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Monday, June 28, 2010
June at Hope Valley-
Today I was up early. Its supposed to be about 98 today, with afternoon Thunder showers coming over Lake Tahoe. We live just below the lake, and I wanted to go up to Hope Valley today so I thought I better go early as I could. Fed my Calf, who seemed to enjoy the early milk , loaded the dogs and took off. Its so beautiful here, and the greens are really apparent now!! Hard to figure how to control them. I have been reading , of course, and found some older pastel journals that have some great articles in them. I could see how much painting with Albert Handell had influenced Richard McKinley's work in the early 2000's----amazing---and read his thoughts as he took this journey to where he is now. I will really miss a great clinic this September!!! But I will paint any way. Today , While I enjoyed where I was and will go back---I don't feel I got my self around the scene the way I wanted. First off, I choose to paint a far mountain that was being hit by the morning sun coming up in the East. Not many shadows, but still, I tried.
This is where I was looking----Next time I will chose a more up close scene. I did use a viewfinder, but held it too close to my eye to get the large scene. Better selection next time!! There is just so much you are overwhelmed!!This is my painting. I really tried to simplify the foreground, and also to show the farther mountain to be cooler, but still hit by light. And the foreground mt. is warmer and is not showing the true colors in the digital photo!! That's so frustrating! I don't understand how to adjust and get the correct color when this happens. At least I was out there , and home by 10 am!!! Hauled some hay, feed some horses, and now for my lunch! It was fun, but I need to do more, much more, and much better planning!!! The dogs had a great time , chasing squirrels, and trying to swim in the river---Which is very HIGH by the way!! NOT SO HIGH last june when I painted the dog playing in the water, trying to fish!! He was having so much fun.