About a month before the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, my husband and I watched a documentary about the history of rock climbing in Yosemite National Park, Valley Uprising (available on Netflix streaming). It was a fascinating show about the Park and the evolution of rock climbing from the early pioneers, like Yvon Chouinard and Royal Robbins, to the amazing feats of modern climbers like Dean Potter and Alex Honnold.
Throughout the film, there are stunning images and footage of El Capitan and the “dawn wall,” which is the wall facing east that is hit by the sun as it rises.
I was captivated by the play of color, the golden glow of the sun and cool grays of the rock face, and while we were watching I searched online for images of “The Dawn Wall” to see what would come up.
This colorway is the result of that search. In many of the photographs (not the ones I’ve chosen for this mood board), the dawn light has a golden-orange glow to it. I used Artistic License and went with a cooler golden-yellow, bordering on yellow-green in spots, because I love yellow and gray together, or grellow as this combination is often called. I wanted to create a colorway based both on images of the dawn wall and also these two colors which work so well together and play off each other in such a pleasing way.