The day was beautiful up on the mountain today at 49º North Ski Resort in Chewelah Washington USA. Because, the sky was ultra blue and the conditions great, with a new layer of about 10″ of fluff to play on. Any questions?
The world’s best ski-buddy, my husband Pete, took this photograph at the top by chair #1 & #5. In the second photograph, the colors are so vibrant with scenery that almost looks too perfect going off into the distance.
Pete truly has a great-eye for taking pictures. I love the way the shadows in this picture are adding intriguing shapes to the composition. Also, I am marveling at the amount of color in this winter day. The whole day was just absolutely beautiful, outside, in the Inland Northwest. Honestly, skiing is like experiencing heaven here on earth.
Just completed a small watercolor painting entitled, “Bluebird day in Valhalla”-from one of those breathtaking glorious sunny days skiing at 49 Degrees North Ski Resort in Chewelah Washington USA. Valhalla is a great run with enough steep to keep you wide awake, and a good mix of trees alongside for fun. I love the way the shadows show the shape and slope of the run. I spend as much time as possible up on the ski hill and you can see more of my art there if you notice what is around you.
This is the beginning of a series of paintings I intend to do from some great photographs during those ski patrol days when hardly anyone was on the hill. You know, those first track days.
How this painting progressed in the studio.
Looking at these first two images in the series, you will see a perfect example of the difference between the vibrance of watercolors that are wet and ones that are dry. Sometimes, it is scary to put bright pigment down but as you can see, this is something we need to be free with. No skimping on color required.
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