A while back a friend of mine asked if I would do a painting of the view from his house in Big Sky. I said sure. He said, I’ll fly you out and I said “If you are going to fly me out, I’ll do the painting in trade” and he said okay. He also flew Martha out and we stayed in his house for 5 days so I figured I’d better give him something good. I mentioned this before in a previous post. I’m all for a trade and I’ve always wanted to go to Big Sky, so what the heck. I did 3 or 4 crappy studies out there for color and got some decent photos too. This painting is about 48×40. I just tacked canvas to the wall brought out my crappy studies and put some photos up on the monitor and went at it. Turned out pretty good. and when it’s really dry, I’ll give it a coat of soluvar (I now mix the matte and the gloss to get a satin gloss) and roll it up and ship it to him so he can have it framed. A good deal all around.