For the past few years, as I really started to hone my skills as a photographer, I saw the world through a camera lens. Seeing a beautiful scene, vignette, or a particularly photogenic item, and thinking what a lovely shot it would make. Lately, though, I’ve been seeing things through a brush. How would it look on a canvas or piece of paper?
On my recent trip to Montana, sadly, I didn’t have time for site-seeing. We had planned a 1/2 day, but between flight delays and fog, we ended up only having about 30 minutes to drive towards Glacier Park before darkness set in. It was a magnificent 30 minutes, though, and I kept asking Jeff to stop the car, so I could snap a few pictures. Even as I was taking the pictures, I was thinking how much I would love to paint these scenes and I was glad I could capture them to take home with me.
I waited a few weeks before I started on one, mostly because I was feeling intimidated. The sky was so glorious and I knew I couldn’t do it justice. But, as they say, you can let perfection prevent action. Didn’t someone say that?
So, with that attitude, I jumped in.
I was painting from the photograph, but not with the goal to be exact, but to express my interpretation of it. I’m not a “realist” painter, but what I wanted to capture were the colors, the composition, and that moody sky with touches of yellow and pink.
Here’s the picture I was working from…
I took out the road and I really didn’t want to paint a field of mud, so I left that area as grass. I left the line of the road, but made that a taller, yellowish grass.
I am about 90% happy with it, which is pretty good for me! The barn on the right has some perspective issues, but I didn’t catch them until it was too late to correct. I can live with it, though!
This painting is listed in my Society6 shop, if it speaks to you!
I also listed the “trees” scene and, while that wasn’t painted from a picture, it reminded me of Flathead Lake, which we took in on our drive from Missoula to Kalispell.
Here are some other pictures I took while out on our drive around Kalispell…
Wasn’t that sky just amazing?!
Montana was living up to it’s nickname of big sky country…