Capturing iconic Newport Beach and beyond: New River Gorge Bridge

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Artwork by Don Krotee

Hiking through morning sections of mist changes scenes quickly, making plein air painting difficult. In ‘77 when the bridge was constructed, it was the highest, at 876 feet above the gorge. The National Register holds the huge park and bridge so tall, it is often used for base jumping. The mystery of light and shadows across steep sloped hills changes frequently, so it’s best to compose and paint ala prima – all at once from an impression. The atmosphere will unveil and mask the power of the gorge with every sunrise through the fog each day. This painting views the bridge, lost in sections, in the atmosphere, and was based on the artist’s combination of photos, painted entirely in the studio. The painting is 14” x 21”, transparent watercolor, painted on 300# Fabriano paper.


Don Krotee is a long-time resident of Corona del Mar, active in local environmental and housing affairs in the city and a board member of SPON, Newport’s oldest environmental nonprofit. Krotee is an architect, sailor and fine artist, providing images of his original paintings and drawings to Stu News from iconic Newport Beach and around the world.