Sierra Oil Painting – Rush Creek – June Lake Loop – Karen Winters – KWinters

“Rush Creek Overlook”
12 x 9 inches
Sierra Oil Painting

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The June Lake loop (off highway 395, in California) has several areas where you can pull off the road and look down onto meandering streams. This viewpoint of Rush Creek (between Silver Lake and Grant Lake) was on a bright overcast day, and the hazy whitened sky made the stream look more white then blue. I liked the striking contrast with the straw colored marsh-meadow and the deep blue shaded mountainside in the distance. I used a very limited palette for this study – mostly ultramarine blue, yellow ochre and cadmium yellow light. A few tiny bits of burnt sienna and cad red added warm notes.

I have it on good authority that all those little nooks and crannies along the creek are filled with hungry rainbow and brown trout. Is it true? Fisherfolk, do tell!


  1. Pat Everson
    October 27, 2010

    Karen, just when I think you are really good, you just get better. Love this one, the colors
    are great composition wonderful. I am out here in The Rocky Mts of Colorado and have
    been fighting these compositions with no sky, tough for a former seascape painter. But
    when you are in the mountains scale and other things change. Congratulations on another
    great little painting.

  2. Karen
    October 28, 2010

    Thank you, Pat. Yes, looking-down compositions are a whole different challenge. It’s fun to try unusual angles sometimes, isn’t it?

  3. Rita
    October 28, 2010

    This is striking Karen! My husband and I just passed the June Lake Loop coming home from the Bridgeport area a few weeks ago. It looks like another wonderful place to paint!

  4. Marian Fortunati
    October 29, 2010

    You should have seen if Glen could catch some while you were painting.

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