"Across the Valley"
For "Across the Valley" I used a the sketch below as
a reference to paint from. The sketch was done high
up a logging road on a cold winters day. Backing the
truck into a small meadow, I could sit in the trunk with my
little set of watercolours and a cup of water with the entire
valley unfolding in front of me. Magical!
I adore watercolours for their portability, and often take
them with me on travels. There is now quite a collection
of quick sketches from all over the world in my sketchbooks.
It's striking how just a glance at a page instantly invokes
vivid memories of specific places and occasions.
Once, in a museum, I saw pages from James Whistler's sketchbook.
It was dense with acute observations of the English countryside.
Absolutely gorgeous and compelling.