January 2, 2009

Visual Memories

Last year, I was wondering at the beginning of the New Year, what will happen, what will it be like? Do you wonder this along with all your plan-making? I know that among any goals or plans comes the surprises which life throws at you. Some are marvelous and some you just live through in the best possible way. I looked back through my sketch book and found places I had been and memories which came back to me as I looked at my sketchbook. One resolve I did make and keep was to carry the same sketchbook with me when I left Denver and record what interested me
I seemed to do a series of landscapes this past year and although this is not land, it is definitely a dogscape. These dogs represent half of the "pack" my sister Krista and her husband own. They are city dogs so one could call this a city scape.

To the right I have a snowy scene from January 2008 in Sunriver Oregon. My husband was attending a workshop on how to build an airplane and I was left to my own devices in a beautiful snow. Each day I tramped through this snow for coffee and to notice people and scenery. Then I returned and drew a number of sketches out the window of our condo.

The following three landscapes are all places above 7,000 ft and in three different mountain ranges in either Central America or the center of the USA.
I was in Solala, Guatemala in February volunteering for HELPS International and working with the Cascade Medical team from Eugene, Oregon. Each day I got an hour away from working in the kitchen I would go to a point which overlooked Lake Atitlan and draw the volcaneos on the other side. I will be returning this February and hope I am able to catch the people which come to the clinic in my drawings.The drawing to the right was done looking at the Collegiate Range in Colorado. This was done the week after returning from the warmth of Guatemala. The snowy range of mountains in Colorado was stunning to experience. In the fall I was in Steamboat, Colorado and the colors of the Aspen were astounding.

The upcoming year promises to bring many more sketches. Meanwhile I love looking at the daily sketches by artists all over the world on http://www.urbansketchers.com/

1 comment:

Joey said...

these are sooo beautiful!


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