The photo I used for this painting was taken on a very smoky day this fall. The wind was from the north, blowing in smoke from fires in Montana. I recently bought a new 23" monitor which I connect to my laptop and display the photo I am using for reference in the studio. I hung it on the wall on a mount that I can move so I can pull it closer to me or push further away. I like it much better than printed photos, even from the drugstore. My own printer leaves most of the color out, so it is useless, but I have been very pleased with the monitor. It lets me see all the color, even in the dark areas.
Started as a plein air piece, but finished in studio and given to friends of mine. This was a glorious autumn and I went to Cataract Lake, where this was painted three times in one week! The first time I hiked there, and I swore I would come back to paint. I did, twice. I just finished a large painting from a photo I took while there. I will post it in a day or so.