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Bar B Bar Ranch Painting Session – July 18th, 2013

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Still half asleep on a clear July morning, I found Kathryn Turner waiting for me near the entrance to the Bar B Bar Ranch, located on the West side of Gros Ventre Junction, heading the opposite direction from Golf & Tennis towards the Snake River. This was our first morning painting session, and it was interesting to see how much the difference of a few hours affected the light in the valley. I hopped in her car, and we chatted as we drove down the winding road towards the Bar B Bar. One of the things I love about Jackson Hole is how easily people of all ages talk to you; despite our age difference, Kathryn and I were able to talk just like I do with my friends at school!


We drove around for longer than it seemed, losing track of time in the peaceful and beautiful surroundings of the Bar B Bar – the wide open fields among the cottonwoods, the hint of the river in the not-too-far distance, and the Tetons rising above it all. Kathryn had a full schedule for the rest of the day, so when we checked the time we discovered that we needed to find a place to set up and start painting –quick! We eventually settled on a place in the trees, on the edge of a large meadow. The view of the vista from where Kathryn decided to set up her easel was incredible; it was amazing to see how her talented eye could pick this view out of all the possible options.


The best part of the outing for me was a surprise – Kathryn had brought an easel and paints for me to paint en plein air right beside her! Although I didn’t make much progress on my painting because of our time restriction, it was an unbelievable experience and a nice change of pace to trade my notepad and camera for a brush. If only every day could begin like this!

-Mimi King

Bar B Bar Photo by Leine Stikkel


This painting session is scheduled for July 17th, 2013! Sign up to receive email updates from us to the right so you get our blog posts right in your inbox!