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Pencil and wash sketches

Catching up!

Hi!  Sorry I’ve been quiet for so long, my favorite pastimes of hiking and sketching somehow went lower on my priority list lately.  It’s a process, making a home fit just “so”.
But I did get out for a couple of easier local hikes, and even got some sketching done!

A month ago, I was SO determined to get a sketch in, that I didn’t let a little (downpour!) rain stop me! Hah! Needless to say, any sketches ended up being indecipherable scribbles. 😂
Sketching in the rain!?!
Recently I was able to return to Dingmans Falls when it wasn’t raining and found this lovely tree next to a stream with velvety moss on its roots. Tree with moss roots
And yesterday, returned to a trail first tried last year.  Named Tumbling Waters, it’s on PEEC property, about 3 to 4 miles long, depending if you take the side trail/ steps to the gorgeous falls. (Which we did, of course!)
Hiking with a friend who happens to be a neighbor, who also likes to stop and sketch really enriches the entire experience.
For these, I used a dark wash Derwent pencil, and a small waterbrush to create shadows. This allowed me to get simple with shapes and values. Pencil and wash sketches
And that’s it for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed your summer, in spite of rain or heat or mosquitoes!  Fall is just around the corner with crisp cool (bug free) days. 🍁 🍂

Adams Falls

Ricketts Glen State Park

Just had my first visit to this place, and well, it definitely will not be my last!

Called one of the top hikes of the east,  it’s a lovely mélange of large and small waterfalls, each with its own character, in woods with trees over 300 years old.  Colonel R. Bruce Ricketts named the falls after American Indian tribes, and some after friends and family.

I was lucky to enjoy this trip meeting an online friend in person for the first time.  Not only does she know the Glen well, she very patiently sat while I did a quick sketch or two.  Thank you Elizabeth! I hope to return soon!

Fallen tree across the stream

I wonder how old this tree was, when it gave up and laid across the stream. The swirls in the bark and uneven protrusions give it such character.

Adams Falls

Adams Falls are the easiest falls to get to, and a short distance from the road. Just stunning! I could’ve sat here and enjoyed it all day.