The paintings that are hung on these virtual walls, range from completed work, to works-in-progress. The process is a bit like fly fishing, as I work to push the paint and composition toward an abstract direction - only to reel it back in again, to find the sweet spot for detail and clarity.
Spring in Yosemite Valley
Ahwanee Spring Saplings
9"x 12" Oil on Panel
This is the finished study. It was a wonderful opportunity to study the temperature changes of the granite, as the sun's position moved across the sky. I know, the sun isn't the one that is moving, its the earth... but you know what I mean. Henry says he speaks of this phenom, with personal experience... He says, "It is a bit like having one-too-many pints, and politely asking everyone to stop moving the pool table". Henry always keeps us grounded, with the ability to explain solar declinations, using a pint of beer and the pool table.
The day prior to painting, I walked around the small meadow, and thought the light that gently skipped across the roof and through the sapling leaves, was particularly lovely.
The photo below, was the 'starting position' of the sun on those saplings, just outside the Ahwanee Hotel. A few hours (and a break for a glass of wine and divine sandwich) later, the sun was in the position I had had hoped to capture.
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