Sunday, June 23, 2013
Iris at the Reserve, 8 x 10
The National Bison Reserve....
....is tucked away between St. Ignatius and Dixon, MT and is a great place to see most everything but buffalo. Lots of them are there but I've never taken the time to actually tour the Reserve and see them as 'other stuff' attracts me first. On this rainy/sunny day it was these iris at the edge of some pond.
The board I had with me already had an old painting on it so I put on a layer of a dark dull green....you can see it in some places....and everything was added on top of that layer of wet paint. It was just a matter of carving out the image. It has looseness and spontaneity that I like....and lots of thick paint on top of other thick paint. It's hard to get too detailed on a slippery surface. Just lay it on and leave it.
You can find this kind of thing to paint at the Bloedel Reserve where I will be teaching a plein air workshop next weekend. Winslow Art Center has all the details.
Maynard Dixon (1875 to 1946), the well known southwest oil painter, spent lots of time in and around St. Ignatius when it was known as 'the mission', making several trips there during his lifetime. I wonder if the town of Dixon was named for him. Now it is as close to a ghost town as you can get and still be called a town. More in an upcoming post.