I love doing paintings of Longs Peak! As seen from this view, Mt. Meeker is the dominant peak, but since Long's Peak is slightly higher, everyone calls this view--Longs Peak...the locals call Longs and Meeker the Twin Peaks. Longs Peak is one of the fourteeners...peaks above 14,000 feet. It is located in Rocky Mountain National Park, but it can be seen from many, many miles away. It is the peak that Longmont, CO is named after. I painted the canvas a bright turquoise blue before I started the composition. I added layer upon layer of paint with my palette knife, and ended with a glaze in the farthest foothills and mountains. I used a photo from my painting buddy, Michel Reynolds, as a reference to paint this piece. The sky wasn't much in the photo, but I saw a lovely sunset one night while I was working on this piece, so I did that part from memory. I cropped the original painting to fit into a frame that I already had. I cut about 1 inch off the right-hand side, and about 1/4 inch off the top. It looks almost the same as this image...I have donated this piece to a charity auction to raise money for a fellow artist in the Lefthand Artist Group of Longmont. He has cancer, too.
May 28th, 2010
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