“Bannack Study”

“Bannack Study”

7 x 9″ oil/canvas mounted to hardwood panel
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This little painting is a study of the ghost town, Bannack. It was the first territorial capital of Montana and fortunately for us, is largely intact. There are so many interesting old buildings and cabins. It is one of my favorite places to visit. Every year there is a rendevous called Bannack Days, where many people come to reenact the pioneer days.

This painting was mostly about the composition. The values are strong, although a little unbalanced. Those dark shapes of the buildings remind me of an Edward Hopper painting.
Toward the end I decided to focus on the sage brush. As I said before, foliage is not my strong suit and I need to practice.

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