Both mornings this weekend, I drove up to Hope Valley on hwy 88 in Ca. to see the changing leaves on the Aspen Trees. This year it was a mild fall, with one early cold night and little storm - - -then a long Indian Summer with the Fall leaves lasting with brilliant color thru it all. People were everywhere, taking pictures I guess for their own projects - - -maybe cards, maybe calendars - -who knows? But they were out in droves with some the biggest cameras' I have ever seen. I found a quiet spot at about * A. M. Where I spent the morning trying to compose a painting. With so much brilliant color, and light I found I had a very hard time. Just changing to mostly Yellows and golds proved difficult in showing 3 Planes for a landscape painting. I need to be much more simple in my designs and think it thru first. I did do some thumbnail sketches, and did spend at least an hour on a small painting, It still needs work, and thought. I then took pictures to play with during the cold winter months. I will show you a few of these. Maybe one day you will find yourself on Hwy 88, going thru Hope Valley in the fall!!
And the last one I will add is my effort for this A. M.---Its rather poor - - -but I do have time to try and improve on these fall trees. It may be a long winter, who knows?
This last one is my work - - -which needs some thought and improvement as far as compostion goes. It is still a lot of work to plan a simple comp - - sometimes you can find a natural comp, and thats wonderful if it says what you what it to say. If not, then you must be able to use the elements of design to get it painted in a way that feels right to you. So, back to the drawing board!! Still, it was a lovely way to spend sevearl hours!!
This is Carole, painting away beside our hay stack which is a long row and you can see its shadow---it gave us some great shade, and protection from the wind last Sunday as we painted. I was out to her area of Nevada a few weeks ago, Dayton, so this time she came this way. I really enjoyed seeing her part of the country and want to go back again. She was very interstested in painting the blooming rabbit brush while on this day I was more concerened with the distant mountains that are north of us, and toward Carson City. They are plenty high, and have quite a bit of drama. Maybe not as much as the Tetons, but plenty! Glenna Hartman ( bless her), painted a very nice scene a few years ago, along this same range of mountains , just before Genoa, Nev. that is just beautiful. Todays try was on Canson, twilight in color, which is a great shade of purple that really is fun to use. Its 9 x 11, and the pastel does not fill the tooth, I could do more , but I think I will leave it simple.
It has the feeling of wide open spaces! Those are getting few and far between , even in my world. Have to enjoy them as we can.