With the Markleeville Plein-air event up coming in June, I felt I really need to be out there getting in shape for it!! It has been so cold this spring, and at higher elevations, in the am, that is something you need to be aware of. Some springs start so much warmer than these last 3 or so have, but we are now getting some some spring color, birds and flowers, and less snow around. I drove up the airport road in Alpine county, just looking, when I came to this pond. Easy to get to, and larger than it usually is, with room to park and for the dogs to walk and run. In about 1 1/2 hours I had done this. 7 x 12 on Uart mounted to foamcor- - -a very nice surface to work on out doors. I had a blast, when I finished I had a feeling of leaving a different world and returning to mine!! Dogs had just found a spot, and laid down for a rest. I want to go here again, as it is a large pond with more compositions to explore.
I also want to show you my "grapes" , this was from the watercolor workshop, but I was late that first morning so didn't really get the up leading information or see the Demo for this one. I was helping to load calves for the sale!! Good thing the workshop was only 5 minutes form home!! This is large, and as I understood later, was a good class- type project as it helped to learn to use the wash technique, and also the staining colors that Jeannie Vodden uses and was trying to teach us!
she did give each person an image to trace onto their watercolor paper. I did stretch my paper, as I love that, but many did not- - some did.