Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy Trails

Tuesday we found three of the early artist's landscapes.  I sketched in a field of wildflowers in the tundra off of Trail Ridge Road for Birger Sandzen's "In the Mountains" and then we traveled to Lumpy Ridge where I sketched one of Sandzen's scenes on the Devil's Gulch Road.  Wednesday we had a great turnout for the children's programs at Hidden Valley.  The park photographer came and took photos of the children painting.  We went to Endovalley for a picnic lunch, and then back to Lumpy Ridge to sketch the other scene we found there on Tuesday.  Wednesday evening there were about thirty folks at my evening program at the Beaver Meadow's Visitor Center.  Son Shane and wife Abbie came from Northglenn, and painter friend Charlotte form Estes also came.
Thursday we took the morning to hike around Bear Lake, then to Alberta Falls, Nymph Lake and Dream Lake.  Today we hiked the Mills Creek Trail in search of Dean Babcock's painting "Across the Valley".  We found the landscape and I sketched it, then had a picnic lunch there.  Back to the Lumpy Ridge area where we visited the McGraw Ranch and hiked the Cow Creek trail.  Another full day with beautiful scenery,  and we almost had the trails to ourselves today.  It was very peaceful and relaxing, a perfect ending to a wonderful two weeks as Artist in Residence at Rocky Mountain National Park.

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