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Rafting Waters

JAN FORDYCE PAINTINGS

RAFTING WATERS

JULY 2016

New painting from the studio!
©2016 Jan Fordyce, Curvilinear Forms, 40"x60" oil on canvas

Rafting the Waters of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

I had the amazing opportunity to go on a rafting trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. It is a pristine section of wild and scenic water where the only way in is on a raft or flying in on a small plane. 

The trip was special in many ways. It was a constant source of inspiration looking at the cool river waters from the raft, and from the shores after a day in the boat. The water is so clear you can see the rocks below as and you float by. The upper section held hot springs to soak in, while the lower section had magnificent falls. The water changed in the shadows and in the sun light, and especially in the rapids where the water roared by and over rocks that bounced us in the air and splashed us with cold clear water. Each day the scenery changed as we traveled 100 miles over six days. The upper section was pine forests some of it burned in earlier fires while the lower section became rugged rocky canyon and sage. Each day held a new vision around each bend in the river.

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is known for its white water rafting and kayaking and it did not disappoint. Thanks to our amazing and very skilled guides we all hooted and hollered as we went down the rapids smiling and impressed with their skill in maneuvering the rafts. We were blessed with perfect weather and a group of people from all over the U.S. many of whom we did not know but who all became friends by the end of a trip. The magic of the river, the guides and all the new friends and experiences we had made for a trip of a lifetime and inspiration for many paintings to come. I can now say the Middle Fork of the Salmon is my new muse for work ahead.

Photo by Peter Fordyce

Photo by Peter Fordyce

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho.

Photo by Peter Fordyce

Photo by Peter Fordyce

The water's edge of the river winding through the canyon.

Looking down at the river. The water is so clear you can see the rocks below. Great inspiration for future paintings.

Photo by Teresa Brooks

Photo by Teresa Brooks

Kayaking in the ducky.

Photo by Peter Fordyce

Photo by Peter Fordyce

 

Looking down at the Middle Fork near the end of the trip.

Around Town

At the Denver Art Museum a must see exhibit: Women of Abstract Expressionism. An inspiring and insightful exhibit of Women Abstract Artists from both the east and west coasts. The first Women abstract exhibit to date! Big, bold and wonderful paintings from some of the best women abstract artists during the height of the movement in the 50's and 60's with names such as Helen Frankenthaler and Joan Mitchell.
The exhibit runs until Sept. 25th.

Around Town
All Colorado Show at the Curtis Arts and Humanities Center is still showing until July 29th. Hope you can stop by and see my painting, Surface Patterns
2349 East Orchard Rd. Greenwood Village, Co. 80121


© 2016 Jan Fordyce, Surface Patterns, 36"x48" oil on canvas

 

 

 

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