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The Highest Snag was painted from memory. I used to ride the mountains of North Idaho, and, if I started very early, I could reach the summit of one or another of the Selkirks to watch day break. The rise of the morning sun would bring the mist to rise from the valleys and mountains below me, one of the most wondrous events of the North Idaho wilderness, the mist rising and peeling off the hills to rise as foggy clouds, wisps of moisture dissipating as the sun rose higher and higher. One of my favorite vistas was near this very, very large, tall larch snag. The base of that old snag was located a good 100 yards below me, unreachable because of the steep terrain. It must have been a good two-and-a-half or three feet at its base when it died because the upper third of it was easily a foot and a half in diameter. Sometimes an eagle would land on one of its branches as the mare cropped mountain grasses, me sitting quietly on her back, just enjoying the clean, brisk air, the quiet, the view, and being with my best friend, my horse.

Comments

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 6 years ago

    beautiful work!!

  • Thank you.

    – DLKeur

  • velveteagle
    velveteagleover 6 years ago

    Imagine the sunsets it had seen.. The life it did breath in.. You have brought back its essences with image and words.. Beautifully done on both..

  • Wonderful words. Thank you.

    – DLKeur

  • Carolyn Staut
    Carolyn Stautover 5 years ago

    I am amazed and awed by your artistry. This is another fine example. Wonderful work!

  • You are very kind. I thank you.

    – DLKeur

  • Igor Shrayer
    Igor Shrayeralmost 4 years ago

    Stunning artwork!

  • Thanks, Igor. I appreciate you looking.

    – DLKeur

  • Lynn Wiles
    Lynn Wilesalmost 4 years ago

    Your tree series is magical.

  • Thank you! A big compliment.

    – DLKeur

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonalmost 4 years ago

    Simple, moody, and really beautiful. I love your colour choice :)

  • I appreciate you sharing your sentiment. Simplicity I love, and moody was my intent, and I REALLY appreciate that you love my preference for monochromatics.

    – DLKeur

  • Gisele Bedard
    Gisele Bedardalmost 4 years ago

    Simple…Beautiful!

  • Thank you, Gisele. And I am really jealous of your beautiful name. Lucky you!

    – DLKeur

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoalmost 4 years ago

    This is wonderus…..and magical. I love how you have expressed your memory!! Beautiful job!!!

  • Thanks, Elizabeth. I do everything from memory rather than from a photograph. I’m not sure why. It’s just the way I’ve always done it. Accuracy to place is pretty good. Realism isn’t because it’s more of a feel. Thanks again for taking time to look and comment.

    – DLKeur

  • Jane Best
    Jane Bestalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful. Artistic and atmospheric.

  • Thanks, Jane. Atmospheric! There’s a word. Thank you. Artistic is something some people would argue, especially one of the downtown galleries here. snicker (I’m so bad.) Thanks for looking and commenting.

    – DLKeur

  • Blake McArthur
    Blake McArthuralmost 4 years ago

    You have an uncanny ability to create pieces that draw me in two totally opposite directions at the same time. I love it, and I want to step inside!!!

  • Hi, Blake. What a compliment! Thank you!

    – DLKeur

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