For a few years now we’ve talked about having a family get-together of some sort. This year we went ahead and reserved a house in Savannah, Georgia. With a few month’s notice and everyone’s buy-in, the family gathering finally happened. It was certainly nice to get together without the event of a funeral or wedding.
Here are some of the sights from the week: Continue reading Family Vacation in Savannah, GA
Durango sits in a valley, created by the Animas River. So there are magnificent views of the mountains from almost every point in town. This particular view is part of my morning commute into town. I love how the shadows show off the definition of the ridges – but it has to be the right time of day. In the afternoon, everything is flooded by sunlight and is flattened out.
For this morning’s sketch, I sat in the park just a few feet further upstream from the rafting sketches.
Further down the Animas River from the bridge is a series of rapids that rafters and kayakers love to play in. I took an afternoon break and enjoyed a late lunch before sketching the beginning of the rapids. These are easily accessible from one of the many parks in town.
Trying to get better with my watercolors, so I experimented with adding some color to the sketch.
Of course, since I didn’t have to leave just yet, I didn’t. While sitting a few different rafts came down. I thought they’d be a fun challenge to capture in sketch.
Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.
After the Isaac Newton quote in a tree, I wanted to try something a bit different. This tree pushes the process much further, creating the entire image organically rather than painting directly and then altering it a bit. Have to say, I like how it turned out.
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Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.
~ Isaac Newton
This quote by Mr. Newton seemed a perfect fit for a (simple) pine tree.
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I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
~ Emma Goldman
After liking the heart so much and running across this quote in my list, I couldn’t help myself from painting this rose. I love having fresh flowers in the RV – they really brighten up any space!
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Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca
I’ve always been a list maker and a collector. While playing with my watercolors it only made sense (at least in my head) to combine a drawing with a quote that I’ve saved in one of my lists.
Sometimes it’s easier to start with a quote and create the image that comes to mind. In this case I painted a heart and found an appropriate quote.
Playing with my watercolors has been fun, capturing my RV and beloved mountains. I wanted to push a little further, however, to work on a more involved image. What better challenge than one of my most common (and favorite) sights – Ashley riding her bicycle. For the most part, I am quite pleased with the results, though working with a fluid medium in an uncontrolled manner did mean that Ashley appears to be riding with an antenna.
After capturing my RV in watercolor, I played with the technique further. At the time, I was in the flatlands of Florida. But since I love mountains, they seemed like a great subject to play with. And these guys turned out pretty well.
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Playing with a new technique, I decided to use the most obvious subject available to me. The first thing that jumped out at me was my RV, parked right in front of me. And so, that’s what I painted. This is the silhouette of the front of my home. Hope you enjoy!