This view of the ten mile range is one of my favorite views from Copper Mountain ski resort. Every time I go to Copper, I take at least one picture of this view so it only makes sense to do a painting of it.
I started this piece in April 2015 and by June 2015, I hit a major painter’s block. Unable to decide how I wanted to complete this piece and unmotivated to figure it out I then let it sit, half completed, for an entire year until mid June 2016. After moving into a bigger home more conducive for painting, I was finally motivated to put my brush to canvass and once I made those initial strokes, the rest quickly fell into place.
I went to Crested Butte for my birthday weekend this year and fell in love. The views there are amazing and I had the best time. Two solid ingredients for inspiration.
Mom’s Aspens. 2015. Acrylic on canvas. 20×24
I’ve been awful at painting recently (i.e. no motivation, little inspiration, and meager free time). Luckily, my parents have a new home that has lots of empty wall space and they were visiting in September. So I had someone to paint for and a timeline to work with. I was given a color scheme and I knew my mom already had pictures of trees hanging– so aspens in the fall was a natural choice. The hardest part was melding my style with something my parents would like.
Aspens are a lot of fun to paint and this one got a fair amount of positive feedback. My roommate said I should do a piece like this for our place so, needless to say, I’ll be doing more paintings of aspens.
I spent a lot of time at Copper Mountain this ski season and got a lot of inspiration. Now that the season is coming to a close I’ve had more time to recreate the views I enjoyed all winter.
This past week I received a promotion and therefore had an office to decorate. I really liked how my sketch (above) turned out and thought it would be a quick and easy piece to put on canvass to cover up a really ugly wall in my office. Considering I’ve been feeling a bit rusty and I did this whole piece in one sitting, I think it turned out well enough.