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Laura Pritchett  Painting, drawing, photographing. Traveling full-time w/ @nicholasjared & our little one. • Rep: Tinker Street * | Paintings in Principle Gallery

still one of my favorite places where we’ve dragged this little home ✨

🎨 #oilpainting • I realize this one might be a little confusing ~ I’ve posted many photos of my palettes in the past, but felt the urge to paint this one instead for the chance to reinterpret & miniaturize it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It’s a learning curve for me to reference, with care, the paint marks & drips that I’d originally caused absentmindedly. There are usually two sides to everything & turning around to appreciate the beautiful mess that’s left behind when I’ve been so focused on making something else precise, is a full circle kind of feeling. It’s also a little dizzying, dipping my brush onto an actual palette, to create a tiny painting of a palette, that reinterprets a third palette, ha! 🙈🎨🎨🎨 (SOLD)

An evening in Alpine, Wyoming • July

Close • my second oil painting that’s small enough to fit under the rim of a coffee cup 🐰. (SOLD) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Process: Instead of adding each strand of fur and grass with a brush, I began by painting a solid dark circle and then carefully scratched into it with a sharp metal tool (the one with a brown handle on the right). I was able to make the details I wanted by revealing thin lines of white gesso underneath the existing paint rather than by layering more to make the highlights. I struggle with dyslexia and some days, it feels like working in reverse makes the most sense 😆.

A dream about Wyoming. 💕

october wings • the first of a fun side-series of paintings and drawings that will each be small enough to fit under my cup ☕️. Some of these will be available in my shop as they’re posted here. ✨

A calm wind-sculpture from July in Utah • I have thousands of photographs from our journey so far and I’m just barely beginning to catch up with sorting them. We’ve taken our time living in 18 states over the first 6 months in our Airstream, but it feels like we’re just getting started. 😊✨

A little camp tucked away on forestry land that I’ll remember as much for our amazing neighbors (now friends) as I will for the striking views. ⛺️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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For 8 weeks, we’ve been running on solar and hauling our own water to be able to visit more remote places throughout the West (no hook ups and usually without cell signal). We often find ourselves alone, giving our full attention to the surroundings, but this place was busier than what we’re used to finding. We watched a cycle of Sprinter vans, rvs and tents call this place home for a few nights and each brought with them new stories of the day’s hike and impromptu campfire gatherings that we soaked in at sunset. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It was a special day when a man with a white beard appeared in a rusty truck loaded with canvas and bark-stripped saplings. He quickly set to work and by nightfall, the temporary lodge in this photo was built across from our Airstream. The glow you see is from his campfire inside. ✨

Goodnight Wyoming ✨

👒 ✨ ✍🏽// Shop - link in profile. I finally made a shop on my website for small drawings (including this one), photography prints and palettes. There’s also a place to ask about larger paintings and drawings that are now available if you’re interested.

I took this while standing in my favorite camp spot in Utah. Since then, we’ve headed north to find cooler weather, but when I look at this photo I can still smell the desert sage. 🌿

Listener✨ | graphite + wax pencil drawing

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