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.
Who knew there could be such a thing, right? Well, it was really a painless experience (just a cleaning) – especially since it wasn’t me that was visiting! Ashley had an appointment at the Smile Station and we had errands to run afterward so I passed my waiting time by sketching the front office.
At the time, it was still morning, but just barely. On the other end of the spectrum, it will be morning in just moments. Either way, there’s just enough time for a last cup of coffee or it will soon be time to start!
While creating the digital print of Daffodils, I also worked with textures to create this drawing of a Blue Heron. There were quite a few herons that lived in the ponds next to the apartments so I had a lot of opportunities to watch them flying by.
Upon receiving an iPad, I immediately found some drawing apps to play with. I created a series of digital drawings, including these daffodils. They’re based on a real photo that I took near my apartment at the time.
Stayed for a few nights in the campground at Valley of the Rogue State Park in Oregon. It was a great launch place for visiting both Crater Lake and the Redwoods National Parks. On a rest day, I sketched this gnarly oak tree next to the campsite.