This was a commission done in both graphite & watercolor.Watercolor was used only for the color in the leaves. The only other color is in the 2 rocks in the foreground & the Mountains in the back. For them, I used graphitint pencils which have only a hint of color. I used a color called "storm" to depict the maroon nature of the rock in the area.
I was so excited to do THESE mountains, THESE MAROON BELLS�these are some of my favorites. I have hiked here with friends & with family. I've stood in the pitch black with over 100 strangers waiting in freezing weather, tripods & cameras at the ready to capture that dazzling, breathtaking moment when the rising sun first kisses the peaks. I have rested beneath their shadows, wandered in their aspen groves and stood in amazed wonder at their reflection in the 2 lakes they use to admire themselves all day long. Since I first saw them in 1973, I have been in love. This rendering shows them as they were back then as this view is hard to get today. They've moved the parking lot around and restricted where one can walk to protect the fragile eco-system.
It's really meant to be a drawing of an Aspen grove first, & of the Maroon Bells second. But...oh well...
January 21st, 2015
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