In the Cold, In the North

The end of 2019 is here, the Christmas season is winding down, and 2020 approaches.  I have not done much painting in weeks except for a gouache for my SIL as a present . . . I thought a simple watercolor would be a good place to begin a return to painting.

Interestingly, when I have not painted for awhile, I don’t get caught up in the same issues I do when I paint a lot.  Why is this?  I think it is because I am doing it for the simple pleasure of a watercolor – not to accomplish a goal or something.  Hopefully this element of innocence can be called upon for future works.

Have a wonderful New Year 2020 everyone!

Come Winter

It’s chilly here with rains to begin at midnight.  Snow is on the mountains outside the valleys around me.  I miss the smell of a winter of snow and pine, in the eastern woods, Rockies, high desert.  This is a simple morning sketch, iron gall ink, a water brush, some watercolor to recall the wonder of a mountain winter.

Curbside Daisies

I haven’t picked up a brush in weeks.  I did an ink and watercolor sketch a few days ago, but no painting of any sort.  Life got in the way, as well as other interests needing a lot of time – photography in this case.  Now I hope to get back to daily painting because I miss it!

The other day, I was out and about.  Looking down, I saw some bright pink daisies in the sun, falling over the cobbled pavement of the street.  Hmmm, let’s paint ’em!

And so I did.

Fruitful Bowl

Finally, sat down and did some sketching.  I went out with my friend, Sharon, to a local bookstore for coffee, chit chat, and a bit of sketching.  So glad I did!  Good to get out and see a lovely friend, put a pen to paper, and just enjoy the time.  Lately I have been caught up with potential evacuations from local fires and too much TV bingeing (A French Village on Amazon Prime) and photography.  As a result, artwork has been put on hold.  Now, I hope I have the whatever back, and will continue!