Craig Spankie – Mead/Hansen Ranch – June 20, 2015

I was delighted to be partnered with the Hansen ranch for this project. The view from Highway 22 as you leave town is always so spectacular.

I wanted to be on the site in the earlyish morning, with plenty of shadow and contrast. The light at this time of the year, combined with a clear cloudless morning is just sublime…

I entered the property where there are two old snowplows parked. I was immediately interested in all that old peeling paint and rusting steel…but I reminded myself I was here to wander in the pasture in search of inspiration, not check out cool old machinery…

I started to head north up the valley, taking pictures of the contrasting hillsides, when i remembered suddenly why I was going to bring my gumboots (rubber boots). I had walked into a shallow irrigation ditch and was now walking in wet shoes and pants (not so clever).

I spent some time just watching the light changing, as the noise of Town waking up got more and more prevalent. I headed back to the gate, took a last look over the snowplows and headed home for coffee…

I have since started on my piece, which is approximately 30″ x 30″. I like working kinda square right now… they are portraits of landscapes to me. I am excited with where I’m going with it and will see what happens in the next couple of weeks…

– Craig Spankie

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