In July, tourists of many nationalities visit Washington, D.C. On a short walk, one can hear Polish, Spanish, Chinese and other languages. The nation’s capitol is a visitor-friendly place, with lots of sights within easy walking distance of each other, great restaurants, and good transportation. Plus, lately, the weather’s been great too, making it fun for locals to join in the admiration of this beautiful city. On such an outing today, I encountered a few very forward squirrels, who apparently wanted a closer look to make sure my paints were not edible.
Our week at the beach has been lovely, with clear sunny skies, and a breeze to keep things cool. But soon it’s time to pack up and head home, so all the family is making the most of the beach, gazing at the water, and enjoying the sound of the waves.
The week after the holiday week is proving to be a quiet one here in the Outer Banks. People are enjoying the beautiful weather–breezy and sunny without humidity–by biking, going to the beach, or walking on the boardwalk on the sound side. It’s been great to paint the scene below from a spot on the boardwalk in the shade of a tree conveniently located behind a popular pizza joint playing music from the ’80s and 90s: with a perfect breeze and a gorgeous scene, it’s obvious you can’t ask for anything more than this! The tide is low and the kayakers setting out right below this promenade have to drag their kayaks across some muddy banks and reeds before being able to float.
Spring is struggling to make itself known this year. There’s a chill in the air. Cold breezes vied with bright sunshine in Central Park this weekend. Color and light caught your eye after taking in some artworks inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From the top of the museum, the Manhattan skyline edged the tops of the furthest trees. One can imagine spring settling in here soon.
It’s been a busy few weeks–with a tremendously inspiring March for Our Lives making last weekend particularly memorable! Art and sketching have had to take a back seat while so much else (much of it historically important) is going on….
With Spring finally here, however, there’s no question that the “plein air” kit of watercolors is going to get more use. Thus, a refresher in “Line and Wash” watercolor sketching with pen-and-ink in the form of a two-day workshop this week was perfectly timed. Below some of the paintings I completed in the workshop, the purpose of which was to combine use of pen (such as a fine-point Sharpie, black or brown, or India ink sketched with a bamboo stick) with watercolor washes.
Lots more to learn, as always, but it’s fun to be engaged in painting again.
A drizzly rain-slicked early evening in mid-November found me disembarking from a train in Baden Baden, Germany and soon walking along the historic Lichtentaler Allee.
A bluish-purple hillside loomed faintly in the distance. Colors reflected on the drenched pavement as bicyclists made their way through the park on their way home from work. There were no crowds, only dog walkers and the occasional person with an umbrella. Amber lights shone through the trees onto the “river” Oos which winds its way through the ages of time here. It’s impossible to stop and sketch but it’s a scene that sticks with me. I will attempt it next on a gessoed wood panel but again in watercolor.