Tag Archives: San Juan Mountains

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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San Juan Mountain Path

The sun was intense as I stood in the shade and sketched. Even through my dark glasses the shade from the pine trees that fell across the path contrasted strongly with sunny areas of the mountain path. When I got … Continue reading

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Montrose Colorado Morning

I am in Montrose Colorado for the weekend and could not resist quickly sketching this view across the fields to the San Juan Mountains!

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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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Like Matisse’s Windows

For the last three weeks I have been thinking about the view from the window. It is so beautiful and the framing of the vista by the window sets the view off splendidly. I looked a few times at some … 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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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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Sneffels Range in the Middle of July

Mount Sneffels and the whole Sneffles Range command attention when in view. I spend a lot of time admiring these mountains when I visit my brother’s land and, with two days remaining, worked up my bravery and painted them.  This … Continue reading

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View From Our Campsite

All week I have been enjoying the view of the forest and road from our campsite. While not as spectacular as the meadow, I love the way the trees disappear into the dark green of the forest and decided it … Continue reading

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Cutting Away the Scrub Oak

Sketching in ink is something I have not done very much of recently because so much of my energy has gone to gouache. This afternoon I picked up my micron pen and sketchbook and drew my husband while he cut … Continue reading

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In the Meadow

The first two times I sketched this meadow I stood up above it and could see the mountains beyond it. This time the view is from within the meadow and the surrounding mountains are no longer visible. I added a … Continue reading

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Clouds Build Over A Colorado Meadow

This is the same meadow that I sketched on July 8, but the view is looking to the south towards Colorado’s Sneffels Range. The colors seemed cooler today, perhaps because the monsoon clouds began building midmorning and it never got … Continue reading

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Morning Comes Again to the Old Snag

Thirty-five years ago the snag, a dead but still standing tree, was the tallest ponderosa pine in the area. Its broad branches dominated the sunlight so there were no other pines nearby. After a lightening strike burned most of it, … Continue reading

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Meadow Below Horsefly Mesa

In the spring it is a pond but by midsummer it is a meadow with a soggy center. Even in the heat of July it is lush and full of life. In the morning some of its grass is crushed … Continue reading

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Under a Blue Tarp

The part of the San Juan Mountains we are camping is waiting for the summer monsoons to come. The grasses are turning brown and yellow, there is a lot of dust and heat, and the rains will be welcomed when … Continue reading

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