Jenny Lake Watercolor on Masa

“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”
– Will Rogers

Jenny Lake – 7″ x 10″ Watercolor on Masa

Jenny Lake is in the Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming.  I took this picture when I was there in 2009.  I also sat on the edge of that lake and did some watercolor plein air paintings.  It was not as clear and bright as usual, because they had some fires north of the park and the smoke was making the sky hazy and the mountain views a little muted.

This painting was fun to do on the masa paper.  I figured I better practice painting mountains, since I’ll be back in the Tetons in a couple weeks and I intend to do a lot of plein air.  It’s going to feel so good to get into the cooler mountain air.  It was 114 degrees here yesterday, not counting the heat index.  Whew!

I tried to find some photos of Jenny Lake on the web and this is probably the best.  Most of the links went to the lodge and you don’t want to see a bunch of photos of a motel, right?

About Will Rogers

American humorist Will Rogers was considered the Mark Twain of his generation. He was born in 1879 in Oklahoma, of Cherokee descent, and left school early to become a cowboy. In South Africa his showy roping skills won him a job in a traveling Wild West show, and he quickly switched over to vaudeville and film acting roles. He wrote six books and 4,000 syndicated columns. An avid flier, he died in a plane crash in 1935.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Androgoth
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 20:37:31

    I really like the way in which you have blended the colours in this one Beth, I hope that you don’t mind me calling you by your Christian name?

    The painting is indeed a colourful offering, and I like it.



  2. Linda Halcomb
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 18:03:31

    I like this simple, elegant painting. Less IS more! Enjoy the Lake. I envy you!


  3. Alex Zonis
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 11:22:07

    This is wonderful, Beth! You are way on your way to become a Masa authority in your own manner and style. I love the feeling that random crinkles and color variations of paper create.


  4. lesliepaints
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 08:12:18

    I LIKE everything about this!!!!!! The trees in the foreground? WOW! The faded and hazy mountains? WOW! Beth, this is beautiful.


    • Beth Parker
      Aug 04, 2011 @ 08:39:33

      Awww, thanks, Leslie! Next time, I think I’ll spend more time darkening areas for depth. I just got tired of it after a while. When I do plein air, I think I’ll keep it to 5″ x 7″ and smaller, too. I can do the larger paintings later, from the field studies. I plan on taking plenty of prepared masa. 🙂


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