View From Grand Targhee – Alta, Wyoming

“Always behave like a duck — keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.”
– Jacob Braude

View From Grand Targhee – Alta, Wyoming
4″ x 6″  Watercolor Plein Air

Yes…. I braved the ski lift to ride 15 minutes, up to the top of Grand Targhee with my watercolors.  My knees were shaking, yet I was gasping out loud at the beauty of what I was seeing from up there.    This little painting does not do it justice.

About Jacob Braude

American judge and author Jacob Braude was a fount of humorous and inspirational stories and quotations, which he used to regale the courtroom in Cook County, Illinois, where he presided for more that 35 years. His books of sayings, including Speaker’s Encyclopedia of Humor and Braude’s Treasury of Wit and Humor, have been mined by toastmasters and lecturers for decades. He was born in 1896 and died in 1970.


The last one is the view, looking the other way, toward the Tetons.  Yes, that’s snow!  The Chamber of Commerce guy in Driggs told me that they had to clear 8 feet of snow away at the Targhee Resort (at the bottom of this mountain), to prepare for their 4th of July festival!  That’s the resort, at the bottom of the ski lift.

Click on any of the images to enlarge.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol King
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 12:05:15

    Excellent job on both the painting and braving the ski lift. I enjoy how you simplify images. Your painting is grand, as is the landscape.


    • Beth Parker
      Sep 08, 2011 @ 12:17:10

      Thanks, Carol! I’ll let you in on a secret…. sometimes I simplify things because I simply don’t know how to paint the details. 😀 Cool trick, eh?


  2. lesliepaints
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 11:12:37

    I like how you were able to capture the hillside flattening out to the valley below with the patchwork of the fields, this piece. Heights? I am the same way. I even have trouble opening my eyes to take in the views, so I’m clapping for you!


  3. Androgoth
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 09:33:45

    Those ski lifts can be a tad dodgy especially if you lose your shoe or something on the way up there 🙂 lol Well done braving it and what a lovely painting you did to enhance the experience 🙂 Well done you

    Androgoth Xx


  4. lindahalcombfineart
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 08:33:26

    Beth, your painting is a charming, stylized presentation of what you saw. Lovely and BRAVO for carrying those paints to the top with you.


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