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Saturday, August 18, 2012

August has been rainy , but cooler!

This has been a rainy and hot month this year, although not much actual rain has made it to the ground in our area.  There have been some gully-washers to the east of us, and long the East Carson River, which in right behind these hills in my pastel.    I stood under some huge Cotton Wood trees in out back yard in Dutch Valley and painted these clouds one afternoon that looked like nothing but rain was going to happen.   Actually, there wasn't much rain on this day, but a few days later we got quite a little storm.  Sorry to say, still not enough.  Its been so dry and hot  this summer, with poor Washington State, as well as Colorado taking the hugest tolls.    I can't wait until fall, cooler temperatures  and some fall color.   And I  am sure praying for a huge winter this next year.

pastel on pastelmat, sienna tone.
8 x 8
actually a square, fun to experiment with 


  1. Wow! This one is a real beauty Ida. I really like it. The colour palette is so well put together, it is very balanced but with enough details to pull you in and investigate further.

  2. Wow, oh wow! This is beautiful. You have captured that feel of heat and dry land while capturing how beautiful it is. A great composition. I enjoy your latest paintings and the narrative about your land.

    Thank you for thinking of us up here in Washington. We have been lucky so far, but poor Ellensburg. Very near my old stomping grounds. While moving cattle we would ride our horses to the top of the ridge and look down on the Ellensburg valley. It is horse and cattle country with a lot of wind.

  3. Beautiful clouds Ida! Great job! Sorry I haven't been out your way to paint with ya - one thing after another. I'll send you an email with more news....later, gator...