This painting of a Sandhill Crane is painted from Ladd’s photos taken at the Saltese Flats. It has been chosen to show at the Spokane Watercolor Society’s spring show in 2023.
After a fall visit to the Quinault Rainforest in western Washington, Ladd painted this watercolor of the lush vegetation and crystalline water. It has been purchased and has gone to its new home.
It was a joy to paint this spring wildflower on a cold gray January day. After several requests, I plan to offer prints and greeting cards of this painting. Here in the Inland Northwest, this flower is a beloved part of spring as every open wild hillside blooms.
Trail-inspired Oil Paintings
Tetons in Autumn Snow
In the fall of 2019 I was able to spend several days in the Tetons, with the aspens still in fall color and snow falling on the peaks. It was a memorable time, to say the least, and I was taking photos with my camera and phone and iPad. This watercolor was the first painting I did after returning to my studio, and has been my most popular print. I hoped to capture the amazing architecture of these mountains, and the warmth of the early October woods at their base.
This is available as a full-size print, a 5×7 small print and a greeting card, either at Avenue West Gallery or in my Etsy shop.
Short Draw Trail
One of my favorite places to hike is the Saltese Uplands Conservation Area. It’s a hill with wide open views of sunny hillsides, hawthorn and golden grass. A glance to the south takes your eye up into the forested mountains. This painting is inspired by a summer evening, the shadows growing long and everything a bit golden in the setting sun.
Andrew Saltese (spelled Seltice in Idaho) was one of the last Coeur d’Alene chiefs in the area and lived below these hills. The former Saltese Lake, drained but now a wetland under restoration by the county, stretches out at the base of the hills.
At this link, fine art prints of this painting are for sale. They are 9×12, the same size as the original, generously mounted and matted to 16×20.