Saturday, April 25, 2009
Waterfall near Old Cascade Highway
6" x 4" Oil on mounted canvas.
I went on a bike ride up toward the pass yesterday. As I rode along Old Cascade Highway, I found a big waterfall I didn't know was there. It "cascades" down between huge boulders splitting into two arms. I snapped a couple of pictures precariously perched on a downstream rock. When I got home, I was exhausted, but painted this small study of the falls.
One objective of the study was to decide whether to include the bleached tree trunk that spans the top of the waterfall. It is there, but since it disappears into the foliage on the near side,it might appear to hang in the air in an unnatural way. It also splits the dark negative space above the top of the falls.