Thursday, February 25, 2016

Early Spring

Its late February in the Flathead Valley and already spring like weather is here.  Its time to dust off the brushes and get outside again for some new plein air adventures.

The Chamber: study, Oil on Canvas   6"x8" 
This study was completed as reference for the larger painting 'The Chamber'.  The staff at the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce commisioned the larger work for the 20th anniversary of their president.  The light and shadow was fun to paint on this wonderful spring morning.

The Chamber  Oil on Canvas   16"x20" 
In the larger work I added foliage to the trees which wasn't present at this time of year.  It gives the scene a more lively summer feel.  I also added flower pots to frame the entrance to the Chamber.

Early Spring at the Mill, Oil on Canvas   6"x8" 
The old grain mill has become one of my favorite subjects to paint in Kalispell.  The silver lined clouds provided a wonderful backdrop for the variety of interwoven shapes of the mill.

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