In spring, here in northwest Montana, the lupines bloom abundantly. At Wayfarer’s Park in Bigfork, the lupines are everywhere and one feels the joy of spring while hiking the trails. This painting was done from a plein air piece, along with a photo taken on the same day. The light was filtering through the upper canopy and casting beautiful bands of light over the grasses and lupines.

The path of light on the trail and on the foliage leads the eye into the painting and to the left, into a secluded spot in the background. Jeanette Rehahn oversaw my work on this painting and gave me suggestions to create a fullness and depth to the grasses with the light brushing the tips.

Take a stroll down this path and let your imagination run wild!

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