After a quick breakfast, I headed out this morning to a spot I found yesterday on a foot bridge over the Merced River. I set up on the bridge, and began to paint the river and the surrounding scenery. I didn’t last long! My back was starting to bother me, so I decided I had just better paint close to the car and use my camping chair to sit in. I put in a few key color notes so I could finish it at a later date, and packed up.
The first scene of the day–
Below is my uncompleted painting on the easel–
I went back to a spot by a snowy meadow with Cathedral Rocks in the background. I did a similar painting last year, and it turned out well. The scene with the snow was entirely different and probably a little more challenging. I spent several hours and the painting turned out to be a keeper.
My easel at the second location of the day–
A poor snapshot of the painting–
After relaxing a bit back at the room, I went out to another place close to Yosemite Lodge, and did a painting of Sentinel Rock. It was getting late in the day, and the sun spotlights the rock as it slowly lowers over the west end of the valley. This turned out to be the best of the trip so far.
Sentinel Rock —
My easel by the car while I was painting Sentinel Rock–
A quick snapshot of the painting on the easel–
By the time I was finished, the sun was very low and most of the valley was in shadow. Time to head back to the room, and relax for the evening!