A Full Pack

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Several plein air paintings were used as the resource for this composite piece created in the studio. The majority of those paintings were made during pack trips in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. Every August a group of us head up for our annual painting, camping trip. We usually make camp somewhere between 9–11,000 ft. elevation. It's a difficult hike for me to make. Living in middle Tennessee doesn't give me much chance to 'practice high elevation breathing.' I work out for months to prepare my muscles for the 6-9 mile hike each year. These pack mules carry the bulk of the load for us, including all of the food for the cook's tent for the trip. Anything over 50 lbs., we pack in ourselves on our backs. This is one sure way of cutting down on what you bring along! I want to think lightweight, warm, dry clothes and boots, minimal colors of paint tubes, fewer brushes, my lightest pochade called a Sketchbook and mini tripod, and Claessens #15 double oil-primed linen mounted on 3mm Sintra or gatorfoam. 

In this painting, the mules are crossing one of several streams along our way. Often times the mules are on a different trail than we are, but it is a reassuring sight when our paths cross every now and then.

In the background we see the Minarets, and Banner Peak, and Mount Ritter (12,264'; 12,936' and 13,150' respectively).  We took the Ritter Trail out of Red's Meadow Pack Station. Our camp site was just below Banner Peak on Garnet Lake . Known as part of the  Ansel Adams Wilderness, Garnet Lake is 8.55 miles from the trailhead and about 3 miles north of the John Muir Trail. 

Email lori@loriputnam.com to find out where to view and purchase this painting. 

See how their colors move and create different shapes against the colors of summer by clicking here, Heavy Cream. 

See the painting of Jones Creek by clicking here, Blurred Lines.

To check availability of any of the work on my website, email lori@loriputnam.com.

 

Tribute

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We recently completed the building of my new studio in rural Charlotte, Tennessee. Unpacking boxes, stacking books, and placing artwork that was created by some of my greatest friends resulted in this still-life, interior motif.  The paintings and sculpture seen here are very loose interpretations of the actual works themselves. The sculpture, bathed in the beautiful north light of the studio, is by artist Alan LeQuire. The figure at top left is by Matt Linz, followed by a nude in candlelight in the middle by Quang Ho, and a portrait sketch by Kevin Beilfuss at top right.  These were all gifts or trades from these guys. Yes, I am very fortunate. Having works  surround me during the day inspires me to try new things, to grow, and to explore other subjects and mediums.  This is my tiny "Tribute" to those four amazing artists. I love having you with me every day!

Email lori@loriputnam.com to find out where to view and purchase this painting. 

See how their colors move and create different shapes against the colors of summer by clicking here, Heavy Cream. 

See the painting of Jones Creek by clicking here, Blurred Lines.

To check availability of any of the work on my website, email lori@loriputnam.com.

Blurred Lines

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Shapes, textures, patterns, lines, colors,

these are the elements that excite me to create. 

Jones Creek runs very near my home in Middle Tennessee. This scene is one of the narrower passages, just before it flows into the Harpeth River. 

I have noticed similar scenes during winter travels to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The rich tones of the water look particularly dark against the bright snow. It was a rare gift to find such a view here in Tennessee. We no longer get huge snows in the winter like we did when I was a little girl. When it does snow here, it never sits on the long enough for the sun to cast beautiful shadows like this. 

Every shape in this painting is completely different than every other shape. From the largest chunks to the smallest marks, I carefully painted them with intention and purpose. It is a misconception that painting loosely and expressively is some how quick, random, or without thought. On the contrary. To paint with what appears to be total abandon, I must concentrate, make a million decisions, place, scrape, move back and forth. In calculated moves, I step in and out of the canvas, dancing with the image forming there. 

Email lori@loriputnam.com to find out where to view and purchase this painting. 

See how their colors move and create different shapes against the colors of summer by clicking here, Heavy Cream. 

See the painting of Jones Creek by clicking here, Blurred Lines.

To check availability of any of the work on my website, email lori@loriputnam.com.