Oh my I knew that painting the Sierra Buttes was going to be a challenge. I felt stretched today and could feel deep despair coming on, so I ignored it and pressed on. There is something so trying in painting this mountain. I think that it is because I want to evolk mood and emotion while trying to stay true to the general geography. For people who are familiar with the Sierra Buttes, they can spot the mistakes. I have to remember that the great artist Chiura Obata often changed his subject, such as when he painted Yosemite. This time around I went dark and moody perhaps because it was how I felt!