I spent this past weekend in the Adirondacks with a group of painters from Syracuse.
|AuSable River-west branch, at Wilmington Flume Falls, 14x11" pastel on board|
Friday morning we went to Wilmington Flume Falls, where I painted the above scene of the west branch of the Ausable River. I did a lot of walking before finding this shaded spot, at the bottom of a wide trail. The splashing sounds of people jumping from the rocks and swimming tempted me to get into the water but I was there to paint! My poor case on wheels took a beating on the way back as I took a different route closer to the canyon edge that was very steep, and to make things worse, I had to carry the painting in my hand because I had left the glassine paper in the car... I think that rock in the foreground will either have to go or get darker.
Saturday was boat trip day and island hopping. We rented a boat with an outboard motor at the Saranac Lake Marina and went exploring the lake, then went through a small lock to the Middle Saranac Lake where we saw marshy areas. On the way back we stopped on Island #27 and decided to paint there.
This first painting was a real challenge for me. I felt like giving up on it at some point but continued till the end. It was an exercise on what was important in the composition and of colors at that time of day (early afternoon). Half the trees were left out.
|Island #27, first painting, 9x12" pastel on board|
|Island #27-second painting, 10x8" pastel on board|
|At the parking lot of the Hungry Trout Restaurant|
|Ski Trails at Whiteface Mountain, 11x14" pastel on board|
After farewells and directions for several other places to paint, we parted ways. Before my next stop, I saw places along the road that offered great views and parking areas, and stopped to take pics. At Two Monuments, my next destination, there is a section of the Ausable River that is all smooth and the afternoon light was perfect on the opposite side. Halfway into the painting it dawned on me that I must have been very tired when I just couldn't get to make the upper left side work, so I packed; at least I have enough info to finish it at home.
|The Ausable at Two Monument, 12x9"pastel on board|