This is a painting I did a few years ago of Mt. Whitney in Yosemite National Park, California. I painted it on a travel easel outdoors, near the wonderful Whitney portal store, as my husband was hiking. We did a shorter backpacking trip in the Glen Aulin area that summer, and did Whitney as a side trip. I still had too much altitude sickness that day to attempt the 14,505′ climb, but it was fun to hang out at the base that day and paint.
Mt Whitney, 16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals
The painting took about 45 minutes, which was good since it was very hot and bugs kept flying into my wet paint. I used reference photos to get the distinctive shape of the peaks right, but I exaggerated the colors of the sky and rock for dramatic effect.
We love the otherworldly feel of the high Sierra mountains, and Whitney is an amazing place to visit. You can also read about some of our other Sierra backpacking trips, and the paintings that came out of them.