South Park Road Property Painting Session – August 14, 2014

One of the things I love about our valley is its dynamic weather. The summer of 2014 has shown us a broad spectrum of what Mother Nature has to offer. Specifically, we experienced a lot more rain than is typical in this part of the world. By July and August we had accumulated twice the annual average. Each time I would attempt to paint at this beautiful property along South Park Road, I would get rained out with a serious downpour. Finally, I would not take ‘no’ for an answer. Instead, I put on my rain slicker and ski pants and set up my easel out of the wind.


Two advantages allowed me to get to work – A) there was no lightning and B) oil paint doesn’t dissolve in raindrops!


Being at this South Park Road property during a storm is truly special. Perched atop the butte, I felt as if I could reach up and touch the dark clouds that were heavy with rain. Often in this part of the world, storms blow in with a flurry and continue to move on. This is what happened on my day of painting. From the top of the butte, I could be experiencing the storm all the while, looking out across the valley and see the open skies beyond the Teton Range. From this location, I could see the beginning and the end of the same storm.


There is a saying, “In Wyoming, we don’t have to look up to see the sky.” This is true from this piece of land. In fact, from there, one is surrounded by it.

-Kathryn Mapes Turner

Huidekoper Ranch Painting Session – August 7, 2014

It was a beautiful, dramatic and cloudy day as I drove up to the Huidekoper Ranch at the base of Teton Pass to paint a scene for the Land Trust‘s View 22 Project. The ranch presents almost limitless painting possibilities in every direction. There are rolling meadows, forested vistas, distant mountainous views, horses and old ranch buildings; all worth painting.


I decided to paint some old tromp sheds in a local pasture and framed the sheds with the distant forest and mountain view. The painting challenge here was to show the charm of the manmade structures that in time have almost become part of the ranch’s natural landscape. The weathered buildings have begun to shed some of their showy red paint to reveal the earthy gray tones of the wood. As the aging process continues, the sheds will slip back into the beautiful land where they rest. That land will now, as a property protected by the Land Trust, always remain to remind us of the extraordinary gifts given to us all by people willing to share these treasures under their care.


-Bill Sawczuk