Day 30: Summer’s Palette.

It’s July 1st and like clockwork the temperature soared to 100. I drove 10 miles south to Mary and Roger’s ranch, where only last week I painted dramatic storm clouds while keeping warm with multiple layers of clothing. The weather swings wildly in this place, but it seems that summer is now here to stay for a while.

This scene says summer in Surprise Valley to me: fields of ochre, pink and pastel vermillion, the cool green/grey of the sagebrush and the distant dark silhouettes of populars, cottonwood and pines against the vibrant blue/purple of the Nevada mountains. I took one look and set up my tripod.

Summer’s Palette, Surprise Valley, oil on canvas, 12″ x 16″.