June 15, 2011 David and I left the house at 4:45am this morning to be in Yosemite with the sun’s first rays. We planned this trip last night, spur of the moment. I’m suppose to be getting ready to leave to house sit for our girls during the weekend, then spend a week visiting….but this sounded like more fun than putting the house in order. David will remain home to take care of the animals and fend for himself. Putting the house in order is probably a waste of my time but I’ll feel better leaving a clean house.
Summer has arrived without warning. We feel as if we went from early spring to mid summer overnight. The heat is melting the snow pack which is rapidly raising the level of the Merced River. Needless to say, there is a flood watch in effect. Below are pictures I took today at the Swinging Bridge. Normally the river is well below the bridge but today it was about a foot from touching the bottom of the bridge. The valley meadows are all flooded with the wooden walkways and dirt trails under water.
The picture below I took at Christmas 2004. Compare with the picture below this one, today’s picture. The shape of the river has changed considerably. (understatement)
Below: Looking across the bridge to Yosemite Falls side.
From the middle of the bridge looking towards Yosemite Falls.
The woman below is on the pathway on Yosemite Falls side…..where the path way ends at the waters edge.
Water, water everywhere as far as you can see. The disappearing pathway.
The light parallel lines in the water are the edges of the raised pathway under water. They look like two logs submerged. The river has ripples created by the submerged path. It’s hard to see but there are two lengths of wooden railings that follow the path towards Yosemite Falls. Just the top railings are visible.
Looking back towards the opposite side, on the upstream side of the bridge. I’m guessing the bridge may be under water in the near future.
Sierra Art Trails is two weeks away! So much to do!!! I’m finishing some paintings and beginning to make lists of what I need to do…..clean, clean, clean….clean the house, my art room, the deck, the yard…. And bake cookies and create a menu for the weekend. AND hope for really nice weather, please, no rain like last year! Normally my work hangs in the gazebo on the deck but last year we had to bring my paintings inside when it rained. All my paintings were stacked in rows on the couch and some people obviously haven’t a clue how to handle pastel paintings! You DON’T flip through them like prints in a rack and then slam them all back against the couch! This scratches the frames and possibly loosens the pastel.
ANY Hoo…., a couple of new paintings..
Aspen leaves, 6×9, pastel.
Another version of ‘Autumn Foliage’. Pastel, 6×9.
Yosemite Valley Woods, 8×10, pastel.
December 29, 2009
Perhaps complete. I worked on the foreground grass this morning.
December 27, 2009
‘November Meadow, Yosemite Valley’ is the current painting I’m working on. The meadow had lacey texture with shades of off whites, rusts and a little sage green. We’ll see if I can keep it ‘quiet’ in the color department. I’m working on a half sheet of Art Spectrum’s Colorfix paper in a dark blue (13×19). I’ve laid in the under colors and pattern of the grass. Now I’ll build up the layers. I’m working from the top down. I’ve just begun defining the tops of dried flowers with grass behind them.
‘August Meadow, Yosemite Valley’ is almost done…..if I say it’s finished I’ll see something that needs to be ‘fixed’. I love the colors and textures of the meadows. These silver grey plants were standing in grasses that ranged from rust to gold to green. The edge of the forest created the background. The tips of conifers were catching the late afternoon light.
The painting will sit a while before framing. It’s not as dark in real life….if it looks dark on your monitor. I can’t tell where the ‘correct’ tilt of my monitor should be to see things realistically. That makes it hard to adjust photographs.
18.5 x 26.5 Pastel $1600 Framed to 24 x 32 in German silver color aluminum with Plexiglas.
My ‘Christmas Cactus’ is blooming nicely. It sits on my desk during the winter. During warmer months it’s outside. I received this plant for my birthday from my adopted mom, Joann, about 6 years ago. I painted it a few years ago.