More from Bonita Cove

Here is another sketch from Bonita Cove, a shallow swimming area off San Diego’s Mission Beach. Again, the focus is on expressing the movement of people, wind, and water, although this sketch is drawn less realistically.

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Bonita Cove Morning

There is nothing like a day at Mission Bay’s Bonita Cove for beating the August heat with small children. Although the morning felt serene, there was also a lot of action in the wading area. I wanted to convey this movement of people, wind, and water in this sketch.

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Bald Eagle

We were hiking late in the afternoon near Molas Lake, Colorado, and noticed a large black and white bird soaring high over the lake. The sweep of the bird as it arched above us was mesmerizing, and we took several photos and videos before it flew away. Then, feeling incredibly lucky, I used a photo and watercolor crayons to draw the bird against the mountain top. Later, looking on the internet, we decided it was a bald eagle.

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Alpine Meadow

I climbed up Telluride’s Bear Creek Trail a few miles and rested in an alpine meadow. I had paper, pastel pencils, and gouache along, but there was so much to look at and so many different angles to choose from that I ended up cramming the sheet full of the mountain’s abundance.

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Telluride on a Quiet Evening

Telluride, a small town in western Colorado, is known for its ski slopes and summer festivities. Quiet Telluride evenings are a rarity in the summer, but I snapped a photo of one yesterday and then painted this later. Quiet or not, I did not want to paint in the middle of the road.

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Aspens along the Telluride River Trail

Following up on yesterday’s post, I went to another grove of aspen today, this one along the Telluride River Trail. In today’s sketch, some of the aspen trees are much closer to the viewer, giving a stronger sense of being in an aspen grove.

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The Ridge Trail

The Ridge Trail near Telluride climbs through a forest of fir trees, aspen, rocks, and meadows. I need to go back and do several more of these until I understand how to convey aspen. Even so, I like this sketch because it captures a bit of the mix of all these elements.

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