Steamboat Springs Balloon
I discovered Steamboat Springs Balloon when skiing here in Steamboat Springs. I looked up and saw this image and, being in the right place at the right time, photographed it. That is when I decided to create a new piece of wall art, a contemporary landscape painting. When in town, I searched for other wall art with different scenes to discover art prints of the same Barn.
The More Barn
As it turned out, this is one iconic Barn! In Steamboat Springs, one iconic structure has just that kind of legacy. The Barn under the balloon is the “More Barn” in Northwest Colorado, not far from the Continental Divide, and is one of the area’s favorite sites. More Barn was built between 1926 and 1928 by Martin “Chick” Yock, a cattle rancher whose family owned the property at that time. The Barn was named for Jerry More, who held the property for many years.
Watercolor – Oil – Acrylics
I used watercolor when creating this wall art of Steamboat Springs Balloon. Three things that are challenging to paint in watercolor. Snow, Clouds, and water. Not knowing that when I first started painting in 1990, I thought watercolor would be easy to use. I mean, how hard could it be? Add a little water to the pigment and go from there. Only to learn that it is the most challenging medium to use. It is UNFORGIVING. With watercolor, there’s a lot of forethought and planning. Because watercolor is transparent, you paint from light to dark, which is the opposite of Oil or Acrylics. If you paint yellow over blue, you get green. So, you better know the color wheel!
Vivid Mystical Sedona Landscape Paintings
While I love painting with watercolors, my current love uses acrylics, heavy body, and liquid acrylics. Creating vivid, mystical landscape paintings is my current direction.