|Sky From 3rd Ave - 12x12"|
pastel on light brown cardstock
I've sort of been wanting to paint this house for a while, so this seemed like the perfect time, especially since the next 4C paint out is in Silverton, and that's all about the buildings and architecture. Good practice for that.
Photos from the hike, which was about 8 miles and topped out above timberline at 11,900'. This is a top-notch hike for wildflowers, and they were stunning this year - surprising, given the lack of rain and light snowpack.
No landscape photos, because about 1/2 mile from the junction to hike up Engineer, a cloud positioned itself right in front of the sun, and proceeded to grow to epic proportions in the windless sky, killing the light. Disappointing from a photographer's standpoint, but that's the way it goes.
Instead, I bring you a batch of butterflies and paintbrushes:
|Western Paintbrush - while the sun was still out|
|Rocky Mountain Parnassian|
This, and the butterfly below, were stationary on flowers while the sun was behind
the clouds above timberline. They require the warmth from the sun in order to fly.
|Arctic Blue on Sneezeweed|
|West Coast Lady - first of these I've ever seen|
|Painted Lady - underside|