Oil on Canvas 25.5×34″ –This is the first backpacking sketch that I’ve turned into a finished oil painting. Lauren named this place on the east side of Sawtooth Pass “Marmot Paradise” for all the happy groundhogs who call this place home who were whistling, running amok and eating the vibrant grasses in these high meadows. I took pictures of the original sketch and my backpacking painting kit so people can see the setup. I used a lightweight sheet of corrugated plastic as a laptop desk with a clip-on water container. Notice the wet paper towel that I squeeze my paints onto… it wicks water up into the paints to keep the dry mountain air from solidifying them. No stand up easel this trip, but after hiking fifteen miles over a pass, who wants to stand?