the reference photo
I have so many reference photos from my month out west this past summer so I thought I would paint from one today. This is Yankee Boy Basin in Ouray Colorado. We took a jeep tour up to the basin and after a very hairy ride we arrived in paradise! The wildflowers were at there peak and it was a gorgeous sunny day. There were so many kinds of flowers and I'm afraid I don't know what kind these are. I wish we had more time to wander around this meadow but I am very glad we had a chance to see it. This painting is done on Uart paper with an oil stain underpainting. I preselected my palette of colors. Doing this allows me to think and plan and when I start painting I don't have to slow down to pick pastels out of the big box!