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Some paintings far surpass my expectations and some are scary awful, but it's always fun.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Rocky Mountain National Park

We just returned from a 5 day trip to Colorado, where we visited our long-time friends, Melinda and Erick. One day we drove over to Rocky Mountain National Park for a hike and a picnic. I made a quick sketch with sepia pens of varying weights and added watercolor washes when I returned home. Sylvia, one of the Paint Site leaders from SCVWS said that she finds sepia ink to be more pleasing with watercolor than black ink. I was happy with it, too-the contrast isn't so sharp. I bought a new 7"x10" travel sketchbook that has 140 pound paper. While it isn't hot press, it's smoother than the Arches cold press books I had been using and I am MUCH happier with the way the pen goes down on the paper.
I wish there had been more time to draw-it's difficult to fit in when traveling with non-artists!


  1. Love how you did the texture of the trees and areas. It's terrific!

  2. Thanks, Sheila! I haven't posted in ages, but plan to get back to painting very soon. Life just gets too complicated sometimes.
    I do think about art all the time, and so many things I see as I go about my day-to-day life look like a painting waiting to happen! Hope to see you soon.

  3. lookin' good!! Landscapes like that are tough!