Pain

From April 2020, for a year, I posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts. Some of these paintings are still available.

“Mt Moran Study”, 9×12, oil on panel, plein air

Pain. I was in a lot of pain. So much lower back pain, I almost cancelled my trip. But, I went anyway as it was once in an artists lifetime experience.

May of 2004, Jim Wilcox, one of the premier western landscape artists in the US was conducting a weeklong “Masters Plein Air Workshop” at his gallery and studio in Jackson Wyoming. It was for a select few advanced artists, and you had to be juried in to attend. I didn’t want to miss it. What better way to spend a week in Grand Teton National Park studying and painting under a master artist’s tutelage. I decided to go and tough it out.

It was a wonderful week, but my lower back was killing me most of the time. We painted all over the Tetons in all kinds of weather…sunny, rainy, sleet, and a little snow. One day when it was raining too hard to paint outside, we set up in Jim’s studio and painted there.  

From the “studio nära viken”, here is one plein air study I did of Mt Moran in the Teton mountain range. It always reminds me of a glorious, but painful week.

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