Sunday, March 15, 2009

"Rainbow Falls" Watercolor

"Rainbow Falls At Mammoth Lakes"
10" x 14" Original Watercolor

A few years ago my husband and I were spending a few days at Mammoth Lakes. We were visiting my brother-in-law and his family. One morning my brother-in-law took us on a hike to Rainbow Falls. We left early in the morning, the weather was perfect and the hike through the forest area to reach the falls was punctuated with fresh air, beautiful scenery and good conversation. It was very thoughtful of my brother-in-law to take time out from his busy day to show us this beautiful place. It is apply named as there was a wide rainbow across the falling water. I did this painting of it shortly after our visit but I didn't include the rainbow as I was a little unsure of my ability to depict that effect using transparent watercolor. It was hard enough getting the effect of the falls dissipating into mist over the moss carpeted rocks! Just a few weeks ago I went back into this painting and added twice as many pine trees in the background as I had originally painted. This little painting has always been one of my favorites because it brings back the memories of that morning.


  1. Wow! A beautiful cascade of color.

  2. Thanks Brent! It was the intensity of the aquamarine and the moss green that inspired me to do this painting.


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