Monday, June 18, 2012

Road To Bobcat Ridge

Road To Bobcat Ridge by Scott Ruthven
5"x7" Oil on panel

I was painting this about five miles South of the large High Park Wildfire currently burning here in Northern Colorado.  The area was later evacuated but has been untouched by the flames so far.  The smokey haze made for a unique atmosphere.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Journey Upstream

Journey Upstream by Scott Ruthven
5"x7" Oil on linen panel

I set up at a nice spot along the Cache La Poudre river on Saturday and painted this scene.  I hadn't planned on painting the geese into the picture but groups of them kept making their way upstream while I worked.  When painting outside, after 30 minutes or so, the wildlife forget you are there and start coming out and doing their thing.  I have had heron, which are generally very shy, sail in and perch in the water right next to me, oblivious that I was even there.

Friday, June 8, 2012

I Smell Rain

Summer Thunder by Scott Ruthven
Summer Thunder by Scott Ruthven
12"x24" Oil on Canvas Panel

Thunderstorms roll in frequently this time of year and I enjoy how the setting sun lights up the tops of the clouds making them burst with color.  After the sun sets, we relax on the patio and watch the lightning show and enjoy the cool evening breeze. 

Detail - This is the true color of the sky in the painting

Summer Thunder Detail by Scott Ruthven

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