Bracebridge Morning

“Bracebridge Morning”, 22×28, oil on canvas

The Bracebridge Dinner is an extravaganza and theatrical performance in Yosemite Valley’s Ahwahnee Hotel dining room during the month of December. A tradition since 1927, for a few weeks, the grand dining room is transformed into a Renaissance scene of Bracebridge Hall patterned after Washington Irvings writings. The four hour event includes a stunning array of singers and actors who tell the story of Lord Bracebridge and people of his household. A number of the cast are from the San Francisco Opera company. All this happens during a 7 course feast. The Wall Street Journal noted in 2006: “Bracebridge is, without much doubt, the country’s, if not the world’s premier Christmas dinner.”

So what does this dinner have to do with this painting?

From the “estidyo tou pre Bay la ” is the first large painting done in my new studio.  In December 2017, as my birthday present for that year, Josie and I treated ourselves to the Bracebridge Dinner.  It had been on my bucket list for decades, however it was so popular, attendees were chosen by lottery.  Recently, however they changed to normal first come first serve reservations. It was bitter cold our entire stay in the valley and was feeling a bit under the weather, so didn’t paint, but on a morning walk in the valley came upon this scene, and have been wanting to paint it ever since.  

The scene is close to Swinging Bridge on the path to Yosemite Lodge where we were staying.  Once again, am not sure I am completely done with this painting, but will set it aside for a few weeks to see if I want to change anything.

Find out more here about the dinner…   https://www.bracebridgedinners.com

There is also a lengthy weblog entry here similar to our experience:  https://independenttravelcats.com/bracebridge-dinner-at-the-ahwahnee-christmas-tradition-yosemite-national-park/

Tahoe Snow

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“Tahoe Snow”, 15×30, oil on canvas

From May, 2020 —

Summer’s almost here, but lets take one more look back at winter for today’s painting from the “Studio Can”…

Crater Lake Overlook

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“Crater Lake Overlook”, 28×22, oil on canvas

From the “Studio Gaol” we go to southern Oregon, and Crater Lake. With a depth of 1,943 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, and one of the most beautiful. Surrounded by cliffs, the lake is fed entirely by rain and snow and considered to be the cleanest and clearest large body of water in the world.

Most of my family roots are in southern Oregon, which makes this area especially special.

Over El Capitan

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Over El Capitan, 48×36, oil on canvas

Ping-ponging back and forth between the mountains of Japan and California, here is today’s offering from the studio brig. Many years ago, I hiked down the 4 mile trail in Yosemite National Park. This is one scene I encountered, however changed the lighting and clouds for artistic license sake. I hope you are enjoying my daily diversions from the bad news these days.

Ellery Lake

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Ellery Lake, 18×24, acrylic on board

For todays post from the “Studio Oubliette” we go to the high Sierra of California. Nestled along Hwy 120 near Tioga Pass is this beautiful alpine lake. One of my older acrylic pieces, this painting was featured in the book “How Did You Paint That?: 100 Ways to Paint Seascapes, Rivers & Lakes”… https://smile.amazon.com/How-Did-You-Paint-That/dp/1929834454/ref=sr_1_3

On the Road to Telluride

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“On the Road to Telluride”, 22×28, oil on canvas

Continuing the daily diversion from the constant bad news, today’s offering from the studio ‘bridewell’ is a scene near Telluride, Colorado. The view is along Hwy 145 as you approach Telluride. This small resort/ski town has been in the virus news lately as a site where they are doing a test study of the entire population to see how many are actually exposed to covid19.

El Camino

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El Camino, 16×20, oil on board

Historic California is the subject for today’s offering from the studio stockade. This is a plein air painting I did of the Mission San Juan Bautista. You might recognize it if you ever watched the Hitchcock film ‘Vertigo.’ The path is El Camino Real, the road built by the early Spanish missionaries to connect their missions. It is one of the few places you can see the original dirt avenue. It also happens to be the San Andreas Fault Line!

Mentaki Water House

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“Mentaki Water House”, 15×30, oil on canvas

Back to Kobe, Japan for today’s offering from the Neff Studio ‘Pokey’. In the old sailing days, sailors from around the world loved docking in Kobe, drink the “Kobe Water”, and load it on the ships. The water was such good quality, it would not spoil even when crossing the equator. This scene is the Mentaki Waterfall, which has a small dam and intake house to supply water for Kobe, and is just a few minutes walk from the Shin-Kobe Shinkansen Station (bullet train station).

Cataratas do Iguacu

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“Cataratas do Iguacu”, 36×72, oil on canvas, diptych

Let’s go to South America!!

Today’s offering from the studio ‘calaboose’ is Iguassu Falls in South America. Considered one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, we visited the falls in 2012. I did several studies on site, and then came back to the studio to produce my largest painting ever done. An international art magazine wrote an article about the entire experience and development of the painting…

http://www.donaldneff.com/NeffPleinAirMagazine.pdf

Truckee

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“Truckee”, 30×40, oil on canvas

From the studio ‘slammer’…

Spring is here, but how about one last winter scene? Today’s offering is a winter scene in the high Sierra. This is a view from the Hwy 267 bridge as it crosses over the Truckee River. If you have never heard of the little town of Truckee, it is probably witness to more history in California than most small towns in the state. Read more here… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truckee,_California