Wednesday, July 6, 2016


                  Mossbrae Falls  | Pastel | 18" X 24"

If you weren't from Dunsmuir, or knew someone that was, you'd probably never have found out about what used to be a Best Kept Secret.  Known only to locals, getting there was a challenge involving over a mile walking alongside the active railroad tracks.  A train always went by on the hike in and out and the proximity the trail requires would definitely bring on some adrenaline! The way down to the falls was unmarked.  Just this year, I read that the falls have been cordoned off. Seems that the 5% that ruin it for others began throwing long parties and leaving lots of debris. The water falls across a 80' or so ledge, streaming down into the river and is a place of solitude and awe.  What an awful shame!

Painting Notes:  When going 'big', I often find myself grabbing an Ampersand Pastelboard. I especially love how it never bends or sags, as paper mounted on foam core will sometimes do. And each time I use it, I find I really enjoy it. It will take lots of layers of pastel - more when I use SpectraFix to spray an area into the substrate and go back over it. Did this multiple times on the white areas of the water and the falls.

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