We head home tomorrow after a much-appreciated 4-day working getaway to Baltimore, Maryland. (Work for the huz, getaway for me...sad, I know.) Here's the obligatory selfie.
This is my first visit to Baltimore and I've really had fun exploring, photographing, and sketching the inner harber area of town.
For the trip I splurged on a new travel set of Koi watercolors. It contains 24 half-pans, so the whole set measures only 4 X 6". I bought a little booklet of Fluid 140 lb. Cold Press paper to go with it so the whole set-up slips intp a purse or jacket pocket and I'm good to go!
I sketched a few smaller sailboats yeserday and it was even more of a challenge than I anticipated. The constant motion of the boats meant I had to draw quickly...no time for too many details.
The sketching part is coming easier these days but it's still a bit of work for me. When it's time to add color, though, I am one happy girl. That's when I really let go and get lost in the process. I love the subtle nuances of color...the way different colors of light bouce around and affect the appearance of everything around them.
The sailboat above was painted very early in the morning when the sky was still pink and it's reflection made the water appear pink as well. A little later in the day I drew this small grouping in an area where shade produced lots of cool greys hues and little contrast, a very different feel.
Painting a scene is such a personal way to enjoy the beauty around you.
Today I'm meeting up with a dear friend that I hadn't seen in over 20 years. She and her hubby have traveled here from Connecticut for the weekend and I am beside myself with excitement about getting to see them! Can't wait to tell you about it in my next post!
Enjoy your weekend !
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