Elk River Valley Watercolor Painting

Painting on location is one of my favorite things to do. I came across this scene in the Elk River Valley in Steamboat Springs Colorado. The ski mountains made an interesting backdrop for this ranch and the new hay bails were perfect. When I discovered this location it was getting late so I only did my drawing with the idea that I could return the next day to paint. This is always risky because the weather can be completely different but I was in luck when I returned and the weather and the sunlight were just what I hoped for. I usually work rather small when painting on location because of the changing light and this painting is 6×8 inches. Color temperature is a very useful tool when

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