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El Capitan Yosemite Valley – California Plein Air Oil Painting – Sierra Landscape

July 20th, 2009

El Capitan
Plein air oil painting
9 x 12 inches

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This was painted en plein air Friday, July 17 in Yosemite Valley.
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Well, I’m back from our whirlwind tour of Northern California. I didn’t have the time or energy to upload paintings every day, but now that I’m back I’m going to try to catch up. This was painted on the last day of our trip, late in the afternoon. If you are a new visitor to my blog, one of the people who saw me painting this in progress, welcome! Now you know how it turned out.

Yosemite Valley was spectacular, as always, but it was very hot, as it currently is in Los Angeles. But just looking at the cool water of the Merced River seemed to help. Those distant thunderheads, which rose as I painted, tell you how much moisture and humidity there was in the air.

As always, people gathered around to watch me tackle the scene. They are always very polite and ask if they can watch. I let them know that if I wanted to be alone, I’d be in my studio! I truly enjoy having observers, as long as they are ok with me continuing to work as we chat. My husband took the picture below as I wrapped up. You can see by the painting compared to the final photo how much the light changed during the time I was painting. But it’s a no-win game to keep chasing shadows. You just have to draw them in at the beginning and then stick with the plan.

7 Comments »

  1. The morning light. So much richer than at pack-up time. Absolutely, majestically beautiful Karen.

    Comment by Susan — July 20, 2009 @ 6:49 pm
  2. That’s a good picture of you with your painting and it helps us see just what you were seeing as you painted. Very nice and impressive painting.

    Comment by Timaree — July 21, 2009 @ 7:02 am
  3. The light in this is lovely. You really captured the majesty of this scene.

    Comment by Ann — July 22, 2009 @ 3:22 pm
  4. That is exquisite, Karen. I really like the soft, dreamy reflections in the water.

    Comment by Lynn — July 23, 2009 @ 11:07 am
  5. It’s lovely – and it’s great to see the painting along with the subject. Well done! nancy

    Comment by nancy tasker — July 24, 2009 @ 6:50 pm
  6. Wow, very nice! I love the shadows in the mountain and the reflection of the trees in the water. Excellent, as always.

    Comment by Linda T — July 29, 2009 @ 5:33 pm
  7. What inspiring landscapes you find for your paintings. You must live in a gorgeous part of the country. Excellent!
    w.

    Comment by wendy — August 4, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

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