The first year I was dating Nick, we took a road trip from Portland to Montana to visit friends who were living off the grid, and get lost in nature. We saw countless stunning views on that trip as we meandered through country roads, and Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, but this view at Glacier quite literally stopped me in my tracks! The painting doesn't quite do it justice, so I'll post the photo too (although that doesn't quite capture it either).
This scenery, this moment captured in a snapshot and a sketch, was a happy memory. A truly peaceful moment in nature, a wonderful adventure with my best friend, and a reminder of the beauty the world has to offer. Now I look at it and it makes me sad; I fear the fate of places like Glacier, which are already affected by climate change, in the face of a new administration that does not believe in climate change or the need to protect our environment.
It's got me thinking I'd like to create a series of these paintings from my wanderings. Work larger and more detailed, and donate a percent of sales to our National Parks. Goals. That may have to be my next project.
Anyhow, this is painting seven of thirty, with 17 days to go... and 23 paintings left to create. I've got four more close to completed, and it's feeling good to paint a little every day. Follow along here and on Instagram, share your thoughts. I enjoy the dialogue, and feedback. All paintings will be posted for sale on my site when the project is complete.
What do you think?