On Saturday we hiked up the most popular trails in all of Estes Park. First you get to Bear Lake, a very short and easy hike, where this painting was done. The 'usual' view is of Hallet's Peak which is to the right of my chosen scene, but I liked the play of light on this one better.
Ater leaving Bear Lake you get to Nymph Lake which is a lovely little lake filled with beautiful yellow water lillies (named Nymphaea polysepal) -took lots of photos but didn't paint there. From there you go still higher and get to Dream Lake, where this second painting was done. Dave continued hiking even higher to 2 more lakes while he waited for me to finish. I wasn't acclimated to the high elevation at this point, so I was puffing quite a bit just to get here. (Dream lake sits at 9900 feet!) This painting was one of the three paintings that I submitted for the competition.
Our usual day consisted of getting me somewhere to paint, while hubby Dave either hiked up a mountain or went cycling on his new road bike. Then we met again and moved to a new location or two. We did this every day until dinner time and then we were both ready for a bit of a rest in our wonderful little cottage we had rented, right on the Big Thompson River in Estes Park. After the first day, the weather was warm and sunny, although a bit windy, for the most part.
Stay tuned for Day #3!