Cathedral Rock Reflections 11'w x 14" h Oil Painting
This painting presented some interesting challenges. The classic view of this landmark is usually viewed with the red spires reflected in Oak Creek's still waters. To get this perspective photographers stand in the middle of the creek when the water level is low and there weather is cold enough that no one is in the water.
Unfortunately, on the day we were there, temperatures had reached 105 F, and every inch of water was occupied by somebody trying to cool off. even upstream, in the areas where there was large areas of exposed rock and little water to splash in, there were families spread out everywhere ,picnicking and enjoying the view. I was finally able to snap a few small puddles in the rocks with good reflections, . I had to crop the people out of the scene then concentrate on painting a more interesting foreground.