This summer I took a trip to Boise and then up to a mountain town called McCall. The green landscape surprised me and I found it very inspiring. I’ve already posted most of the pictures from that trip that were successful.
This one was less successful at the first go so I tried to push it in a different direction when I got back to San Diego. I thought about painters like Daubigny or Diaz who reworked a plein air hot mess into a successful studio landscape for one thing. And another, I thought of European classical landscapes. Even though there are no Roman ruins or dancing nymphs here, I was re-reading Game of Thrones and found it easy to picture this rugged landscape as the setting for parts of Westeros.
Here’s one from when I went to visit my aunt in Boise. I debated whether I should post this painting because it’s right on the edge of work I think is complete enough, vs work that is only a study. But I like it like this.
The farm behind my aunt’s house in Boise.
Behind my aunt’s house in Boise.
In real life, it was a carpet of blue flowers. Just needed a rosy-cheeked child in a sunbonnet to attain the status of total cliche.
On a hiking trail in Boise.
I loved the vistas. Blue mountains all around.
Idaho has great scenic beauty and I truly enjoyed that. Coming from San Diego, I was shocked at the whiteness of the population (I was told it’s called whiteaho) and disappointed (yet vindicated) by the local craft beer.
Really enjoyed my first trip to Idaho. Beautiful place.
From my trip to Boise. It’s very pretty there and the landscape is super accessible via hiking and bike paths. A great place to paint.
From my recent trip to Boise.