Sod Roofed Cabin
Roger paints on location at the Miracle of America Museum. Using acrylics he starts by blocking out the composition with charcoal then roughly blocking in the large shapes first for the paintings foundation, an essential step before refinement and details are added. Roger finishes the painting back in his studio with the addition of a couple of hounds and machinery for interest. The founder of the museum shows Sarah the inside of the cabin built in 1898 with its dirt floor and furnishings from a previous century.
The Steam Tractor
Sarah takes an exciting ride on a huge antique steam tractor at the Miracle of America Museum and talks with the founder about the uses and mechanics of steam engines. Roger paints the tractor back in his studio using oils and shows step by step all the brush strokes involved in creating details and a weathered look for the old metal farm vehicle.
Lolo Pass, Idaho
Sarah and Roger spend time by the Lochsa River in Idaho where in 1805 the explorers Lewis and Clark traveled. Sarah and their dog Mic take time in the campground to visit other campers who travel with pets. Roger uses oils to paint in the late afternoon hours with quickly changing shadows before the sun sets. Trying to place darks over lights in oils can create chalky results so Roger demonstrates working with dark tones and following up with lighter ones. He puts the finishing touches on the painting back in his studio.