This painting is a studio version of the one attempted outside. The August heat makes it very hard, if not impossible, to watercolor paint outside. My work depends on bigger washes with loads of water and it can’t be done if there’s super dry heat and a breeze that acts like a hair dryer.
The rim fire at Yosemite is, unfortunately, still burning. This location usually doesn’t have as many horses in the pens, but they were all moved out of harms way. In my attempts to go paint on location, I went there quite early and was lucky to see them get fed. I tried capturing the intense light at sunrise and the dust created by the movements of the animals. It was wonderful to be right there and study their expressions and graceful movement.
Yosemite horse stables
Media: original watercolor on paper
Image size: approx. 14″x 21″
Last week I was teaching at Yosemite valley’s Art Center, operated by the Yosemite conservancy. This is a non-profit organization which means I didn’t get paid, but i think it is important to give back to the general community that helped me get where I am today. It wasn’t easy to tear myself away and not make any money for a whole week, but staying in Yosemite for free is a treat and I am happy I did it!
I want to thank Aline Allen at the Art Center for welcoming me and her efforts to fill up my classes. The only adverse conditions during the past week was the ongoing heat and extreme dryness that makes watercolor painting oh-so difficult!
Next year I will have to pick an earlier or later date!
Above paintings are sold at the Yosemite Art Center in the Yosemite village, California