Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I woke up this morning to a beautful rain and a very wet world. The rain made all the fall colors more intense. It snowed a little bit, and maybe we will get some more tonight that will stick.
This is my old lantern that I am putting in a painting, but wanted a picture of it in natural light with some wood in the background, because I wasn't sure what to do with the glass.
Would you believe I searched this house all over before I could find a nail so I could hang it on my front porch? Since I got the picture taken, I have remember a couple more places where there are nails, like in a coffee can in the garage. Geez! Everybody has nails, don't they (and duct tape and WD40?)
The crowds have certainly thinned out in Yellowstone. This was the web cam at Old Faithful about 7:00 tonight. It always seems to get dark here sooner than it does at Old Faithful.
I worked on my cat painting in art group today, but didn't get much done. I really need to practice painting animal hair on scrap paper before I attempt to do it for real.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Just a couple of photos of my yard and the hillside, showing the fall colors. The leaves are coming down thick today, and it is distracting. On the other hand, maybe I'll just watch them and not do anything else!!
Monday, September 28, 2009
I'm not sure if I ever posted a picture of the view from Paul and Tracy's deck in Colorado. This is three photos "stitched" together. I think if I lived there, I would sit and stare out the glass doors all day!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
i went through the pile of reference photos I had on the art table, and shoved a lot of them into the drawer with the big file. Now I have to go through all those photos, and I know I will be throwing a bunch of them out.
I could not find my addresses file on my computers - none of them, including the laptop Barrie uses. I dragged out my old laptop that we don't use any more, and found the file on it. Yeah! I don't know why it didn't get moved with all the other documents.
I am still thinking about the beautiful early morning skies, and took a break from cleaning today and painted this. I was happy with the sky color, but shouldn't have put so much dark grey on the left side. I think I will try more of these.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Plein Air Painting
The Artist at Work
Potty Training, Wyoming Style
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Judi and Rollie just took a trip to Faming Gorge, and she asked me to post the photos I had from there. They are old photos, scanned from some slides. Chuck was spawning salmon on a creek at the reservoir, we think it was probably Sheep Creek. I know I took a lot of photos, but evidently didn't save them all.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Barrie, Kasey and Emily had a wonderful camping trip to Casper Mountain. Here is the pickup and horse trailer, and the four-wheeler she used to run the dogs on the trails up there. She didn't even put the tent up - she and Emily slept on the ground, and Kasey reclined in her car seat at night, and for her naps in the afternoon. The other mushers there all had Siberian Huskies - Barrie had the only Alaskans.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
That's the kind of thing a young college kid away from home for the first time would do.
How about another humorous photo of the day? I liked this one.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I have been putting some more work on this pen and ink - added a few million more dots and made the background a little darker.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Kasey thought she might like to sleep with her dogs. She has a fun Mom, but not that fun. She slept in her own bed!
"The large number of claims coming into the [Nebraska] State Auditor's office for bounties on wolves and coyotes has led that official to make an investigation," said the New York Times on January 20, 1902, "and he has arrived at the conclusion that the farmers and ranchers in the western part of the State have gone into the business of breeding these animals for the bounty market. In one instance it was found that one farmer had raised more than 100 wolves last Summer from several animals he had trapped and penned up for that purpose.
"Other cases were unearthed where from fifty to sixty of these animals had been reared. In October and November they were killed and their scalps presented for redemption at the office of the County Clerk of each county. The State law authorized the County Clerk to pay $3 from the county fund for each coyote or wolf scalp presented, and he certifies the fact of payment to the Auditor, who pays $1 additional, making $4 for each wolf or coyote. The State Auditor declares that this pays better than hog raising, and naturally the farmers have turned their attention to this industry.
"The law was passed years ago when the wolf and coyote were the great foes of the cattle and sheep men. In the last ten years $150,000 has been paid by the State alone as bounty. The Legislature of 1899 appropriated $60,000 for the purpose, and of this amount $43,000 was immediately demanded by holders of old claims. The remaining $15,000 was gone within six months, and when the last Legislature appropriated $15,000 it was at once swallowed up by holders of old claims.
"There are now on file with the Auditor claims aggregating $25,000, and by the end of next year this figure will be doubled. These figures indicate that instead of being killed off, the wolves are increasing. The explanation is now simple."
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
This cow moose was on the ditchbank in my back yard last night. She is one of the biggest I have ever seen! I never saw a calf around her. It was almost dark, and hard to get a decent photo of her.
Monday, September 14, 2009
The calendar was from the Albin Lumber Company. It showed a scene with very large mountains. Albin was on a very flat plain without even a hill in sight!
I also remember the piano - my Mom decided one time I should have lessons. I learned to hide when it was time.
My uncle Bill, my Mom's brother, ranched in eastern Wyoming. I think this was taken somewhere near Hawk Springs. That is my cousin with me, Cleo Ray. I loved to go there because I got to ride the old gentle horse they had. Cleo would rather play the clarinet and raise flowers. He is the University Librarian at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Definitely not born to be a rancher.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Barrie decided the front gate needed some work on it. She took it down, sanded it, and hung it up a couple of inches higher. She has washed it, and plans on putting wood seal on it tomorrow. It is looking really nice.
This is the tent Barrie and Kasey will take with them to Casper next weekend for the sled dog symposium. I bought this tent several years ago, spent one night in it at Fremont Lake, and decided my days of sleeping on the ground in a tent were over. If I camp, it will have to be in something like a comfy little mini-van!
Friday, September 11, 2009
I took this photo of a calf moose out my upstairs bathroom window. I'm pretty sure he is a calf from this year, so his mother must have been around somewhere. Shorty had been my "wildlife alarm" ever since he moved into my back yard. Without his alerts, I would miss a lot of it.
I love this Calvin and Hobbes cartoon.
My plans for the afternoon are to complete the color pencil dog drawing I have been working on for a while.
Some time soon I want to drive up Skyline, and also to Green River Lake. The colors are changing fast, and I don't want to miss it!
I finished the pen and ink stipple drawing of trees today. I think the background needs a little touching up, but I am happy with it. For some reason, I am really tired of pen and ink right now!
Cooking for a Crowd: This is Barrie's new cooker. I think it is 8 gallons. She cooks rice and meat for her dogs in it.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Natalie posted this picture for me of Paul and Tracy at Long Lake. Ward, Natalie and kids and Paul and Tracy hiked in. Paul was so mad at himself because he didn't take his fishing pole. Gene Andrews, both Sr. and Jr. were up there and catching fish.
This is what greeted me at the top of the stairs this morning. The cat had mostly lost interest in it by then. As she won't go outside, this had to have come from inside the house. Barrie said she has noticed the cat hanging around the refrigerator in the kitchen lately. The mightly hunter is sleeping on the top shelf of her condo pole right now.
I started another 5" x 7" greeting card last night and finished it in art group today. Judi, Vicky, and Terry put pen and ink touches on their watercolors, and I think it really adds a lot. I need to do more of it, especially with small pieces like this.
Vicky brought a small plein air she had done of Fremont Peak. It was incredible. All I can say is WOW. Maybe I can photograph it next week. I hope I can get some more plein air done.
I started on a watercolor of Square Top today, but all I got done was the sky.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Kasey's Crayon masterpiece, 14" x 17"
I finally tried one of the little artist cards yesterday. I liked it, so tried the same scene on a greeting card. While I was painting, Kasey drew in my big sketch book with crayons. She is into making long lines. She really wanted to paint, but I convinced her it was my turn. I have ordered a children's pan set for her and some new paper. I think I can set her up at the little table I have up here and put plastic on the floor and let her do it on her own.