Art in the Park, and the First Day of Spring

First day of Spring is here, and although the high today is supposed to be in the 50's, the barometer is dropping and rain and snow are in weather.gov's forecast for the rest of the week. Everyone you talk to is hoping for more moisture for the snow pack as a hedge against the dangers of fire season.

Howard has seen robins, and the chipmunks have come out from their hibernation locations in the rock walls next to the house. This has Jessie going in and out more frequently so she can keep an eye on them and the squirrels.

I'm back from four days of art in Yellowstone with instructors sculptor/painter George Bumann and journal maker, artist and chef, Maria Hodkins  . Our trip was arranged by Chuck Ernst, who I met during George's and Hannah Hinchman's art classes last summer at the YA Institute's Buffalo Ranch. He and his wife Cheryl, and their friend Suzanne Mann were the other students. We stayed above Gardiner at the YA's Overlook campus. On our first morning, we were serenaded by the wolves of the 8 Mile pack, and we were able to watch them for a time from the back porch of the cabin. The Overlook cabins sit above a very flat plateau with a ridge sloping up on its right and the Gardner river and road to Mammoth on the left. On the west side of the Park road rise Sepulchre and Electric Peaks. Looking east from the first pullout in the Park beyond the Mammoth entrance, you can see the Overlook cabins perched on the higher ridge above the flats.

After the wolf serenade and watching we headed into the Mammoth Hot Springs area of Yellowstone. There we sketched buffalo, and the beautiful Minerva Terraces.

Pigma micron pen sketch

Pigma micron pen sketch

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Faber Castell brush pen sketches

Wolf watching and sketching. Pigma micron pen

Wolf watching and sketching. Pigma micron pen

The members of the Wolf Project ski across the valley to retrieve the body of wolf 759F, killed by Lamar and Hoodoo wolves.

After two days of sketching in the Park with George, at the cabin we started our journaling classes with Maria.

View of Sepulcher from Overlook cabin. Sketching and testing different media

View of Sepulcher from Overlook cabin. Sketching and testing different media

The Native American hunt is going on right now, and George found these buffalo heads near his house. He offered us the opportunity in the afternoon to sketch the cow and calf.

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Our last sketches of the trip. Thanks again to Chuck and Cheryl for the opportunity!