I think ‘Rushing River’ is the fourth version I’ve painted from the same reference photo. The three before this were different color variations of a mountain scene with calmer water in the stream. I think I’m gravitated to using this photo because it’s small and not very good so I’m forced to interpret the scene. In this painting I had the stream bubbling and rushing over rocks. It’s also fun to paint skies with different colors while creating a feeling of depth by layering the clouds.
The last painting of the Mountain Stream reference photo was my first entry into a competitive exhibition. I’m honored the painting was juried in and will hang in the Annual North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition from May 3rd to June 2nd, 2017.