Rocky Mountain Pastoral

Driving thorough the Rocky Mountains of Colorado on a fine autumn day is always a treat for the eye. And this mid-September afternoon was no exception. Everything was ablaze with light and color as we explored a back road from Ouray to Telluride.

A dusting of snow had fallen overnight in the foothills, and while it already had melted off the flat ground, the slopes and shadowy areas were still white. Near the road, a few head of free-range cattle were enjoying the last of the summer grasses. It was an idyllic scene, too good to pass up.

I pulled off the road and painted a plein air (outdoor) study on the spot. Later, in my studio, I used that study and a few photographs to create this final watercolor painting.

The original painting was sold to a private collector by an art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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