Pony Tail Falls

Pony Tail Falls. Acrylic. 12×30 inches. $150

So, I’m trying to enjoy a good chunk of home before I leave for Florence in a mon- a month???? Oh geez, that’s coming up quickly.
I’ve been doing a lot of hiking this summer, but today was my first day doing hiking by myself. My boyfriend was supposed to come with, but he got sick. I decided to use this opportunity to do something I’ve been wanting to do for years: go to a waterfall and make a painting then and there. Kind of like in the tradition of the Impressionists.

My plan was to go to Fairy Falls, which is close to Bridal Veil Falls, but… I was dumb, and made the plan to do so around noon, and ended up getting stuck in traffic (by people wanting to go to Multnomah Falls, which I tried to avoid as much as I could) for thirty minutes longer than I planned, missed my trailhead due to the lack of parking, and finally found somewhere to park my car and just go on an adventure.

I ended up not going to Fairy Falls, but I will try to do so before I leave. Instead, I ended up at the Horsetail trailhead instead. I hiked for what felt like an hour or two. It was a more difficult terrain, which was fortunate because there weren’t as many people. I passed Lower Oneonta Falls, but I couldn’t get a good angle to paint, so I hiked on. I ended up at Pony Tail falls, so that’s where I decided to sit down and paint.

I’m used to painting in small increments with some time in between. I didn’t have the luxery. Sitting down and painting in a shorter amount of time was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. I didn’t have the time to, for example, if something about the painting wasn’t working right for me, I couldn’t sleep on it and come back to it later. I had to do it all in one sitting. I don’t think it’s bad. Definitely not my best, but for what it was, I’m pretty happy with it. I might go back and add details or something. I definitely still need to sign it.

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