Tuolumne

From April 2020, for a year, I posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts.

“Tuolumne”, 20×30, acrylic on canvas

Tuolumne Meadows, one of my favorite spots and campgrounds in the high Sierra Nevada mountains, is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, rock climbers, fishermen, and artists.

I still remember my first visits when I was a child of around 10 years old. One of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada, Tuolumne Meadows at 8,600 feet has been also among the most visible to past pioneers, and present visitors and scientists.

Within Tuolumne Meadows, the Tuolumne River meanders quietly through its meadow channel against a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks and glacially carved domes. 

From the “Studio Garáž” is an old acrylic, but still favorite, I painted in the early 2000’s. I also produced limited edition prints of this piece.

The Mighty Tuolumne River

"Low Water on the Tuolumne", 20x16, oil on board
“Low Water on the Tuolumne”, 20×16, oil on board

The Tuolumne River is one of the mightiest rivers in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Flowing for 149 miles, it drains a rugged watershed in the high Sierras, and flows calmly through Tuolumne Meadows before cascading into the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. The river, captured by Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, provides water and power to the City of San Francisco and the SF Bay area prior to merging with the San Joaquin River in California’s Central Valley.

This painting is from a study in late September when the river is low, close to the Tuolumne Meadows Campground. The river flows over solid granite, through deep pools, and waterfalls as it meanders through Tuolumne Meadows. As usual, I will have to put this away for awhile, and in a few weeks look at it again to see if it is really finished!