Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Opal Lake – A Fairyland

Opal Lake – A Fairyland, acrylic on board, 18″x24″, 2021 ~SOLD
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This painting is inspired by Opal Lake here in Pagosa Springs, Colorado where I live.

The hike up to Opal Lake is a local treasure. It is a gentle couple mile walk up through a beautiful forest which is perfect for our little family. The hike is short and easy but when you catch the landscape under the right light, the views equal those of places that may require a more extraneous, longer hike.

Me and my younger son Wesley at Opal Lake
I love when nature is accessible to as many people as possible and this hike offers the magic of remote mountains. It is referred to as the Jewel of the Southern San Juans. The colors and the varied vegetation of the landscape gives the feeling of being in another world, in a Fairyland.
Angle view of the painting.

The sun hitting the gloss finish of the varnished painting.


Another detail.

One more detail =)

Its always a challenge to capture the spirit of the finished painting so I try to photograph them from different angles and often in different light.

My partner Kyle holding up the painting in our backyard =)
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