On day 3 (Sunday) I met with a few other wonderful painters at Sprague Lake, while Dave hiked up to the two peaks (Flattop and Hallets) in the painting. The painting wasn't going very well so I decided to throw caution to the wind and took out my palette knife to see if I could get something interesting happening with it. I was blown away by the experience, as it was the first time I had done an entire painting with a palette knife. I especially like the way the reflections in the water turned out. I found out that when using the knife, you either nail it or you don't, and messing with the results usually produces mud unless you use lots of paint and have a very light touch,
This photo is not the best as the paint was still wet when I shot it. This is one of the paintings that I left for the show in Estes Park, but not one that I submitted to be judged for the competition. I was happy to try a portrait of a wonderful Ponderosa Pine, and I became engaged with the fallen trees at its base -the circle of life and all that.
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