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Month: August 2011

Garnet Ghost Town

I was in Missoula, Montana, last year for a photography workshop at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. We were so busy during that week I didn’t have a chance to explore the area as much as I would’ve liked.

Last week I headed back to Missoula with Wendell to have a look around. In reading up on Missoula and that part of Montana, I discovered Garnet Ghost Town: “Montana’s Best-Preserved Ghost Town.” And it IS very well preserved.

There are two routes that’ll get you there from Missoula, and one of them is a heck of a lot easier than the other, something we found out the hard way.

Once you arrive, you walk down the path toward the town, which sits below the parking area. There’s a self-guided tour of the buildings that are still standing, and the setting is beautiful. The Well’s Hotel is particularly interesting because of the peeling wallpaper, decrepit furniture, old beds, and other objects inside. It’s difficult to imagine living and working in that little town, mining the gold and enduring so much hardship.

If you’re ever in the area, Garnet Ghost Town is definitely worth the visit. Just be sure to take the easy road.

A New Encaustic Photo Transfer: This Time It’s a Rooster

I’ve been working on some new encaustic pieces during the past two weeks. Inspired by the image transfer demonstration I saw at the encaustic conference back in June, I’ve been trying my hand at a few of these “water transfers.”

The process requires patience, which isn’t really one of my strengths! It’s worth it though when the paper is rubbed away and the image has transferred nicely into the surface of the wax.

I started with a cropped version of one of the photos I took during the 2011 Fields Project. I added layers of wax, oil stick, and even used a paper doily to add texture.


Grant’s Roosters, I, will be included in the Power of Color III show at Gallery West. The show opens on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, August 13, from 5 to 8 pm.