Where has my beach gone?? This is where we were sitting for the views of this post
Suddenly I was rudely woken up by the demanding pecking of a wood pecker. Hubby had been awake for some time, but did not have his two hearing aids in...but he heard the pecking!! What? Was someone knocking? So, he opened the door, but no one was in sight.
This is the mountain to the left of Bridal Veil that is in my painting below
After breakfast we saw that it was too late to go to Happy Isles, because of travel time. I would start painting too late in the day. Whenever we go urban camping, we do make our own meals. Yes, the little town 45 min. away has some restaurants, but the meals would not be as nutritious, and lacking of the flavor I like, when I have to pay more for food.
Instead we went to the bookstore in the valley. But not before we bought our daily ice cream cone (we made that our unhealthy tradition when the kids were still going with us). I finally bought a book I had my eyes on for three years. Since I'm not getting younger I told myself that I should enjoy things more. I have only one life to live! Which book? It is about the meeting of Virginia O'Keefe's and Anselm Adams' minds. A real treasure for any artist to have this, because so much of both of their work is in this book (and therefore pricey).
O"Keefe is known for her giant flowers, and paintings of New Mexico, in a more abstract style. It is said that the flowers are reminiscent of genitalia. I don't think so! Well...let me back up a bit...with perception it's like this: if one perceives the genitalia in the flowers, that is probably what the viewer's mind is probably on, isn't it?
Anselm Adams is a much celebrated photographer whose photos of Yosemite are mostly black and white.
There is much more water at the waterfall ( Bridal Veil Falls) this year...and much more spray
After the bookstore, we still had some time to go to another spot. so we went back to where we could see the mountain ridge of the Bridal Veil Falls as well as the waterfall itself (Pic on top). The first time we gasped when we saw that half of "our" beach was flooded, and the other half was covered with driftwood, and more things washed ashore. I continued on my oil painting I had started on our Explorer Day. I managed to practically "finish" it at home in time for this post.
© Mountain Ridge of Bridal Veil Falls, 12 x 16 Oil, St. Germain
A little on the abstract side, which was fun to do. Still some finishing touches. Although I like to put some more color where the spray of the watercolor is for the sake of art,
in reality it was actually was that white! As you can see, I did not paint the tree
in between the mountain and the waterfall.
Many of you might prefer a representational approach to painting (which means as you see literally with your eyes), but seen from an artist standpoint, I think the more I lean to an abstract style, the more artistic my work becomes
( you don't hurt my feelings if you don't share my own opinion on this! ).