Forty plus watercolor sketches were made over a six week period I spent at our family’s cabin near Westcliffe Colorado. These were all constructed basically the same way. I walked around until I saw something I liked. Then I would do a quick pencil sketch, work in some basic colors, snap a picture and just about the time I got tired of sitting (or standing) in one place I would take it back to the studio and finish it up.

The Summer of 2014 was particularly damp. The wild flowers, grasses and weeds took on an aggressive exuberance. The clouds were iridescent in the afternoons and the cloudless mornings presented a sky that rang with a persistent clarity that took your breath away. If you’ve been to the Wet Mountain Valley you know what I mean.

My choice of subjects was probably not what you would expect in a picturesque Rocky Mountain valley. In fact most are pretty pedestrian. The things that caught my attention that summer were the hay fields stretching to the horizon, distant barns, curious cows, rain coming in, fence row perspectives, clouds like galleons loading up and scooting out over the plains, sun through the trees and the complex path of a creek.

I was making pictures, not creating mementos of dramatic landscape. I don’t like the mawkish sentimentality of rustic western scenes or to be patronized with photo realism (often painted from photos) unless it is a photo. If you want landscape drama you can come to Westcliffe and LOOK around for yourself.

These are all about the same size; I used pencil, ink and watercolor on 12x16in Arches rough or 12x16½in smooth Moleskin watercolor paper.

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