“When Aspens Turn”
(Eastern Sierra, California)
8 x 10 oil on linen panel
This is a new painting from my fall trip to the Sierra. We had no sooner arrived in mid October than a rain and snowstorm showed up, and made us cut our trip short. When we returned a week later, there was much more snow on the mountains, and the aspens had turned more golden. So often what seems to present a problem can actually provide a unique opportunity.
While we were traveling around the Sierra, we met many photographers, motel and coffee shop owners and tourism representatives who told us that every year the season is unique. The amount of rain the year before, the presence or absence of a sudden cold front, prevailing winds and more all combine to affect what the fall foliage pattern will be. One year’s color does not foretell the next, and there’s no way to predict exactly when peak color will occur. One learns to be flexible and work with what is, rather than what we would wish it to be.