Return To The Back Side
Okay... On Tuesday I hiked in to the back side of Malibu Creek Side Park. (I blogged about that adventure on my last post.) What I didn't mention was that as I was hiking out, I realized that I wasn't wearing my glasses. I turned around and hiked back to where I had painted and searched all over but... I didn't have my glasses on...so I really couldn't see well.
Why, you may ask, would I take my glasses off to paint in the first place? Well, basically there are two reasons: First, I hate squinting but I really want to capture the values and the large shapes and second, my glasses are the kind that turn dark. Sometimes I don't care, but sometimes I feel that I get a better handle on values and color without the darkened glasses than I do with them.
So on Friday I went back and hiked back to paint and to see if I could retrieve my glasses. Happily with my spare pair of glasses on, I had better luck finding the original lost glasses. Victorious, I continued on the path closer to "the gorge" at Malibu Creek. I got down pretty close but didn't like the view as well, so I turned back and hiked up about halfway between where I had turned and where I had painted earlier in the week.
Once again, I set up and painted happily away. I did my value sketch. I blocked in the scene with 3 values using an umber undertone and then I pulled out the color and began laying it in. I was pretty happy with this second painting of the back side of Malibu Creek.
I had a wonderful hike in to the back side of Malibu Creek State Park from Mulholland Highway. My efforts were rewarded by this spectacular view!! As I sat there painting, I was thrilled to see many red-tailed hawks soaring down below. I think I will add them to my studio piece.
After my last post, many of the people who read it commented on the dangers of painting alone. Although I WAS looking out for rattle snakes, I didn't see any. It never occurred to me that the native cougars are also roaming the mountains.... Happily they didn't find me. And despite the fact that I had a bit of worry about crazy people on the trail, I never saw anyone at all either day until one lone hiker passed me as I was on my way out on the second day. I realize that I SHOULD paint in company... but I can't always find someone who can go along and I really do like to paint. -- So I do.