Monday, August 2, 2010
Summer Aspens in Hope Valley
It has been a while since I have put a plein-air on my blog, but I have been going out non the less. Just have not been to successful lately! So, I did force myself to use my sketchbook and do the nolans in it, and thumbnails instead. I have always believed if i do this, and get better at this, my paintings will also get better. It helps distill the scene for you, and you get what you want onto your painting. soon, it only takes a few minutes to do this step, but for now, it does take me awhile. Yet, it does force me to look, and to see, and to think of my composition more. Many almost pieces were done, but paper not wasted as I washed them off , and will use the paper again! That is one pleasure of using good artists quality tools. Yesterday was a beautiful Sunday, wonderful in the early morning, and with 5 dogs , and my sister to help with the dogs, and haul my stuff we once again went up to Hope Valley. Its about 20 minutes from where we live, and the early mornings are so wonderful----no people, and we have it all to ourselves! There is the remains of the old hi-way, 89, running thru the valley, going up to Luther Pass and on to Lake Tahoe, so we walk down it. Its great, so quiet, and its right on the valley floor, a very small hwy. You can imagine the old cars on it from the 20's, 30's and 4Os's. Found a great spot with a small bunch of summer Aspens in the sunlight, grasses and bushes everywhere----This is just one possible scene that beckons you to paint it!! Evenings are just as wonderful here, with very rich color. Wild flowers abound, wish I could paint them! The far mountain was in direct sunlight, I hope it reads well. I can not wait to go back and do more!! My car isn't running well now, so I have to figure something else out!!!