Today we were running around in circles!
Around 10:30 we came to the waterfall Bridal Veil Falls (pic above). The closer we came to the spot I had checked out the day before to paint, the harder the wind began to blow. This caused the spray of the waterfall to come in the direction where I would paint.
It's not just a few drops, but like a light rain. Next year I'll have a rain poncho with me too, like I saw some others wearing ! I prayed that the wind would turn and the weather would warm up. Maybe you're surprised that a scientific person with a doctorate would pray for such things, but I know it works.
The pic above one can only take from the other side of the valley to see this waterfall without getting soaking wet.
That straight part of stone on the left is the road!
First we went to the road where the cars drive, to take pics we never could take. This was the first time we saw the water of Bridal Veil Falls come to the road!
Then we went to a place where I had seen a tree with an huge overhanging branch and made a value sketch and the beginning of a watercolor.
Three pm we went back to the third bridge at Bridal Veil Falls, because I knew that the wind had turned! Yay! It was still pretty cool when painting close to the water, but nothing compared to this morning.
I look pretty serious there, painting while sitting on my camping stool, but it's my utmost-concentration-face. At least my canvas and brushes were not as damp from the spray (oil paint does not do so well on a damp canvas, LOL)
I choose this scene because the sun behind the trees gives on a hint of a stone wall behind there. One can only see this when the sun is shining on it after 3 pm. Earlier in the day, it looks like a totally different scene when the rocks behind the tree are in the shade. So, the painter needs several days to paint at a certain time to finish a painting.
This is the right part of the scene I'm painting. Why, oh why, did I choose such a complicated scene to paint??
The "little somethin" today is if you see my partner in crime sitting somewhere in this pic (above) reading?
© 16 x 20, Oil, At the Third Bridge of Bridal Veil Falls, St.Germain
I call it my 18th century painting, with all these details. Never painted so long on a smaller painting (smile)! I'm pretty satisfied, and had it as my header for this blog for a few weeks. For now I'll leave it this way. Haven't decided yet whether I'll blur some of these details later.
What do you think?
What do you think?