In deciding which four of the many scenic views found in Yosemite to capture for my Yosemite Park series, I determined the final painting would focus on the granite monolith El Capitan. Additionally, I was looking to place each of these four icons of the park into the four seasons. During one of my many visits to Yosemite, the snow came floating down and began covering the road as I drove down into the park one evening. The sight of Yosemite covered in a pristine white blanket of fresh snow is an amazing sight and one I just had to capture.
In talking with customers and retailers, there was a desire for more sizing options to fit an individual's unique needs. As a result, I am now offering all prints with the option of four sizes; Medium, Large and Extra-Large and now Extra-Extra-Large. I trust customers will be able to find a print size that will fit into that special location in their home or office.
While nearing the end of an 8.9 mile Panorama Trail hike in breathtaking Yosemite, a buddy and I had to take a much needed break at Vernal Falls. We had been walking for hours on a very warm day, and unfortunately, we did not pack enough water for our journey. About the time we reached Vernal Falls I was approached by a rescue worker who noticed I was very red in the face and quite dehydrated. She gave me some cool water to drink and started pouring water over my head to cool me off. I had no idea that I was that bad off. Afterwards, we walked over to the river to cool off our legs. We sat there for a good half hour enjoying the falls and relaxing. Sitting at the rivers edge I was inspired to try to capture this intimate peaceful beauty and strength displayed before me.
I am very pleased to be able to announce that I have completed my newest painting! Luminous Misty Falls is the 2nd painting in my Yosemite Park Series and the fist to bear the Roycroft mark on its’ certificate of authenticity. Check with your nearest dealer, as well as this website, for the availability of this beautifully framed giclée print.
I have been very busy working on Luminous Misty Falls, my painting of Vernal Falls in the Yosemite Valley. So far, I have completed a little over a third of the painting with the foreground waterfall and the trees still needing to be finished. It has taken me some time to get myself back into my paintings after losing my father, but I have finally been able to reengage in my artwork. I hope to have this newest painting finished near the end of March, first of April.
Here is a sneak peek of a section of the middle-ground, background and sky from this latest painting. I used a late afternoon sky filled with golden clouds to emphasize the glowing mist of the waterfall spray. I am looking forward to seeing this summer setting alongside my spring themed Stunning Liberty Cap.
Had another great visit and promising meeting in Yosemite last week. Unfortunately, the incredible views that Yosemite has to offer with the amazingly full waterfalls were greatly obscured by all the smoke from the nearby Mariposa fire. Even still, the beauty I observed on my hikes have me excited to complete some of my upcoming Yosemite landscape designs.
I can never get enough of the awe-inspiring beauty that is Yosemite National Park. Everywhere you look in the park you will find unbelievable beauty on display. A couple summers ago, I hiked the 8.9 mile Panorama Trail from Glacier Point. Along the way I would stop to take photos to try to capture the amazing scenery all around. As I came up the switchback laden hill from Illilouette Falls, I saw the potential for one of my future paintings and began capturing shots that I could use to compose the scene I was envisioning. I especially loved how the water falling from Nevada Fall looked so refreshing and inviting as it tumbled into the bed of trees below with the mist billowing upward. Every time I visit this park I see something new and remain in awe of its grandeur.
Presenting my latest painting, Stunning Liberty Cap! My newest illustration is available in a beautifully framed vertical presentation. Stunning Liberty Cap is the first painting in my new four part Yosemite Park series. Check the nearest dealer and this website for availability of this beautifully framed giclée print.
It has been a very challenging year so far, which has greatly reduced the time I have had available to work on some of the new painting ideas that I have planed to complete this year. Life can sometimes deal us cards we were not expecting and are not always happy to embrace. This year the reality of aging parents has become my unexpected truth as I have had to watch the people I love the most going through some very difficult hardships. They have been my obvious priority, however, recently I have been able to return to my next painting. My new painting, Stunning Liberty Cap, is finally getting very close to completion and I am expecting to have it finished in the first half of June.
I just finished sealing the drawing on the board for my newest painting, Stunning Liberty Cap, and after it dries I will begin the painting process. I have worked out my color scheme and am in the process of mixing the initial colors for the sky. I always start with a detailed drawing, and then I begin placing in a wash for the sky. I will not start making it opaque until after the sky is all blocked in. The drawing really helps when I start blocking in all the colors for each area of the middle-ground and foreground. Lastly, I will add the outlining of the various layers in order to get the depth that I am looking for in the painting. Check back to see the progress, as time permits.