Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Golden Hour - Sparks Lake


"The Golden Hour - Sparks Lake"
@2010 Sue Favinger Smith

Sparks Lake is large and shallow, perfect for human powered watercraft in the summer. We went hiking, wanting to follow the Ray Atkeson Trail - Ray Atkeson's beautiful photography books usually feature this lake.

We decided to venture on beyond the end of the paved section, then took what we thought was the short cut trail back to the main staging area. Unfortunately, I over-rode my husband's opinion at a crucial Y in the trail and we ended up on the longer loop trail. He graciously refrained from saying "I-told-you-so" and I got some better views of the lake from which to create this painting.

Most important lesson learned? Draw a map of the trail network, don't rely on memory. Oh, and wear insect repellent.

14 comments:

SOiNTOiT said...

What an incredible painting. Absolutely gorgeous. I envy your talents. :)

Anthony Duce said...

The painting is great. It must have been great to be there.

Caroline Bray Art said...

This is beautiful and very well executed. The softness of your edges and brushstrokes accentuates the serene nature of the scene, it's an excellent marriage of style and technique.

Sue Smith said...

Thank you all for your generous comments. I appreciate it!

Barbara Pask said...

Very lovely, love the color of the water. What size and medium is this? Did I miss it?

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Sue Smith said...

Hi Barbara - sorry I forgot to post that info : oil on canvas, size is 22 x 22

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Marie Provence said...

Hi, I just wanted to say that I love your work and I think your story is very inspiring. I'm striving for the same recognition with my work eventually. Keep doing what you do so well!

Susan Roux said...

This is beautiful. I love the rich colors and the golden light.