Montana, Day 4 & 5

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Well, I think we’ve seen just about everything Montana can offer us in 5 days. OK, maybe not everything (Lavette H).

This morning we woke up to about an inch of snow. As I’m writing this post we have about 4 inches. It’s been a relaxing 2 days. Yesterday I spent sometime at the house working on a study of a Buffalo we saw just outside of Bozeman, on the way to Big Sky. It was great weather for painting, so I painted on the deck. Today, not quite the same, I had to paint in the house. Last night when we watching the weather report the weatherman referred to Montana as the state of extreme weather. Yeah, I’d say so.

We’ve been spending the last couple of days just being quite and learning to slowdown. Montana is good at getting you to slow down. If I’m not painting I’m sitting with Janice on the couch talking and enjoying a warm fire or we’re preparing a meal together. We just took a walk in the snow just a few minutes ago.

Tomorrow we’re off to Bozeman just to check it out and do a little antiquing. Saturday is supposed to be beautiful so we’re planning on taking a drive to the town of West Yellowstone. The park is currently closed because our idiot leaders can’t get their act together, but the drive should be beautiful. West Yellowstone is getting snow today and tomorrow.

I’ve posted a couple of paintings as well as some of the weather we’ve encountered the last 5 days. enjoy.









Montana, Day 3

Day 3 in Montana was a travel day. We’re leaving the Bitterroot Valley and heading towards Big Sky, a ski resort south of Bozeman.

Or plan was to drive first Helena, the capitol of Montana. We were not impressed with Helena, it looked like they were trying to breathe life into the historic district but it just wasn’t working. Perhaps it’s the economy. The numerous strip malls throughout Helena didn’t help. We pretty much got a burrito and headed south towards Bozeman to pick up some odorless turps. Earlier I picked up some of that natural terpenoids, Nasty stuff. It’s very difficult to clean ones brush with that stuff. Anyway, after our stop in Bozeman we headed south, an hours drive to Big Sky.

We arrived at our beautiful house around 5:00pm. A big thanks must go out to my very generous collectors for offering their home to us for the week.

Driving through Montana you truly do understand why they call Montana, “Big Sky Country”. It really is quite expansive.

And we’re already missing the Bitterroot Valley.

Here are a few shots from our drive.