Crystal Crag Mammoth Lakes – oil painting

“Crystal Crag – Mammoth Lakes”

8 x 10 inches, oil on linen panel


Crystal Crag is an iconic granite structure towering over the Mammoth Lakes basin. It can be seen from Lake Mamie, Lake Mary, Lake George and Crystal Lake. The peak of the monolith is 10,364 feet high. This is a late summer/early autumn view. 

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Crystal Crag -Mammoth Lakes California Snow Sierra Landscape Painting

Crystal Crag (view from Lake Mary)
Mammoth Lakes, California
5 x 7″

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The first snow at Mammoth Lakes, California, dusted the Crystal Crag formation overlooking Lake Mary. More storms would follow creating tall drifts contrasting vividly with the blue of the water. This seemed to be a good subject for a winter scene, although the time was truly in late fall. The late afternoon sun gave a slightly warm glow to the white snow. In nature, white is rarely, if ever, pure white. It is always picking up color from the environment, including the warm light of the sun, or cool skylight in shade.