The painting of the larch trees was finished last evening and another begins after teaching today. As I was painting into the dark passages, I was most wondering about how we can see forms in the dark. When we hiked in during the morning, everything was light….but it did not take long and the sun was on the west side of the mountain top and a huge shadow was cast over everything, leaving only the water below, illuminated, along with a bank of larch trees. Such a beautiful sight so early in the afternoon. I found that cerulean blue could be painted over magenta and ultramarine/burnt umber forms to create the mass of rock that I was looking for in the shadows. I also used some barium red to invigorate the darkness.