This, being my most recent "finished painting" is in my current TOP 10.
|Last Scramble to Jackson Summit Pastel 18x26|
|Boulders on the North Twin TrailPastel 9x12|
Something there is about climbing these 4,000 footers...a certain exhilaration on reaching the top, on the getting there in fact, possibly induced by the rock scrambling often (but not always) necessary.
Yes, I have seen mountain goats, and people I consider mountain goats, go up them standing, but I seem to need three points of contact, hand over hand, on many of these peaks, or at least parts of them.
I am, as the saying goes, up close and personal.
Thus, I fully appreciate the myriad lichens and moss that festoon the rocks and boulders, as well as the ledges, the nooks, the cracks and crevices.
And then there is the glimpse of the next mountain top, or the extension of the one I'm on. Maybe krumholtz (crooked wood)...what trees do near the tree line.
So here is Mt. Jackson peak...which may not look this way to others, but to me below, looking up, wondering if there was more peak after what I could see (sometimes there is), it was beautiful and bold and delicate!
All this I wanted to capture.
I'm not sure I did...I want to go back and see it, climb it again...a different trail perhaps, different season too.
|Notches to the North Pastel 12X18|
So the question remains...is it a favorite painting because it was a memorable hike, or because the painting of it presented challenges overcome?
If you enjoy hiking in the Whites, or even traveling through, check out my website for more paintings of vistas, trails, and yes....rocks .