Great morning! Clear, wonderful. Headed up to Pinecrest to paint the late. A bit of a drive (30 miles, and I needed to be back in Sonora for the artist’s lunch), but well worth it. Why? SNOW! At that elevation, yesterday’s rain that produced pain brought today’s gain. I love painting snow…the color of shadows, light. Remember that Sorolla and Sargent both painted white objects quite often, be it a woman’s dress or sheets on a bed. White can be so much fun to paint–it’s the most reflective color, so you’ll see a bit of everything in it.

Here’s the first painting of the day, a small snow bank (melting fast). My fingers were pretty numb by the end, but I’m happy with the result.

Pinecrest Lake Snow Bank

Pinecrest Lake Snow Bank – Oil on Linen – 11×14

Painting at Mountain Springs, Sonora, CAMy second effort was back on Mountain Springs. I joined Mike Bagdonas, Elio Camacho and Reif Erikson. It was great to paint with a group, sharing jokes, painting horror stories, the usual. Elio had more equipment than I’ve ever seen. He was really prepared TO PAINT, but less so for THE BUGS. Look at this close up of his painting. Yikes. He had at least a hundred small flies stuck to his painting. Said he was going to spend tonight getting them off. Can’t wait to see the end result, as the painting was just covered.

Elio Camacho's Flys

Here’s my painting of the day. Of course, I had to be do the opposite, so while everyone painted the pond, I looked back up the hill to the dirt road we drove down on. I love the red-orange dirt of the Sierras. Copper content, perhaps?

Road to Mountain Springs Pond, Sonora, CA

Road to Mountain Springs Pond – Oil on Linen – 8×10

Mike described a great location on the Tuouomne River, with raging white water, Sycamores, etc. Sounds great. ‘Till then.


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