Breathtaking Exuberance


The stream is blocked in with deep shades of Ultramarine Blue + a bit of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. I come back with lighter mixes of Cobalt Blue + Ultramarine Blue + White closer to the lower edge of the canvas.


Wild flowers and grasses grow along the bank. Reflections are pulled, straight down into the wet paint of the water. Then I begin forming rocks with my large bright (square) brush. Several mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are scumbled together. As rock shapes begin to appear, dark accents are made to indicate the crevices between individual stones.


Sunlight spills across the water near the rocky crossing. The stream is accented with lighter mixes of Cobalt Blue + White.


The stems of the taller grasses are made with a fine liner brush. Please remember, you may click on any of the pictures to see them larger.


The warmth of the yellow Coreopsis and red Daisies make the cooler colors in the background recede even more. 


The red Daisies were initially blocked in with mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light. Highlights on individual petals are delineated with pure Cadmium Red Light.


Centers are added next with a mix of MUD + Liquin. Then I come back and a spot of yellow is made in the dark area. The final step in making the center is to place an even smaller dot of MUD in the middle of the yellow! I have to steady my hands against the easel in order to accomplish this.


Our collector also wanted to include, somewhere in the painting, a Monarch Butterfly that he’d taken a picture of.


So…..I thought the clump of Daisies in the foreground would be a perfect spot.

sb1317-breathtaking-exuberance-20x30Breathtaking Exuberance   20″ tall x 30″ wide

LISTEN carefully! Can’t you just hear the hoof beats of the horses running with Breathtaking Exuberance on this crisp fall day in the Tetons? What a fun journey this has been. Thank you for following along and I sincerely appreciate all of your wonderful comments. HUGS, 

3 Responses to “Breathtaking Exuberance”

  1. Terri El Farkh Says:

    You have so many wonderful things in this painting. Who doesn’t love mountains, barns, horses, the wide open field and sky, a brook, flowers and a butterfly? Wow! Beautiful light in it as well. I also enjoyed your memories.
    It brings memories of when I used to ride in the wide open fields and a summer trip up to the Tetons.
    Love it!

  2. Anne Spies Says:

    Yes, I can hear the hoof beats and I can smell the fresh air! You’ve done it once again. So beautiful.

  3. Ben Atkin Says:

    Beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for blogging and sharing how you paint! You and Jack are a blessing!

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