Clouds Against the Slope of Smelter Mtn
12x12 inches, pastel on black Strathmore
©2011 Sonya Johnson
This was actually done on the same day as the previous cloud painting, later in the afternoon, and from our lower deck. Smelter Mtn. is in its full summer greens, courtesy of lots of Gambel's oak. These clouds, probably a combination of cumulus and altostratus, displayed very windswept tails. Just like the cumulus, they're constantly morphing into new shapes and sizes.
And, from yesterday morning, also from the lower deck:
Morning Sky with Twin Buttes
9x12 inches, pastel on black Strathmore
©2011 Sonya Johnson
The bottom half of the sky in the distance was filled with the thin, nebulous altostratus clouds. These are fun, because they have lots of lost and found edges, although this paper makes obtaining that effect sometimes difficult. Higher up and closer are scattered altocumulus, forming broken patches and ridges.
I did another painting from the deck yesterday afternoon, just prior to the rainstorm we had, on Strathmore charcoal (laid surface) paper, but it's just too crappy to post. The neighbors who came up through the garage stairs saw me working on it and thought it was "beautiful", and no offense to them, but it was not.
I didn't post the photos I took from our trip to Andrews Lake that I promised earlier, as I got carried away with the whole Engineer Mtn. theme, so here are today's load of photos:
For a fun comparison, here's what Andrews Lake looked like on February 12. Taken from almost the same location, it's sort of the middle of the pano shot:
Osprey close-up...sort of
This was as close a shot as I could get of her flying over
Anemone multifida - on the hill where I was painting
Sultan and Grand Turk Peaks, as seen from the Crater Lake trail
Taken in a small winding meadow stream off the trail - where did all of those teals and purples come from? This might be my new favorite water abstract.
A section of the meadow stream...would be an awesome location for painting if not for the clouds of mosquitos
Rock outcropping and monsoon sky
3-part vertically-oriented pano
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