DEGES PEAK and DEAD HORSE PASS  @36X48  1993

Both paintings required a large effort because of scale and I had to hike a long distance laden with a lot of gear. I would spend a day scouting for suitable subjects and comfortable places to paint. Usually this meant finding a spot with shade and shelter from the wind. On both paintings I portaged my equipment. I would carry easel, paint, and stool, then hike back for water, food, and sundries. These were long days beginning before sunrise. Typically I would hike to location, stretch canvas, draw, then hike back for paint. On Deges Peak, I hiked back and forth twice, only to discover I had left my brushes at the trail head.  These works conclude my painting trip to the Pacific Northwest.

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