Summing up my GNP residency

I’ve been delayed in rounding out my Glacier National Park residency reporting. For the OCD record:

  • 25 paintings completed while resident (as well as 10 more after I got home, and more to come)
  • 21 hikes of ~215 trail miles and ~40,000 feet of elevation gain (lots but half as much as a good through-hiker!)

As I compile a portfolio of images in fulfillment of my residency requirement, I’m struck by several subjects that influenced what I decided to paint – mostly unconsciously:

  • iconic postcard vistas, and how many of them have burned trees in the foreground (31%)
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    Curly Bear Mountain, watercolor on paper, 11″x15″

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    Robert Fire Dog Hair across Lake McDonald, watercolor on paper, 11″x15″

  • Vanishing ice (8% but 43% if you add the next category… and in some sense every mountain view shows the retreat of the glaciers)
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    Iceberg Lake, watercolor on paper, 30″x11″

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    Grinnell Glacier Moraines, watercolor on paper, 11″x 30″

  • Mountain views (35%), my abiding love of alpine scenery
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    The Garden Wall, watercolor on paper, 11″x15″

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    Lake McDonald from Apgar Lookout, watercolor on paper, 15″x22″ (sold)

  • Running water (11%), always a challenge for the plein air and studio painter
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    Baring Creek, watercolor on paper, 11″x15″

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    McDonald Creek from the west bank, watercolor on paper, 11″x15″

  • Tourism nostalgia (14%), the vintage infrastructure of past ways of experiencing the park – the tour buses, boats and lodges
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    DeSmet Tour Boat, watercolor on paper, 11″x15″

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    Red Bus #3, watercolor on paper, 15″x11″

     

    I learned so much about the place and its natural history. The trouble with all my residencies is that once I have learned to love a new place, then it becomes a part of me that I have to re-visit.

    (I did get more of the work posted on my website, finally!)

 

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4 comments on “Summing up my GNP residency

  1. Suze Woolf says:

    Thank you. One of things I found so interesting was all the ways the flora, fauna, geology, geomorphology were similar to our Washington Cascades – and all the ways they were different. The light is certainly different!

  2. sandyhaight says:

    Beautiful paintings! Love the Iceberg Lake. What a great experience!

    Sandy

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    From: Rosemarys Blog Reply-To: suzeart Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 11:49 AM To: sandy haight Subject: [New post] Summing up my GNP residency

    WordPress.com Suze Woolf posted: “I’ve been delayed in rounding out my Glacier National Park residency reporting. For the OCD record: 25 paintings completed while resident (as well as 10 more after I got home, and more to come) 21 hikes of ~215 trail miles and ~40,000 feet of elevation”

    • Suze Woolf says:

      Thank you, my ears are burning! It *was* a great experience and I encourage any artist to enjoy, support and apply to the national parks that offer artist residencies.

  3. Kate Barber says:

    Really impressive, Suze! Seems love the color palette is a bit different here. I admire energy and talent.

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