Sunday, July 24, 2011
Pastels and a Photo Tioga Trip
I wound up scrapping this portrait and trying one from another location. There was only time enough for two twenty minute poses. But you're unhappy with a piece sometimes it's best to just start fresh. I hadn't planned the composition of the first sketch very well. I really liked her hand holding the can but trying to squish it in without allowing for it in the composition was a big mistake. I know I should plan more and do thumbnail comps but I rarely do when sketching.
Sometimes I'll fine tune a pastel when I get home but the weather was looking too good to stay indoors. Big puffy clouds were showing up and I loves me some clouds.
So I talked my son into a drive along the Tioga pass up to Tuolumne Meadows It was a spur of the moment late day afternoon trek. But with the flowers blooming in the high country and the promise of a nice sunset it seemed worth it. It was. Well sorta.
Sometimes you arrive at a spot just a best time. That seemed how this evening was shaping up.
Unfortunately on the way back home my car blew out a spark plug.
We hobbled down the mountain and just barely made it to El Portel. Missed the last YART bus out so we slept in the car till morning.
Fortunately what I thought was going to be the death of my car turned out to be an fairly easy fix for our mechanic.