Donner Summit and Rainbow Bridge

I worked more this evening on Donner Summit.  So many details in making the summit look like a mountain.  I added some trees, grass, rocks I still need to work on shading of the summit and Rainbow Bridge.  I think the mountain should be darker, although it looks darker in person.  It will come together, it will happen.

Donner Summit 4-24

Donner Summit

Donner Summit

I worked on the painting of Donner Summit this evening.  As I was painting, I started to remember my visit to Donner Summit. It felt like I was on top of the world, the view of Donner Lake and the valley made me feel small. Depending on where I was at on the summit, I also felt scared.  I’ve been having that same feeling lately, with my art.  I’m thankful for nature and that I found a place in my life for my passion.  I hope you like it as much as I do.

SF AIDS Memorial Grove

I worked on the rocks today, working on shading and light.  I added the tree limbs in the front, they still need some work but I really need it to dry for a moment so I can lay my hand on the canvas without smearing the paint.  I like where it’s going but it seems to be a very slow process.


SF AIDS Memorial Grove

As I continue with my painting, I am reminded how lucky I am to be alive.  As I work on the trees and the shading and trying to fill the space on the ground that is full of leaves, twigs and bark, I feel blessed that I can paint.  I hope everyone can see the progress.


SF AIDS Memorial Grove

I wonder sometimes why I choose to paint pictures with so much detail that it drives me crazy.  I found some time to work on it some more today.  I worked until most of my paint dried up.  It’s coming right along.  Many more sittings to go.


I have been working on the painting again.  It’s been over a week since I have picked up the paint brush.  I really need to make sure I pick it up more often.  I have worked on the background and trying to put some form to the rocks.   I hope to work on it some more this weekend.


This painting was inspired by a wonderful photo taken by James Kirkish from of Cape Disappointment, Long Beach Washington.   My wonderful friend Nancy Udy found the photo taken by James Kirkish online and wanted me to paint it for her. I always told her she could have any painting I finished after encouraging me to start painting again. I received permission from the artist in early spring and finished the painting May of 2016, it is now hanging on the wall in my friends office.  This painting is not for sale.  Please visit for prints of the original photo.