Sunday, September 25, 2011
Sketches from a train...
I am just back from a trip to visit my parents in northern California. When I go to see them, I generally take the train. I do not enjoy flying, and, because we are somewhat off the beaten track, it takes much more effort, often as much or more expense, and often even more time to fly from here to there. I spend a bit less than 24 hours on the train, both going and coming.
There is not much to do on a train, except relax and watch the country go past my window.
I spend the night, and wake up to a new day in a different part of the country.
Between western Colorado and northern California, I pass through some beautiful scenery.
On this trip, I took a very small set of watercolors, and a small sketchbook (4"x5") of watercolor paper.
The sketches I did on the train all look pretty much alike.
I did not spend a great deal of time or effort on any of them. They were done for my pleasure. I did no pre-drawing; no drawing at all, actually (except on the snail, where I added some line work after the sketch was dry.)
I just let the wet colors run together, capturing the early fall colors as they passed by my window.
I read a bit, ate good Amtrak meals, and visited a bit with fellow passengers, many of whom were traveling from California to New York on the train, simply to see the country and relax a bit.
But my favorite part of the train ride this time was painting these tiny little sketches.
I also took some photos, though not many. This cloud-scape is my favorite.
Today I went and picked up artwork for myself and an artist friend at the largest annual Colorado Art exhibit, in Glenwood Springs. My friend was awarded the first place for portraits, and I got the first place award for still-life for my oil painting, "The House Call." The painting also sold, which was another pleasant surprise.
Back to work in the studio tomorrow.... sadly, the weaving elves did not get anything done on my tapestry while I was away!