Back to work painting.
On Monday I had errands to run - including more prints and cards with my artwork on them. I'm excited to be putting them on sale soon!
Tuesday was spent standing in the direct sun, painting the Ahwahnee Resort with the Yosemite falls in the background. It was a different view than is normally seen, I think, and I had a ton of company from lookers-on and passers-by. Most very encouraging. Sure wish that I'd brought the umbrella, though. One day I'll figure out how to attach it to my easel to make it easy to hike with.
Wednesday was a fun adventure, taking in new (to me anyway) vistas. The trail that I took was an old stagecoach road. Sometime in the distant past, rock slides covered several parts of the trail and spring run-offs washed out a few places too. The best thing about the trail, though, is that there was no one else on it! The park is crowded to full capacity in the summer - elbows to assholes, as it were. But, up there - not another soul!
The hike is listed in some of the hiking guides, yet remains one of the most solitary hikes in the park. Great for me!
I can just imagine how it would have been, riding in a stagecoach along that ridge! Scary, but mind-blowing in its rugged beauty. It might be nice to do some research and put together a historical painting of that scene; an 1880's visit to Yosemite Valley.
You may not recognize that guy in the photo ... with his hair lopped off and his new hiking gear. He looks like a walking advert for REI outfitters. I'll tell you one thing, though, those hiking clothes are a heck of a lot cooler than the schtuff I have been wearing.
As you can imagine, being an old road, the going was extremely easy (other than skuddling over the large rocks from ancient rock slides, and down into some ravines, where the road has been washed out). I don't know too many other views in the park that are this nice. I wished that I'd gotten an earlier start, as I wanted to explore. At 10:30 in the morning, though, the heat was already climbing and I knew that when I finished I would be heading back to cool off. I've never done all that well in the heat.I managed to set up and get the work well under way before the light went past the optimum point that I was looking for. Then the view started to become washed out. I've got to learn to paint faster. Now I'm going to have to finish it from photos ... or make another hike up there. The latter doesn't sound like a bad thing -- but finishing under a fan, when I return to Maraposa for my studio days, will be quite alright, too.