Skagit After Tryon. Oil on Linen Panel. 9 x 12.
Early this spring I was driving a group from the High School Debate Team to a debate in Snohomish County. Driving along at 65 in the giant, rickety high school van I saw an incredible scene to the west that looked exactly like a Dwight Tryon painting. There was a row of bare trees, gray clouds and a band of cold yellow light below the trees.
Given the circumstances, I could only glance but this is what I remember.
I'd been studying the tonalists at that time, which was why the scene hit me with such force. A day or two later I stumbled on this wonderful blog post by Loriann Signori where she discussed the Tryon paintings she'd just seen in D.C.!
Shortly after that I started this painting. You can see an early version of it on my blog here. It's taken quite a while to paint this - adding things, taking things out.