I used the computer to lighten up the shadows. The painting is only 8 x 8 inches so there couldn't be too much detail in the shadows either. I like my compromise. Plein air painting (outside) has helped me to see how photos can flatten and put things out of sync.
I received some compliments on my sketch of the tree in the previous post. It was a fairly accurate sketch of the tree. I thought you might like to see a photo of the tree and big rock.
It was good to get out the pastels today. It was a bit warm, got up to about 80 degrees. I painted in the garage, out of the sun and wind. Gene rode his trike to Eagle Nest. He rode 21 miles. He has been riding about 10-12 miles so he was pretty tired. I went to pick him up and we had a glass of wine at the Saloon. They have a couple of recliner couches in the back so we sat and relaxed for a while. Nice.
We stopped in there a while back to see if they were open and if the restaurant was open. The hostess/waitress said they were, but to be sure and call before we came as they sometimes run out of food. Hmmm.
We will see what tomorrow brings.