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Montana Watercolor

One of the reasons I like to travel is to get new inspiration for my art.  The colors that are prevalent in a location are important to me.  I just returned from a week in Montana horseback riding, hiking and relaxing at Pine Butte Guest Ranch in Choteau which is in the middle of nowhere. I live in New Mexico where the colors are vibrant. The rocks and cliffs are red and the sky is cerulean blue. I frequently go to France where the soft, rolling landscape is 35 shades of green with a muted blue sky.

 Montana

Montana Norther Front of the Rookies

Montana, Northern Front of the Rookies (photo by Tim Anderson, 2013)

Montana’s terrain is quite unique. First, the landscape was carved by glaciers millions of years ago. This makes for a contrast between high mountains and long prairies and valleys. Many of the rock and mountain formations were unique shades of gray. The prairies were a soft green. I love trees and I appreciated the number of aspen trees in the area.

While I was at the ranch I learned that there was a staff member who was willing to give watercolor lessons if anyone was interested. I immediately thought, “No, not for me.”  I like the thick application of acrylic and oil paint. My very first art class had been a watercolor class.  The class was not particularly successful, primarily because I knew nothing of shapes, perspective or composition. It took me a few hours of horseback riding at the ranchbefore I thought, “Why wouldn’t I take a watercolor class?” I did, and loved it thanks to the guidance of Sheryl Mink, a very talented artist as well as being the ranch gardener. Here are my very quick attempts to appreciate watercolor. And I do. I many even pursue it.

Mountain Plateau

Mountain Plateau

Vase With Flowers

Vase With Flowers

Watering Can With Flowers

Watering Can With Flowers

Three Trees

Three Trees