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Painting The Teton Mountains En Plein Aire

Published on September 18, 2009 under National Parks Posts
Painting The Teton Mountains En Plein Aire

“Teton Spendor” by Stefan Baumann

It has been many years since I began painting twenty of America’s National Parks for the PBS series “The Grand View, America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist.”  Lately, I have been yearning to return to the wilderness near Yellowstone and paint along the way.  Earlier this year we bought a 1970 Silver Streak Trailer and, after much preparation, we hooked it onto my truck and began our exciting journey.  The next few blogs come from observations I wrote in my daily journal and paintings I sketched of locations that captured my eye along the way.  So, come along with us as we travel through the northwestern corner of Wyoming on our road trip to the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park.

September 18, 2009

As we approached Jackson, Wyoming, we traveled off the main road onto an old prospector’s trail.  The ruts were deep and it was hard to move forward with the trailer.  After about a mile, the truck could not go any further on this dirt road, so I collected my paint supplies and hiked up the pass on foot.  Cool breezes and a few light showers signaled that the seasons were changing and winter was on the way.  The aspen trees were also changing, their green summer tops turning to a more suitable coat of yellows, oranges, magenta, and browns.  Thick layers of clouds covered the Teton Mountains.  From time to time the clouds cleared, revealing majestic crags and peaks above the foothills, so beautifully sprinkled with aspen trees, with a thousand gorgeous autumn colors and hues.


Plein air and Alla Prima artist Stefan Baumann, host of  the PBS painting series “The Grand View, America’s National Park through the eyes of an artist” and author of “Observations Of Art and Nature,” travels in his vintage travel trailer painting America’s western landscape. Baumann paints outdoors with oils and canvas capturing stunning vistas, wildlife, western landscapes, National Parks and still life, thrilling art collectors throughout the world.  He has many collectors acquiring his paintings as investment internationally. His painting style is called Romantic Realism with Lumunism and the extraordinary way he captures the effect of light is a truly an American Style used to paint the Western Landscape.  He can be seen painting in Yellowstone, Yosemite and in the Grand Canyon and Baumann’s “how to paint” DVDs filmed on location in the National Parks  are the very best on the market.

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