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Category: National Parks Posts

This category of Stefan Baumann’s blog features posts about the National Parks and about park locations that Baumann painted in his PBS series on DVDs, “The Grand View: America’s National Parks Through the Eyes of an Artist.”

Sketchbooks, Valuable Artist’s Tool

Published on November 1, 2014 under All Posts
Sketchbooks, Valuable Artist’s Tool
                                                                                “Curious Bear” by Stefan Baumann   At our camp near Coulter Bay, on the boundary of the Teton National Park, there was a curious bear whose name is Number 399. When I captured my first glimpse of Number 399, I grabbed my sketchbook to make a quick sketch on paper knowing that I could later transfer it to canvas. The bear stood for a few moments among several fallen tree trunks before lofting away to another campsite. While he stood there, a burst of wind made his fur ripple like waves on water, back-blowing his thick winter coat. The…
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Glacier National Park: Cliff Dweller

Published on July 14, 2014 under Currently Available Paintings
Glacier National Park: Cliff Dweller
Glacier National Park: Cliff Dweller Original Oil by Stefan Baumann 20x24 Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Stretched on Wood Bars Framing 4" Gold Frame Signed Lower Right- Baumann  GV    Date Completed: 2014 Artist's Comments Painting  Dall Sheep in Glacier National Park is thrilling.  I have had the great pleasure of watching them as  they walk along cliffs without fear or hesitation.   Seeing these great American mountain sheep dance on the rocks high on the mountain is exciting and inspiring.  Their adaptation to overcoming the difficulties that nature and life on the mountain forces upon them  reminds me that all living…
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A Foggy Morning in Olympic National Park

Published on July 10, 2014 under All Posts
A Foggy Morning in Olympic National Park
"Misty Morning in Olympic National Park" The first time I traveled to Olympic National Park, I went to paint a scene of a foggy morning on the coastline in the Park for my PBS series, “The Grand View, America’s National Park through the Eyes of an Artist." We drove through the Elma Valley and over to the Olympic peninsula where more than 73 miles of the northern Pacific coast is protected by the Olympic National Park. Visitors are able to experience miles of magnificent coastline full of tide pools, sandy beaches, and rocky cliffs. I chose a cold and foggy landscape…
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Painting A Geyser in Yellowstone Park, Part 2

Published on February 27, 2014 under All Posts
Painting A Geyser in Yellowstone Park, Part 2
"Yellowstone Geyser, Primary Sketch" by Stefan Baumann Three Keys to Plein Air Success, Inspiration, Composition & Application, Part 2   Inspiration As demonstrated by painting a geyser in Yellowstone National Park, an artist must first be inspired by an idea, feeling or vision of what he wants to communicate with the viewer about the scene or location before applying any paint to the canvas. The source of inspiration may be the effect of light in the scene, or a feeling created by the lighting or the time of day, or it might come from several objects in a location that…
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Painting a Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Part 1

Published on February 25, 2014 under All Posts
Painting a Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Part 1
"Yellowstone Geyser, Opus 1" by  Stefan Baumann  Inspiration, Composition & Color Application, Part 1 When I begin a painting on location, my main objective is to capture the subject in as little time as possible, and when painting a geyser, the pressure to paint fast is even greater. Painting a geyser like one in Yellowstone Park depicted in “Yellowstone Geyser, Opus 1” is quite a challenge, as it only erupts every 12 hours and the burst of water and steam lasts only 2-3 minutes. Capturing the essence of the geyser blowing upwards into the air in such a short time…
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Christmas Afternoon in Yosemite National Park

Published on December 18, 2013 under National Parks Posts
Christmas Afternoon in Yosemite National Park
" Skating in Yosemite Late Christmas  Day" by Stefan Baumann This painting was painted late Christmas day on location in Yosemite National Park. Every so often I take off and spend the holidays doing what I enjoy most, and that is painting on location to capture the feeling of the day; the mood, the temperature, and the stories of places I travel to experience. Spending Christmas outside, apart from religious Holiday, feels different than any other holiday. The light is low as we approach the shortest day of the year, the pace is slow, and the conversion of the cold…
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Yellowstone Journal Entry ~ Sept 22, 2013

Published on September 26, 2013 under All Posts
Yellowstone Journal Entry ~ Sept 22, 2013
We continue our travels to Yellowstone after spending the night at Peek Ranch, a private horse ranch on the border of west Idaho traveling up the Snake River.  It is the same route that the Louis and Clark expedition followed as he and a team of explorers, commissioned by Thomas Jefferson, searched for a northern passage through Northern America.  Our trail drifts Northwest of Yellowstone along the backside of the Tetons, a route made famous by early western fur trappers who named the mountain range (which resembled large pointed breasts) the “Tetons.” Then, our compass points east and we ascend…
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Sketchbooks Are Essential, Curious Bear

Published on November 25, 2009 under Art of Painting Posts
"Curious Bear" by Stefan Baumann After successfully painting all day on the bank of the Snake River, we returned to camp.  Squirrels chatter in the trees as they jump from branch to branch, from tree to tree, as if today is the last day to gather pinion and cedar nuts to hoard inside old hollow trees for quick snacks during the cold winter months.  In the woods not far from us, we can hear the unmistakable bugling sounds of Wapiti (elk) as they establish their territory and breeding herd.  Bears, too, eat continuously to store fat for their long winter’s…
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Painting Wild Animals In Teton National Park

Published on October 31, 2009 under National Parks Posts
Painting Wild Animals In Teton National Park
"Wapiti Study, Opus 1" by Stefan Baumann Fall colors of the trees blanketed the hillside with a palette of green, crimson, and amber foliage, signaling the changing seasons.  Bursts of air blew through the groves of aspen trees tickling the golden yellow leaves making them quiver.  Light breezes started from the foothills and briskly floated upwards to the mountain peaks.  In the distance, I could hear the faint whisper of streams of air moving through these beautiful trees.  The leaves trembled, making quaking, rustling sounds, and all at once they serenaded me with a grand symphony of song.  Millions of…
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Painting Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park

Published on October 12, 2009 under National Parks Posts
Painting Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park
"Yellowstone Bison" By Stefan Baumann September 20, 2009 Our journey continued north into Yellowstone as we followed an old logging route.  We carefully towed our trailer through the forest, knowing that we risked the chance of breaking down in a very remote part of the country. The standing trees were so thick that it seemed impossible to find a space wide enough for the trailer to squeeze through. We finally reached the southern point of Yellowstone Lake, and found the West thumb of the Geyser Basin. There we discovered a herd of American bison grazing nearby, lingering as if they…
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