Today I really wanted to go to the "Living Desert" park, but it is too breezy and cool right now. the Living Desert is a little zoo and also a nature park with arboretum desert-style, with wonderful little paths to explore. I love that place. It is a wonderful photo-op place, but with the breeze blowing plants, the pictures may not come out very good.
So, we are doing the vacation thing - doodling around. I put up one of my photos on the computer and did a quick study here. I'm trying to use the side of the square pastel sticks to suggest the plants. It is challenging to do a curved shape this way. The yucca plants at the bottom have triangular shapes to their leaves, but they have a slight curve to it. The cholla in the middle of the picture was really hard. They are full of spines which give them a fuzzy look, but the plant has curved branches. Maybe with more practise and experimentation I can be successful at how I want it to look.
Welcome to my art blog! This is where I share my explorations and learning experiences in pastel, watercolor and oil painting. I have had this blog for about six or more years. I am currently entering many national and regional juried art shows. I have a website and sell my work from there as well. I started a group called Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters a year ago and it has grown to about 40 active painters! Each year brings new challenges and exciting opportunities. I have made many friends among other art bloggers and enjoy visiting their blogs. I hope you enjoy your visit here, and click on the links to my website and the plein air painters to see more!