up to a high mountain lake with a backdrop very similar to this. It was such a stunning place and provided such inspiration to my personal creativity. I spent the day painting en plein air at this location and we also camped overnight. In my on location study of this spot, I tried to capture what I felt, what I imagined, and I tried to harness the sense of peace and serenity that I felt being at this spot and bring all that back with me to eventually now create this larger painting which you see here.
There's something about a clean crisp blue sky in the mountains during the summer. Early in the morning I find myself always taking extra time to pause and gaze up into the sky.
I love when I can see a hint of stars and the moon while the sunrise is just about to happen. I wanted to exaggerate that aspect in this painting. Throughout this process, I had tried to keep a looser style of brushwork. I try to be more expressive and challenge myself to push the boundaries of what I love to do versus what I know could potentially be in my work. Things that I maybe haven't realized in my work yet, so I try to push myself beyond the norm of what I typically do and more expressive brush work and more brush work that captures what I love without being too deliberate is something I've had a lot of interest in lately and so this piece is a good example of just that as I’m trying to take myself and educate myself through this process.
At the end of the day, I decided to keep the elements in this painting fairly simple. I had thought about adding a campfire, I thought about adding a few other things, but at some point during the process that feeling of being there, that feeling of solitude and peace, and that inspiration that I had sort of took me over and I was brought back to this place and it just didn't feel right to add anything more than what I did in the end. I included a Loon into this painting and that was my small contribution of wildlife. We were so surprised to find loons in these high country lakes in the summer. I suspect they were probably juvenile birds who had not paired with a mate yet and were potentially exploring the possibilities of what's out there. To hear loon calls, being from and growing up in Minnesota, was just so surreal and it really touched a nerve within me in a very positive way and brought me back reminiscing about life on the lake in Minnesota. To have this experience in this type of setting was truly a treat for me. Beyond all that, I don't think I have a whole lot more to say about this painting. I think that in order for the viewer to possibly feel the way that I felt, perhaps less words is more in this case and at least that's what I hope.
30x40" oil painting - canvas panel w/wood frame backing (Approx 2" thick)
I paint the sides to match the painting (the painting is extended to the sides) and it is ready to hang as is or can be custom framed.
This painting comes with a certificate of authenticity which is also documented in a hard copy catalog of original paintings. This catalog is in the possession of myself, the artist.
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