Monthly Archives: July 2017

The San Miguel River Again

In yesterday’s sketch I worked to get a fairly realistic sketch of an actual place along the San Miguel River just outside Telluride Colorado. The parts of the finished sketch that I found most pleasing were the large abstract trees … Continue reading

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Along the San Miguel River

We have had rain most afternoons and the landscape is about as green as possible. Before the rain I biked along the San Miguel River Trail until I came to a particularly gorgeous spot. It seemed like the perfect location … Continue reading

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Indian Paintbrush 

The other day I did some small simple sketches of fields, mountains and sky using gouache on small sheets of black paper. I was practicing quickly placing the big shapes down in a free sort of way and did not … Continue reading

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Clouds Crowd the San Juan Mountains

After getting help from friends, a cousin and the internet, I now know some of the characteristics of a mountain scene that I can look for as I study possibilities for a sketch. A foreground is important, it should be … Continue reading

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Along the Jud Wiebe Trail

I spent the afternoon sketching along Telluride’s Jud Wiebe Trail. It is a steep three-mile trail with a climb of 1,300 feet. Stopping to sketch along the way definitely made the assent much easier for me than normal and is … Continue reading

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Telluride Mountains and Meadows

I have been working on sketching the mountains in this area and am having trouble getting a feeling of distance in these sketches. I think I need to fade out the distant mountains more and include more of the vibrant … Continue reading

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Telluride Street

Telluride is located in the cusp of the Sneffels Range and its bare jagged peaks are visible from just about everywhere. This is my third day sketching the mountains and so far I have not been able to get a … Continue reading

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