The Artwork of
Kevin M. Haller
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Studio (working from photo of "Old Faithful" taken at YNP)
March 1
"Yellowstone Steam"
Watercolor   14x21
Inspiration and Design: View subject
In the summer of 2008, my daughter, Mary, and I saw the Old Faithful Geyser on a scheduled stop of a wildlife expedition tour.  The historic lodge at Old Faithful serves food, and the tour stopped there for lunch.  We arrived shortly after 11 am, and cumulonimbus storm clouds were forming due to the warming air temperatures.  The clouds form from the rapidly rising and sinking air currents.  The geyser erupted against a backdrop of impressive cloud formations.  Watching the geyser erupt, I observed that steam is ubiquitous during summer at Yellowstone.  In addition to the many geysers and hot springs, the region is prone to afternoon thunderstorms.  My primary goal for this painting was to convey a sensation of steam being everywhere in the landscape.  In the composition, I extended the Old Faithful shape beyond the top edge to convey its power and significance.