I am participating in Leslie Saeta’s annual “30 in 30” painting challenge this month. This is my painting for day 5.
I took this photo a few years ago from an overpass and always wanted to sketch it in charcoal. The graceful curve of the tracks in any season, because I admire it all the time, is an inspiration to create. In the starkness of the snowy day, the minimized palette honestly black and white even in a photo, the trees rising straight up all around, marching up the steep hill toward the sky and starting down into the ravine on the other side, has been another inspiration I’ve wanted to sketch. We had a nice snow and when I drove past this spot today I decided now was the time to do it.
I enjoy these challenges, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow, though I have no idea what it will be.
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