I am back home in Virginia after being in Colorado for twelve days. I stayed in a beautiful house with a fabulous view….and no internet connection. It really opened my eyes how much I missed being connected, how often I check in with my favorite blogs, look at the pages I follow on Facebook, or use the net to answer simple questions or to do research. Now I know!
But I did do some drawing while I was away. This is a view from the house where we were staying and I decided it was perfect for EDiJuly 31: Something Super.
“Mt Abrams,” India ink, 6×8″
I’m back in Colorado and as is usual I’m feeling sleeeeeeepy from the altitude. I’ve done a few sketches but nothing ready for posting yet. Meanwhile, here are a few quick photos. These grand landscapes will be a challenge to sketch and paint.
View of Ouray from Ampitheater
Near Baby Bathtubs on outskirts of Ouray, Colorado
Wow, what a concept…to spend a whole day sketching and watercoloring your activities for a whole day, from the coffee and cereal you had for breakfast to the trip to Wal-Mart, to dinner preparations and everything in between. Now it’s an international event and they even have a website.
The sketch crawl date for this year is Saturday, July 14. Let’s do it!
I’m going to southwestern Colorado again this year. If you’ve been following me for a while you know that last year my Colorado trip got totally under my skin and led to a whole series of flower and mountain paintings. Returning home after a week there was difficult — I so wanted to stay.
This year I’ll be spending a few days in Ouray on my own. While looking at possible art classes to attend while I’m there, I discovered this wonderful artist, who works in oils and encaustic (painting with hot wax). Meet the art of Dianna Fritzler.
Painting by Dianna Fritzler
Unfortunately she doesn’t have a class while I’m there, but I enjoyed viewing her website.
In my own art, I get caught up trying to get realistic, so seeing this pastoral scene rendered in cheerful brights feels so refreshing.
I just discovered this intriguing blog: QuirkyArtist. She lives in Sydney and is doing a May project: EDiM….”Every Day in May.” She has a list of topics, one for each day, and participants are making one piece of art for each topic. Like my Fifty at Fifty series, it’s a good way to keep on task, making art whether you feel like it or not. Ultimately quite a satisfying experience. It’s already almost end of May; here’s hoping she does a EDiJ project.
This is one of her watercolors. Check out the blog to see the fun way she put this painting together.