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. 😉
Buddha sits in an east corner here, and I keep a small bowl of coins and pebbles from my travels next to him. Hotei, as he is also known, is a symbol of happiness, journeys and good fortune. Be sure to rub his belly for good luck! 🍀
This has a special place on the mantel, decided to do a quick sketch with some color thrown on. Ganesha is the elephant-headed Hindu deity. Described as chubby, gentle and wise, he is the remover of obstacles.
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
Or are ye angels, bearing home
The host unseen
Of truant spirits, to be clad
Again in green?
~John B. Tabb, “Phantoms”
And, if you missed this on social media, I did this after watching Mary Shelley. A lovely scene of her writing in her journal:
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.
Then looked for the interesting colors of the land iguanas –
Next lots of curves made by the sea lions. These were lots of fun to do, and add color to. Yes, SO much fun! Looking at the lines of the variety of bird species –
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! Ending with something of a combination of ink lines and loose watercolor. Might be my favorite!
I hope we all can travel this year, even if only virtually! 😘
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.
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.
Are you looking forward to a new start in the new year? I think we’re all hoping for better times.
2021 is just around the corner, and I’ve got a very limited supply of calendars! These calendars are 8.5×11, and are filled with sketches from my trip to New Zealand and some of my favorite quotes! All pages are sturdy cardstock, with white wire binding and a hole for hanging.
These calendars are $16 each. Order soon, as supplies are limited!
After car camping with a friend in the Adirondacks last month, I knew I wanted to return and try it alone. So recently, after a very spur of the moment decision, I made camp reservations for 2 nights near Lake Placid. Planning solo made me much more cautious about what I needed and what to bring. Also, even though the days would be warm and sunny, it was going to be cold at night.
On the drive up, the views were so gorgeous, as the trees were just beginning to wear their autumn colors. Stopped near Tupper Lake for a quick sketch.
A tiny island in Tupper Lake
I arrived to camp late afternoon, with just enough time for a quick walk at High Falls Gorge. Yes, it costs $, is very touristy and only a mile long, but it really packs a powerful experience in that short walk.
The next day, my plan was to hopefully find a waterfall that I was fortunate to experience in my early twenties. Back then, three others and myself hiked to the top on a hot summer day and swam in pools at the top. It was such a perfect event that I have always wanted to return, but didn’t know the name or even where exactly it was. I was told Roaring Brook Falls sounded like what I was looking for. (Thanks Jamey!) And it was!
After parking, as I followed the sign for the top of the falls, each step made me more sure that this was the place. At the top, there were the pools we swam in, and there was the view! Wow.
I sat and sketched, and then did the short walk to the bottom of the falls. Not much water right now, but the memories were as crystal clear as the water.
Sketched while relaxing at the top, color added at home. The view of Mount Marcy was an added surprise!
Top of Roaring Brook Falls looking back. The water was crystal clear, not at all how my sketch ended up!
Roaring Brook Falls – at the base
It was quite cold (yes, 30°!) the first night, but I doubled up on nightclothes and was plenty warm the second night.
It was an easy hike and I’m so happy to have found it again!