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Sierra Nevada Painting: Donner Lake Study

Published on August 7, 2014 under Currently Available Paintings
Sierra Nevada Painting: Donner Lake Study

Sierra Nevada Painting: Donner Lake Study Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann

8×11 Oil on Linen Canvas Mounted on Wood


3″ Red Mahogany Wood


Lower Left – Baumann Date Completed: 2004


Donner Lake Field Study Baumann

Artist’s Comments

Journal Entry: Donner Lake, September 16, 2004

Today I left camp determined to find a historic location where famous artists have painted a study of Donner Lake. I climbed over huge granite boulders, some that were as large as a house, and came to places where I could go no further; where my only option was to turn around in frustration and go back to the place where I started, and then go in another direction. Large tree trunks, pushed over by the winter snows from avalanches, blocked the path in many places.
I spent the day searching for the ridge and the location where Albert Bierstadt originally rendered a sketch of Donner Lake. I wanted to locate the very spot where he dismounted his horse, climbed to the edge of the cliff, and sat with his painting box in his lap while he painted the sketch that he used many times to recreate masterworks in his studio.
Finally, I discovered a path where I climbed upward to a outcropping of rocks and followed the ridge of the edge of the cliff. I found the exact spot where my painting mentor stood over one hundred years ago. Feeling excited and inspired, I painted a sketch of Donner Lake and then sat against a boulder to ponder the historic significance of this great place.


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This painting will be displayed in Stefan Baumann’s One Man Show titled: “Reverence: An Artist’s Tribute to Nature” at The Orland Art Center in Orland, CA from September 1 through 27, 2014.


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