Having driven past this hairpin turn on Highway One many times without stopping, I pulled off the road onto the paved side by this massive rock mountain and took pictures of this scene! It is a harrowing ride, but I am told that coming south and down this steep turn is even scarier. A man told me he had some hitchhikers in the bed of his pickup who got him to stop and let them off to walk the road!
As an artist, I am awed by and in love with all of God's creation! Painting landscapes, portraits of people and animals, I try to depict the essence of that individual subject.
Often I will take photographs before and after some quick sketches, jotting down notes on the sketch about the color, or feeling of the piece and then begin painting. But, with portraits, sometimes having the subject actually present is not possible. Then, I need to get to know the subject, through discussion with a person who did actually know, or through biographies, photos, old paintings. Before I paint an animal or a person or even landscape, I must know about them so that I may "capture the essence" of the subject. Just looking at a photograph is not...
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