Stopping for the Night

We were on our way to Burnt Hill Mesa in Colorado for our annual family reunion and stopped for the night at McPhee Reservoir. It had been raining and the scent of water and pine filled the air. We hiked over to the cliffs and looked down over the much depleted reservoir as the sun set. This scene would have made for a good sketch but I was without my sketching materials.

Before getting on our way the next morning, I sketched our camper nestled by the piñon in our campsite. I mostly used chalk markers, a new medium for me. I like the way it combines the opacity of gouache with the precision of markers.

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11 Responses to Stopping for the Night

  1. barbara says:

    I just LOVE the spontaneity and energy of this sketch!!!! Thanx for sharing!!!

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  2. Beverly Barrett says:


    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. deb92024 says:

    Particularly like the sky and mountains. The camper looks like it’s raring to get moving!

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  4. I love this. I’ve heard of chalk markers but know nothing about them. I’d love to hear how you use them, etc.

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  5. She says:

    Incredible line work and contrast! I have missed your posts and miss you more. Have fun, Sarah!

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    • Thank you Sheila, I think the post will be coming now. I built up a backlog due to not being able to connect to the internet. But I think I have worked out a solution for now. See you. In a few weeks!


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