|Orange Lichen and the Green Pool - 12x12" - plein air|
pastel on dark brown cardstock
And the boulder, with its fissures and color variations, including some bright orange lichen, which ultimately inspired the sort of unusual title for this painting.
|Embankment Aspen and Shadows - 11x8.5"|
pastel on maroon cardstock
|Fallen Rock and Tree - 8.5x11"|
pastel on turquoise cardstock
We had great weather on Thursday and Friday, and because of the long hike we did on Friday, I'd planned to spend Saturday painting some aspen and road views I'd scouted out. Alas, clouds rolled in early and stayed late, killing the light and dramatic shadows I wanted to paint. So, I went out with my camera instead and spent a few hours photographing the creek..
...Wait: hadn't I recently mentioned that I seldom take photos of moving water because they just don't do justice and aren't inspiring to paint from? That's true. That wasn't the intent with these photos, as you'll see in tomorrow's post, which I will dedicate just to this subject.
Here are a few flora and fauna photos from the weekend's hikes:
|Blue and White Columbine in profile - one can never have enough photos|
of this beautiful wildflower
|Another native orchid! Species unidentified|
|male blue - unidentified species|
|Common Arctic - they seldom land and are very wary, so this was a luck shot indeed|