Suddenly winter is here, only 13 chilly degrees this morning! But it is cozy in the studio, with the wood stove burning, Peter Ostroushko on Pandora radio, dogs and the kitten at my feet (underfoot, really).
It is time to pull all the field adventures into final paintings. This is a 9x12 study (in progress) of the Upper Iowa River. I spent days on this river; sitting with the eagles and vultures high above the water, canoeing with Ken. I love working this way - spending hours in the field, observing the environment around me, and now putting it all together in the studio. When I am out there, I often feel overwhelmed with possibilities. However, when I open my sketchbook, the memories flood back to the present, but time has helped distill what resonates, what is essential about a place. This small study may be a model for a larger painting - we'll see!