F. Vettergreen, “Highwood Pass, sky study” 2011; mixed media on paper, 11 x 17 inches

Well, that turned out to be a longer break than I’d planned.  Life happens.  But all’s well that ends well, and we’ll leave it at that.

I’ve been craving a mountain fix for a really long time.  Life without skiing and backpacking diminishes me (not as much as the toddler for whom I gave up such pursuits enriches me!) but it’ll be a while before I get to do much of either.  Luckily, there are a few places one can reach with a car and a few spare hours that are (almost) wild enough to do the trick; and luckily, our really late summer has meant that I can sneak in a few plein air sessions before winter closes in for good.  Though I had so much fun I might be doing this even in the snow…maybe not at 30 below!

I think of these as drawings, though I work with a brush and watercolour or gouache pigments.   Something about the immediacy, or maybe the economy of surface, or maybe the lines…dunno.  What do you think?  Drawing or painting?  Does it matter?

(And yes, that’s the ground you see in the background of the photo…which was not taken at Highwood Pass in the snow but at Sibbald Viewpoint on a drier day.  Photos of that adventure to follow!)

5 thoughts on “finally.

  1. Robin Kent Art

    So much atmosphere! Part drawing with an art brut edge and part painting with a soft serenity. Looks so different from what I think of as your style. Nice to be able to shift gears.

    1. Frances Post author

      I always think of drawing like this as handwriting; the mountains tell me what to say and I just write it down. It’s a very different process than the studio work but I think the line is in both places. It might not translate as well to small photographs from the oil and wax pieces, though.


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