Tomorrow is my once a month pastel workshop in Ojai and last month I didn't make it. I was hoping to have a whole host of work to show the teacher but I've only done 3 pastel pieces since then. Two I gave away for Christmas and this one below. It's from a photo I took on a trip to Yosemite with an old boyfriend, more than a decade ago. The relationship ended a month later but I am glad I got the photo!
I love Yosemite. It's one of my favorite places in California. When you are there, you completely get why Ansel Adams spent so much time there photographing it. It's a magical place that, along with it's beauty and majesty, holds an amazing energy. It's difficult to explain, but if you can get there ... get there.
Yosemite Valley pastel on paper 12/09
"It is all very beautiful and magical here -
a quality which cannot be described.
You have to live it and breath it,
Let the sun bake it into you."