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.
There have been quite a few unexpected interruptions that have unfortunately delayed my progress on my current painting Stunning Liberty Cap. However, I just completed placing the final touches on the storm clouds for my latest illustration this morning. I am now beginning the painting of the monolithic Liberty Cap as it rises above Nevada Fall which cascades into the surrounding trees. Stunning Liberty Cap is the first painting in my new four part Yosemite Park series.
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.