adventures in the real world

Seattle Plein Air = artists who enjoy painting and sketching in the real world. Here we share the adventure!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Pt. Reyes Vineyards - Summer Rain!

(Watercolors on 12" x 16" waterboard) 

Took a day trip up to Pt Reyes with my wife. It's normally about a 45 minute drive ... unless there's RAIN..... which makes it that much more dangerous when driving through Lucas Valley's curvy roads. Luckily it rained only the first part of the day... which allowed me to park and set up.

During this type of weather I'll have to find some coverage.... in this case my SUV trunk door! As for views, the options are limited by the fog and misty air. I walked around and scoped the area.... off to the distance I spotted a barn.... and a truck loaded with hay!

Usually around this time I have to work fast because of the summer heat.... but working wet on wet with these low temperatures requires some patience to allow the watercolors to dry. I've always had a hard time approaching misty skies and usually over-work the painting.... but I think I captured the atmosphere and how the day felt from Sunday's paintout :)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Waiting for Husband

I went with my husband to visit the man making him a very large machine for his woodworking business.  The man's shop is filled with stuff and boxes and more stuff.  I had to limit what I sketched, but I still think I overdid it.  It's kind of a jumble, but it makes the point.  
This machine is all straight lines and angles and today I couldn't draw a straight line if my life depended on it.
This is a pen and ink sketch with a little watercolor.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

At the Water Tower

Occasionally at work, I drive the water truck.  I sketched it while refilling the tank.  A very quick and simple drawing using my fountain pen with Noodler's ink and a little water color.