The Ideal Creative Day
6:30 AM |
It’s summer, and the days are long in the Wind River Range. Kathryn rises and starts the day with several Sun Salutations. These yoga moves get the kinks that happen from sleeping on the ground. A feel-good way to wake up!
More awake, Kathryn gathers up her field easel to continue her study of the morning light. The cook starts the coffee back at camp, and Kathryn takes a break to grab her morning jolt of caffeine. When the painting is finished, she returns to a hot breakfast at camp.
11:45 AM | After several hours of hiking, Kathryn finds herself high in the Green River Lakes area. It is a clear summer day, and the light is vivid. She will spend the afternoon painting here.
2:30 PM | I am working on an afternoon painting that is informed by what I took in from my hike and sketches. The shadows are lengthening, and the colors are getting richer as the day goes by. It is a blue sky, but the high cumulus clouds slowly drift over the Mountains.
5:00 PM |
The pack trip outfitters patiently wait as Kathryn puts the finishing touches on her paintings. They are packed away on a mule with the rest of the artists’ materials to head back to camp. Appreciating the lighter load, Kathryn hikes back to camp, taking in the quiet and low light. Dinner is ready upon their arrival, and the artists and outfitters sit to enjoy a meal and each others’ company around a dancing fire. As the stars start to appear, we feel uniquely blessed to be exactly where we are.
It feels like a luxury to be ‘unplugged’ from all this in the wilderness. In this solitude, I can best hear my artistic voice and intuition. – KMT