Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sauk river walk

Yesterday I took a day for myself and drove up to the Sauk River to walk along one of my favorite trails.  I was hoping to find some Lobster Mushrooms, since I had found one there before.  I like these trips into nature because it makes me look at the world a little closer.

I was alone, except for passing a couple of other hikers.
This fell as it is.  Nature's art.
This fungi was either sweaty or was oozing some sort of fluid.
Each leaf is as unique as a grain of sand.
....and in the days ahead this leaf will not look the same.
There were a lot of other mushrooms, I wasn't sure if hey were edible or not.  They are neat to look at though.

The sun shines through the trees the bough extends to the beams
mystery object

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Painting at Lake Chelan

In the last week of September, we had a fabulous 4 day stay at a resort off lake Chelan in the town of Manson.  We had stunning views, sunny weather, and no breeze.  It was ideal for painting. Kate and I brought along our watercolors and sat on the back porch and painted each day. 
Our interpretation of the view from the back porch of our loft. Kate's painting on right, mine's on the left.  Watercolor on paper 16 x 20 inches

First I layered on different washes of ochre, green gold, and blues.Then I went in to try and detail the vegetation, roads, houses, etc.

View from the back porch

I made a series of small paintings on blocks of wood.  I used a watercolor ground on the wood so that the watercolor could stick.  These are the same views repeated over the course of several days.

This is watercolor on paper 4 x 6 inches. Pond

View of the Pond