"Yosemite Falls: 1982 and 2010"
Two visits to Yosemite allowed me to factually render this painting. I painted the canyon walls, but in the fall, there is no water, hence no falls, in fact it is referred to at this time of year as "Yosemite Walls". The painting was kind of boring without the centerpiece.
When I came home, I dug out the slides that I had taken in a previous visit in August 1982, and found one from almost exactly the same viewpoint, with water. I painted in the falls with opaque white. Now it makes a lot more sense !
"Morning Shadows on the Meadow"
From a parking lot, working out of the back of my car I painted this view, behind me was El Capitan. It is a fantastic conglomeration of rocks, graced by highlights from the morning sun. As in "A Tree Grows in Granite" from September-25, I once again added outlines at some of the edges of the granite forms, and it served to unify the painting, as well as bring the forms forward from the sky.