Lewis and Clark Route to Glacier NP and Return by Route 66 (I40)  (Fall 2015)

 
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Various Watercolor Studies 

 

These watercolors are small studies made on the go. My hope was that for their number and what they represent they would capture the flavor of the trip. They speak for the moment and are not intended as crafted or finished works. If, in addition, they happen to give some pleasure in their viewing, then they have served their purpose. All are available as signed archival prints - $35 each - 8.5x11 on Arches paper.

 

 

Buck Creek

IN Confield

 Buck Creek  - Ohio

 

Missouri River at St. Joseph

 

Indiana Cornfield - I74

Collection of Whit Andrews

Grasslands (web)

First of Rockies

Big Mts in GNP

Grasslands - South Dakota

First View of Rockies - Montana

Glacier National Park -

Montana

Glacier N Park


Morning Mists
Glacier National Park, MT
Private Collection





Two Medicine


Two Medicine Campsite, MT
Collection Carolyn & Jim Stewart





Red Rock River


Red Rock River Valley
Montana

 

Palace -Mesa Verde

Palace - Mesa Verde, CO

 

Mule Deer

Mule Deer at Mesa Verde, CO
Bass Fishing AR

Bass Fishing, AR

 

 

 

John Steinbeck took an old pickup truck and his dog, Charlie, and drove a circuit around the country, finding material for his writing as he went. His book intrigued me when it first came out and has provoked 'bucket list' notions ever since. Over thirty years ago I biked the Oregon Trail as far as Wyoming before the exigencies of a sailboat back in the Chesapeake Bay required my attention and cut short my trip.  My plan had been to bike as far as was interesting with only watercolors, a tent, sleeping bag, clothing, and no cooking equipment. I had thought that eating in 'mom and pop' restaurants would provide fodder for painting. Little did I realize that those restaurants had long been replaced by McDonalds and Hardee's as sources of local color.  Still, the experience of biking cross country is a fabulous one - I highly recommend it; you are not going so fast that you fly past things and you can easily stop whenever you wish. The farther west you go people become more and more friendly and forthcoming. Small communities and less dense populations enjoy a quality of life not obtainable in large metropolitan areas. We used to log the latitude at which people quit waving back on sailing trips to Maine in the summer. It usually occurred off the  Jersey Shore - boats passed with eyes straight ahead no matter the distance off - straining not to look, where in the South the smallest johnboat throws up a hand. Of course you can't walk down 5th Avenue waving to everyone - even I know that!

 

Whether to take the Lewis and Clark Trail or the Oregon Trail had been a dilemma at the time of the OT trip; I wanted to do both. "Oh, I kept the first for another day..." the poet says and this September I did indeed come back to it. I have to confess that it is a lot easier to travel by pickup than by dragging barges up the Missouri River. I stopped to paint (in the rain) at St. Joseph, MO near the expedition's outward bound and return campsite. The current there probably averaged 4 or 5 knots at an average water level. If there were no other challenges, such current alone would be enough to test your will. Wading and dragging by tumpline well over a ton of equipment and supplies makes it horrendous. Add the unknown... Well, you can imagine what was required.


 

 

Edwin L. Green, Artist

Watercolors and Oils 

PO Box 744  - Toano, VA 23168 

Phone (757) 566-1582

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