Sierra Sunset Pastel | 11x14
That perfect time of day is captured over a High Sierras lake. It is an obvious windy scene as shown by the cloud shapes and the ripples on the water. My husband and I are self-avowed Nature Lovers; our favorite pastime is to go hiking, driving, and camping in the mountains. Just a short distance from our West Sacramento home, we can be surrounded by a multitude of lakes and peaks in a few hours time! Our sunset ritual is sitting on a camp chair by a body of water or meadow til that last minute when the scene turns dark. Not too longer later, we are fast asleep in our van, as going to sleep at 7-8 pm is not uncommon. Early rising stretches our time to divine with nature!
Painting notes: I chose Black Art Spectrum paper as the substrate here for two reasons - first, the extensive dark area are really dark so less effort and medium is needed to 'go dark', and second, because the vibrancy of the intense colors is heightened by using a dark substrate. I love exploring using dark substrates. It is like having a whole new palette of colors as the usual medium value sticks are transformed into ones lights.