July 7th was a perfect day for my
30 Day Hatcher Pass Challenge.
My good friend Laurie and her sweet friend Lacy joined me.
They hiked the hills while I painted them.
The locals all know the meaning of "Is the road open yet?".
There is a dirt road that takes you from Independence Mine area of Hatcher's and
comes out on the Parks Hwy in Willow.
It's a long and gorgeous dirt road and we know that when it opens, it truly is summer.
I believe it was July 3rd this year.
A couple of miles in, there is a fresh, cold, and reflective lake. Meandering off this lake is a bubbling stream that makes it's way down forming a song of travel.
Today, July 7th, this was my spot.
It is truly a sweet spot.
Although I haven't been thrilled with every piece I've painted this month,
I have been quite content with my starts.
And you know what they say, "practice makes perfect"
and that is exactly what this 30 day challenge is about.
I just really love the loosely drawn lines and hints of darkness
paired with the distant subtle colors of the atmosphere.
(for those who care, note the BAPA shirt and Handipants :)
Days like this just continue to get better and better.
Is there such thing as a plein air bomber? I think so!
Where there is snow, there are snowballs... as it should be.
And the photo bomber shows his face.
And not a bad face at that New Jersey man :)
Just as the wind brought chill and the clouds brought rain,
I've decided there's still a little softening and simplifying to do, but will be done soon.