With the Russell Shows fast approaching, I’ve got seven or eight pieces in the works, none of them finished although this one is getting close. I keep rotating which in some ways is good, as I have the time to distance myself a little from each piece. It takes that for me to begin to see a painting objectively and then decide what is good about it and what needs to be worked on. This painting is 16 x 20. My focus is it’s tonal character. An artist friend of mine said that “it’s all in the grays”. I’m beginning to understand that, which hopefully means there’s some artistic growth happening here! Grays are not easy.
The subject is a ridge on the edge of the Big Belt Mountains SE of our place. You don’t see this ridge from the west in the daytime as the lack of shadow flattens the whole thing out. But come late afternoon, there appears this fascinating “dinosaur” ridge back (much of it hidden from this angle). We rode horses through that high country one fall day. What a treat!