Bathed in sunshine and mosquito repellent, we took our easels and palette knives and set up en plein air to paint at Silver Lake. Located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains north of Salt Lake City, Utah, Silver Lake is nestled at the base of several mountain peaks surrounded by a grassy meadow.
Here's a shot of Linda and me. We arrived in the morning just in time to see three adult moose (one male and two females). The meadow was full of small birds, Uintah ground squirrels and other critters.
We roughed in our compositions and rendered 4-color value studies first before moving
on to paint the same view in full-color. This forced us to simplify our paintings and leave out the detail. Just because you can see every leaf and blade of grass,
doesn't mean you should paint them on your canvas. It proved to be a challenge!
Here's a morning's worth of work:
Our adventure was a lot of fun and certainly worth the effort!