Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Return to an Old Cliffrose

10" x 8" Oil on Panel
While exploring the steep slopes of the mountains by town a few years ago I found this cliffrose. Last weekend I finally scrambled back up the mountainside to paint it. It's rather large for a cliffrose, I think. From a distance it looks like a juniper, which also are common in the area, but a closer look showed it to be a cliffrose. A month or so ago I painted another cliffrose on the same mountainside. I wrote about that here.

It was a beautiful day to be out in the mountains. There were several deer in the area I hiked, as well as chukkar partridges. One chukkar came close enough as I painted to let me snap it's photo.

The green is starting to come out on the lower mountain slopes, lagging behind the Spring growth in the valley. Spring wildflowers are making their appearance, too.

The next photo shows my setup and where I was painting.

Pochade boxes can go anywhere!
 These photos give some idea of the view I had of town from where I painted.

There was probably time for another painting that day. There sure are plenty of subjects here. Instead I elected to scout around and become more familiar with the mountainside. It's wonderful to have a place so wild so close to town. It's an area I can sort of see just by looking up from the valley, but that's certainly not the same as being up there!

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