What’s better than a riverfront campsite at a beautiful campground on a warm April day? Not much, it seemed, this past weekend. In such a gorgeous spot, it was great to have some watercolor painting gear with me. What a relaxing way to practice painting lights and darks in watercolor. And no Internet service to be had for miles around: so, no news.
I tried the technique of sketching first in a Sharpie pen (brown or black) to indicate where on the page the darkest darks would go. Then I ‘painted’ over those darks with some water-proof bistre ink. From there I proceeded to the lighter washes, and then some details. It seemed to work.
With nothing to distract me, and no “must-do’s” around,
it was wonderful to be able to experiment in this way, enjoying the gentle breezes and shade where I was sitting.
Nearby some friends relaxed, including one lounging in a hammock he’d brought along.
This is a place known more for fishing, kayaking and rafting…but it is also a prime spot for painting, I’ve discovered. From the time you opened the flap to your tent at the first light of dawn, there were sights that demanded to be painted!