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Appalachian trail marker

Shenandoah – let’s go hiking! (and sketching!)

After arriving at noon, I was able to take in 2 very nice hikes.  Started off with Snead Farm Dickey Ridge loop, 3.6 miles.  Should have been easy, like it was rated, but I was surprised to find myself huffing after a short distance.  I realized we were at an elevation of 2,400’, not what I’m used to, so I just took my time and remembered it’s not a race!  There was hardly anyone else on this trail, which was a great way to enjoy the park and the many views. Lunch had a wonderful view which I have not done justice with this quick sketch. Sorry!

Lunch view fromSnead Farm Dickey Ridge loop

Lunch view from Snead Farm Dickey Ridge loop

Stopped for a quick sketch of these bloodroot flowers, coming out to welcome me!  The half opened leaf wrapped around the stem will open fully soon.
Blood root flower

Got in a second shorter hike, Fox Hollow, which included a cemetery and a pink feather. (cardinal maybe?) Red/ pink feather

The second day, I got out early and beat the crowd to Mary’s Rock.  This hike includes a portion of the Appalachian Trail, so I was happy to get this pic of an AT trail marker with the appropriate headgear. 😉   Appalachian trail marker

 

Sat down at the top and did a few sketches.

View from Mary’s Rock

View from Mary’s Rock

View at Mary’s Rock

View at Mary’s Rock

Also got a second shorter hike in after lunch at Skyland (where I stayed) to Stony Man. This trail was the most crowded and I used the horse trail (no horses on it yet) to go back down, which avoided most of the people.  What can I say? I appreciate the solitude of hiking.

My last scheduled day, Wednesday, was going to rain ALL day, so I checked out early, and caught the view from a few overlooks along my way out, even got another quick sketch in.  Will have to add color later!

Pinnacle overlook

Pinnacle overlook

I definitely would love to return here and complete some more of the 28 (!) hikes I saved! Thank you Shenandoah! 💕

Shenandoah Park map

Shenandoah National Park

Very excited to try some new hiking trails in a National Park that has much natural beauty. Here’s a map for you, I didn’t really know much about it until I started researching hike ideas.

I thought it would be simple to choose a couple trails that suit my ability and provide great views or a waterfall, but I’ve only narrowed it down to 28! And I’ll only have a couple days there!
Oh well, I guess a return visit will be needed. 😉Shenandoah Park map

Hikers shovel

I choose this one!

I’ve decided to give overnight backpacking a serious try.  There’s lots of gear needed, and even gear that you’d prefer not to think about!  (ahem, toilet stuff) One necessary item is a shovel, so I went online to research. After reading these rave reviews, I just knew I had to have this one! 😁. Hikers shovel

Snow covered tree

O flakes of snow…

There’s something about a deep snowfall that makes me want to look deeper and think deep, poetic thoughts. So, here is a poem for you to enjoy with a sketch of my snow covered tree:

Are ye the ghosts of fallen leaves,
O flakes of snow,
For which, through naked trees, the winds
A-mourning go?
Or are ye angels, bearing home
The host unseen
Of truant spirits, to be clad
Again in green?
~John B. Tabb, “Phantoms” Snow covered tree

And, if you missed this on social media, I did this after watching Mary Shelley.  A lovely scene of her writing in her journal: from Mary Shelley

Galápagos tortoise

A virtual trip to the Galapágos

So lucky to travel again! Even if only virtually. *sigh*

This time to the Galapágos with Art Safari’s Mary-Anne.  We worked from hundreds of photos from their previous trips, of sea lions, iguanas, birds and people. I started off with tonal studies learned from my virtual Japan session. Galápagos tortoise

Then looked for the interesting colors of the land iguanas – Galápagos land iguanas

Next lots of curves made by the sea lions.  These were lots of fun to do, and add color to. Galápagos sea lions   Galápagos sea lions 2  Yes, SO much fun! Galápagos sea lions   Galápagos sea lions   Galápagos sea lions   Looking at the lines of the variety of bird species –

Galápagos pelican and booby

Galápagos pelican and blue footed booby

 

Finally, I tried a watercolor only tortoise – no pencil lines first. Not my usual style, but that’s the fun of stretching  your abilities! Galápagos tortoise  Ending with something of a combination of ink lines and loose watercolor. Might be my favorite! Galápagos tortoise

I hope we all can travel this year, even if only virtually! 😘

 

Japan tonal study Cranes

December art – virtual Japan

With more time at home (I know, still!) I’ve managed to keep busy making art.

First was a virtual trip to Japan with Art Safari’s Mary-Anne.  Our small zoom class enjoyed her guidance on Japan culture, people and art.  This inspired me to finally try out a lovely Chinese ink set my cousin gifted to me last year. She has gone to China several years to teach English.  The set includes an ink stick, brushes, and two stone stamps with my name in Chinese.  One stone is made from the Yangtze riverbed. What an amazing gift to treasure, and now has been used for these tonal studies. Japan tonal study  Japan tonal study 2  Japan tonal study 3  Japan tonal study 4

Following up these with a few more tonal studies (I do adore the cranes!) and what I consider a “finished” painting. Although I’m much happier with looser results. Japan tonal study Cranes  Japan crane