Spring and it is so green here!

"Spring in the Foothills". ©2012 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 16" x 20"
I've been painting outside when the weather is clear lately. In particular, an area to the east called the South Fork Valley. Usually I paint the view to the east because I'm keenly interested in capturing the mountains in changing light.

But sometimes when I need shade there are overhanging trees with a view to the south: Anderson Mountain. Lately the grass has been crazy green with patches of mustard flowers. Until last week it's been a little cool and the snow patches were hanging on.

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