Throughout the 1970’s,  Monte visited Canada and Alaska on canoe trips several times.  Certainly, these trips provided grand inspiration for later pastels.  Some of these pastels turned out better than others.


Pastel, pine tree outcropping, lake, 1979 DSCF0211

Some pastels were of more dramatic and darker hues than others, while others focused on more bright imagery.  For some time, many of these pastels hung from cords draped from the ceiling of an upstairs bedroom of Monte and Sharyl’s home.


Monte once told a man pastels were very easy for him to complete and he could produce one quite quickly.


Above is a pastel Monte most likely was not too fond of in either its entirety, or the lower half of it.