Earth Day is one of those days which should, by all means, be spent outside, in nature, where you can see your own part of this planet. I chose to celebrate Earth Day plein air painting.
Part of my set-up for the day.
The post before this one showed a painting of Mount Timpanogos viewed from Utah Valley. On Earth Day I drove to some ranches near the town of Midway in Heber Valley. From there I could see the opposite side of Timpanogos, the Wasatch Back view, and made that the subject of the painting shown at the top of this post.
Trees are still mostly bare of leaves, but I go painting anyways. There's a lot of snow on Mount Timpanogos. The painting at the top of this post shows the highest peaks of the mountain framed by a latticework of early Spring tree branches. This was painted last week on a very windy day. I had to set up the paintbox on the downwind side of my little SUV for some shelter from the wind. The day was sunny and clear when I began the painting, but a couple hours or so later clouds moved in and dust kicked up turning the air grey. The sky and mountain in the painting were mostly completed before blowing dust made it almost impossible to even see the mountain.
It's still "stick season", that time of year when grass is greening and wildflowers are appearing, but the trees are still just budding out. It's also a season when one's reaction to fickle Spring weather can go from euphoric Spring fever one day, to wondering the next, "Where the heck did Spring go?!" Either way, it's a good time to go explore and enjoy the valley near and around the lake. The painting shown above was painted last week on one of the nicer Spring days.
Warmer weather is drawing more colors onto my palette. It was such a nice day last Wednesday when I visited the marshes by the lake. Scouting out places to paint, I walked down a road that had a view through tamarisks and cottonwoods of the mountains at the south end of the valley. Walking down the road I thought of how not only the warm, sunny weather felt nice, but the simple activity of walking down a dirt road in the country felt so good! The songs of western chorus frogs and meadowlarks sounded across the marsh as I set up and began to paint. Occasionally, a mallard duck or two would land in or take off from a small canal that ran beside the road. Not far away, a couple sandhill cranes trumpeted from time to time. As the day moved from afternoon into early evening, several red-wing blackbirds came into the area, singing their tumbling, raspy trillin competition with one another. On a day like this, who on Earth would want to work in a studio?
As you can see from the photo above, I have a log. And now it's on the World Wide Web. It's a World Wide Web log, or "blog" for short.
How do I log on? Well, as you can see above, I can log on the floor or log on the ground, log on end or log on side. Maybe put a log on the fire, and maybe even log-a-rithm. Hope you like it! Be sure to like, share, and comment! And by the way...