It was time for another quick escape from reality so we headed up to Vedauwoo, WY. We had passed by Vedauwoo last year on our way to Utah and had heard great things about it. Since we had a few days off of work we decided to make a run for it. This was one of our easiest trips so far with a quick 2 hour drive, easy set up and no real problems with the Airstream. We arrived and were setup by noon on our first day. So we set out on a beautiful hike that circled around Turtle Rock which was the large rock formation nearest to our campsite. The hike wound through dense aspen forest, past some marsh areas, wildflowers and through some great rock formations. It was a perfect start to the trip.
That afternoon I took advantage of the calm weather and painted Turtle Rock from our campground. This rock formation is immense and quite intricate with various formations, cracks and crevices. I decided to paint this scene with my newer style of a colored under painting, and then layer a painting on top and scrape through to the base for a more impressionistic painting with more emotion and color. Ironically, some campers nearby came over to see what I was doing but only saw the first base layer. I’m pretty sure they thought I was crazy and had no talent at all. I encouraged them to come back in an hour for a better view which fortunately they did so I got to restore my reputation.
The next day and half we explored the area both by car and by foot. The area is large and has a lot of dispersed camping options. We explored those areas with the hopes of coming back in the future with a few other friends. Unfortunately both days had high winds which made it almost impossible to paint. So both Ross and I enjoyed sitting and reading and relaxing.
Hope you enjoyed the photos and until next time.