I learned alot when I was researching this mountain. I always knew it was one of the tallest, but didn't know it was THE tallest in North America! I also didn't know it had been re-named it's original name of Denali. It was originally named Denali by the Alaskan natives, and President Obama re-named it in 2015. Denali means Great One. And, it certainly is as it rises to 20,320 ft! I've shown it here in a frame suggestion; a floater frame...one of my favorites. You can find this frame at pictureframes.com.
We had an unexpected fun day with our grandson Ethan and his daddy on Monday at the zoo...Love these grand babies! Love my hubby too!! Ethan loves his "buppa" tons! A great sunny day in Colorado which turned into snow the very next day! AAAAHHH...springtime in the rockies! lol
Stay tuned to my blog in the coming days...I'm going to start a series of lists of my favorite things...first up will by my favorite adhesives and what I use them on!
The "Three Sisters" Faith, Hope and Charity are a complex volcano of
three volcanic peaks of the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the Cascade Range
in the state of Oregon. Each exceeding 10,000 feet in elevation, they
are the third, fourth, and fifth highest peaks in the state of Oregon,
and are located in the Three Sisters Wilderness about 10 miles south of
the nearest town of Sisters. "Three Sisters" is painted in oil on a
6"x6" panel and comes ready to frame or sit on an easel or even just
perch on a shelf. My favorite frame for this type of painting is a
floater frame shown in the frame suggestion below (not included). A
floater frame is one where the painting sits such that all sides are
showing. I find my floater frames at pictureframes.com.
You still have time, if you haven't already done so to visit my website at saundralane.com and sign up for my newsletter to get details on how to enter to win YOUR favorite mountain summit painting! Any mountain peak you choose!
This is the North Face of Pikes Peak. To me it is the most recognizable of this mountain. The point of this project is to capture the summits/peaks of these mountains...which I am careful to keep recognizable. The bottom area is more interpretation...sometimes the close up of a summit is rather bare, so I include color or trees; things of this nature that are found in the area...this I do for composition sake. I always like to show the suggestion of framing so you can see what it might look like. I like these floater frames that I find online at pictureframes.com.
We've had quite a snow storm the past two days...over our 27" from last month...I'm not fond of this kind of weather...it isn't pretty anymore...just lots of work! lol PS...please note the bluish green your screen may see for the sky is really more a little bluish...sigh...just can't seem to edit the correct sky color these days! lol
I usually take a photo of our table on the back deck...you can see what it has done this time!
This broom is what we can count on having got for totals...today it is 38" minus the two inches of melting that happened yesterday...yes, spring is a crazy time!
This may not look like much, but if you consider that there are stairs where that slope is...you get my drift...pun intended! lol
I am happy to say I FINALLY got to visit my wonderful family in Nebraska...my daughter and son in law and my two precious grand children Paxton and Gracyn. Love those happy little faces for sure!
SO, after the survival of this latest storm I'm back at the easel...still working on my largish aspen painting and next in the series of summits is the Three Sisters! Fun Doins!
"Longs Peak" in Colorado is part of the Rocky
Mountain National Park up near Estes Park. When I painted this my
husband said it is important to get the "knob". He's a climber from way
back, so I listened. The typical view we get here from out east is two
peaks...one being Mt. Meeker...BUT, since I was painting the summit of
Longs I went with a close up version. This fun little summit (which
isn't so little) is
14, 259' high, so one of Colorado's 14ers. I
included a bit of acid free paper underneath a few areas, which is why I
labeled it mixed media, but the majority of the painting is in oil.
"Longs Peak" is 6"x6" oil on panel and comes ready to frame or sit on a
shelf or easel. I like to show an example of framing (not included), in
this 6"x6" gold floater frame. I love floater frames for a lot of my
work as it shows all sides.
I am still working on my 2'x2' aspen piece on cradled panel. You can see I've now added aspen trees that are in various stages of complete. On this piece, for now, I have added a few trees that do not go to the bottom giving a bit more sense of depth. I am now working to add the holes and dings and lines that make the tree...then branches...then...? fun thinking about what it will become!
"Capitol Peak" is the third in my Mountain Summit series. This one was a favorite of one of my artist friends; Mark Oehlert who used to live here, but now resides in San Antonio. Things I learned about Capitol Peak today as I painted her was she is a 14er; some 14, 137' high. Many consider her one of the most difficult climbs, I'm guessing due to the straight face. She is found in the rugged Elk Mountains and Maroon Bells here in Colorado. Here is "Capitol Peak" in a suggested frame.
I think it will be Longs Peak next; a favorite of another of my artist friends...so stay tuned!
I am also busy in my studio working on my next largish piece that will be aspen. I have started the background in acrylic and stamping, and then added papers...next will be to decide the tree placement and paint them...with a bit of oil to finish up I believe.
I missed a wonderful trip to my mother's on Easter Sunday due to weather...I also missed seeing my grand babies...sure love these people!