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Do you remember the hike my family makes to Half Dome, the 9000 feet mountain in Yosemite National Park? And the last half hour they pull themselves up on a "ladder" with gloves? I also mentioned that I conquer Half Dome in a different way: on canvas. I am now fulfilling my promise. This view is taken from beneath the mosquito rich patch of tall trees in the Valley, with benches with tables for the artists.
This mountain is climbed by hundreds of people every summer, and painted by dozens.
There are many different options how to paint such a mass of stone.
© Watercolor, St.GermainOften artists focus on the powerfulness of this mountain, its vast height, etc. painted in bold lines and warm earthy colors. But since my whole family is in love with this mountain as a beautiful feature in nature, I chose to depict Half Dome as a friend you visit on a warm summer day.
I know it's a nostalgic and somewhat unrealistic view (some climbers have to abort their hike, because it's too much for them. I probably would be among them.
In Spring the whole field in the foreground is covered with bright yellow weed/wildflowers. One of the painting problems to address in this view is the large tree in front. I solved it by making the tree smaller than it actually is, to give the mountain more focus.
I left out a whole lot of details to give the top line of the mountain priority.
Another time I will show you a pastel of this mountain which is altogether different. But when you'll see the top line of the mountain, you'll muse, "When or where have I seen this before?"