By Sharon Weaver
The Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains are my favorite place to paint. With amazing vistas and sparkling clear lakes, the subject never disappoints. I especially relate to the colors of the area; the olive green pine trees with mountains that cast blue shadows.
I have always wanted to paint this spot looking across Twin Lakes but it is usually so windy that I move on. This particular morning it was calm and clear but about an hour and a half in, I could hear the wind coming through the trees.
I grabbed my easel and held on as a strong gust nearly knocked me over. After that, it was a scramble to pack up and get back into the car. I finished it back in the studio but kept the spontaneity by restricting the studio painting time to a minimum.
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