Sunday, February 16, 2014

Natural Rock Garden

Photo of petite painting of an alpine rock garden in bloom.
My friend Karyl states that "Beauty begins at 5,000 feet." She is referring to the altitude in the Pacific Northwest Mountains where the trees are thinning out and and becoming Alpine versions of their lowland types. Here, rocks become more prominent and flower meadows replace the grassy meadows of the lower elevations.

After several trips to experience the mountain meadows last summer, I experimented with rendering them in watercolor, egg tempera and oil glazes to capture the shimmering color that I experienced. This petite painting is only 5 inches by 7 inches, but captures the experience.