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"Spring Thaw" depicts a view along the trail to Strawberry Mountain Oregon's Strawberry Mountains Wildernesss.

This small oil painting is based in on-site pencil sketches and memories from several summers of hikes into the Strawberry Mountains. It portrays a specific spot along the trail -- the last lush meadow and snow-melt stream before the trail turns to a talus slope. It's one of my favorite spots along the trail leading to the top of Strawberry Mountain (elevation just over 9,000 feet.) Each year I made the hike, I was especially fascinated by the pale pink rafts of "snow" bloom that blanketed the edges of the stream. That "bloom" is visible in the painting, along the snowbank side of the stream (see the second photo in this listing.)

I mixed small amounts of bees' wax with the paint to create a lush physical texture and subtle color shifts, all of which make this a great work for close viewing displayed on a desk or mantel shelf. The fifth photo in this listing shows the entire work.

When viewing the detail photos, be sure to click Zoom, as those images may be larger than what is displayed within the confines of the space above.

Image Size: 3 X 4 1/2 inches
Crisp white mat to a standard frame size: 6 X 8 inches

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Spring thaw in Oregon's Strawberry Mountains Wilderness is subject of small oil painting


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  • Materials: gesso, acid free paper, oil paint, bees wax
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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