Tag Archives: Landscape

Line of Junipers

Today I walked out to a part of my brother’s land that is usually a small pond ringed by a meadow and juniper trees. This year it is so dry that there is only a suggestion of green in the … Continue reading

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Sunset along the Canyon Edge

We are camping on my brother’s land in the Colorado San Juan Mountains. I look forward to our annual family reunion here for many reasons, including the chance to paint this dramatic landscape. This week the skies in western Colorado … Continue reading

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Dessert

How wonderful to finish a meal at a sidewalk cafe in Portugal and then sit and admire the landscape. This is a 12 X 12- inch gouache sketch on black paper.

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Torrey Pines Morning

This morning our plein air landscape class met at Torrey Pines State Reserve just north of San Diego. It was foggy and the boundary between the sea and sky seemed to shift throughout the morning. I used a large brush … Continue reading

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At Balboa Park with the Plein Air Painters

The San Diego Watercolor Society plein air painters meet most Wednesdays at different locations around the county. This morning when we met at Balboa Park my friend reminded me of what we learned at a workshop we took together. The … Continue reading

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At Elk Pond

Elk Pond in Telluride Mountain Village is a place where people can come to fish without a license, sunbathe, kayak, paint and just hang out. I love the way the water catches the reflections of the sky, mountains, trees, and … Continue reading

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Meadow on the Village Bypass Trail

Mountain Bikers love the Village Bypass Trail and I had a great time marveling at their speed and courage as I stood above the trail and sketched this morning. I considered including a few but they flew by so fast … Continue reading

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Rain Comes Across the Meadow

It has been really rainy here in Telluride this year so I have had a lot of opportunity to observe how the rains comes in across the mountains and hills. It is just beautiful and I wanted to convey this … Continue reading

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Same Place, Same Time, Different Lighting

I started this sketch yesterday after making the preliminary sketch that I posted yesterday. This morning I set up my easel in the exact same place as I had yesterday in the Telluride Town Park, expecting to be able to … Continue reading

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Preliminary Sketch 

If my goal for the day’s sketch is complicated, it helps a lot to make a preliminary sketch or two. That way I can work through some of the challenges without worrying that I will wreck my work. My preliminary … 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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First Try On The Rise

Today we drove about 50 miles to Telluride Colorado where I will be sketching while my husband works here for the the next four weeks. What with breaking down our old campsite and moving into the rental here I never … Continue reading

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Walking Up the Rise

As you walk up the rise on my brother’s land to look out at Horsefly Mesa, there is a stunning moment when you can see the sky both under and above the boughs of the ponderosa pines. I like the … Continue reading

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Wedding Card for an Adventuresome Couple 

Sending great good thoughts for this young adventuresome couple as they set off on married life!

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Looking Across Tomales Bay

I am with my cousin happily sketching for three days near Inverness California. We had a great start this morning along the edge of Tomales Bay with some fog and gorgeous vistas. There was a lot of movement in the … Continue reading

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At the Xochicalco Pyramids

  We went to the Archaeological Monument of Xochicalco, which features the ruins of a huge commercial and religious center of the Olmeca-Xicallanca people. There is a museum and extensive excavated ruins of what once was a very large town … Continue reading

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Looking West from Kate Sessions Park

I painted today at Kate Sessions Park with the San Diego Watercolor Society Wednesday’s plein air group. It was a gorgeous vista full of green that was set off by the lifting fog. This is a gouache sketch on black … Continue reading

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Near Buckeye Arizona

  In the series of travel sketches I just completed, I somehow skipped over Arizona, my home state.  I want to fill this gap by posting this sketch that I made as we drove past the irrigated fields near Buckeye yesterday. … Continue reading

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New Mexican Hills 

Yesterday evening at dusk we were driving across southern New Mexico. It was an arid area and the setting sun enhanced the yellows of the grasses. I liked the layers that the stretches of grass, trees and sky made and … Continue reading

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Hillside near Austin

Hillside Near Austin I sketched with pastel pencil as we drove along today, trying to get the basic feel of the landscape as it flew past us.

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On the Homestead Trail at Prince Edward Island National Park

  The rain stopped, the sun came out, the temperature warmed and we spent the afternoon biking on the Homestead Trail at Prince Edward Island National Park. It was incredibly beautiful.  I did something new today. I began with a … Continue reading

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Another View from Our Camping Spot

This is our third and last day in New Brunswick. Yesterday I sketched our view looking out to the sea. Today I turned 90 degrees and sketched the view looking at a fresh water pond and hill off to our … Continue reading

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Looking at the Bay of Fundy

We are at the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick. The bay is known for having the highest change between high and low tides in the world. We spent the afternoon hiking along the cliffs of Hopewell Rocks, which are … Continue reading

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Along Nebraska State Highway 2

The landscape along the Nebraska highways has a storybook quality. Attempting to capture the feeling of its open spaces with its somewhat rolling hills and textured fields is a great way to spend a day driving across this large state. … Continue reading

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Action Sketching along I- 80 in Nevada, Utah and Wyoming

Although learning to accurately sketch is a long standing goal, composing pictures from what I see is an important goal too. Action sketching requires a kind of imaginative planning that I find difficult. Drawing real people who move about in … Continue reading

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Along a Petaluma Path

  This sketch is more of a record of a few hours than a sketch of a specific time. I started this sketch along a path outside of Petaluma California early this morning when the skies were gray and there … Continue reading

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On Our Way

We got a very late start, finally leaving San Diego well after dark. I sketched a bit as we drove north through LA and think I captured the feeling of night driving on a freeway. I used my phone and … Continue reading

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Fishing at Shelter Island

Our landscape class met today at Shelter Island on the San Diego Harbor. Our goal was to apply multiple graduated washes and use the modulations in the color to show the sea and sky. The locale had large flat expanses … Continue reading

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Yesterday we took a jungle walk up a creek to Stone Dam. With its clear water, rope swings, gorgeous foliage and several swimming holes it was a great place to visit but an overwhelming place to sketch.

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Along the North Shore of Oahu

Yesterday we circumnavigated Oahu, stopping to sketch, swim and enjoy the island from time to time. I wanted to convey my admiration for the island, surf and the people who take pleasure in it and made a series of quick … Continue reading

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