Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fun, Friends and Fresh Air!

I just returned yesterday from a great week of fun and laughter at my friend Lauren Finn's house in the upper part of Michigan near Lake Michigan. I drove up there with another artist friend Sue Galos, and witnessed the trees becoming more and more colourful the closer we got to our destination.

We enjoyed some lovely crisp weather, perfect for painting outdoors or "plein air". It's always challenging trying to capture the essence of a scene, while coping with changing light and shadow, and wind. But I love it!

Here are some of the sketches I did, using my prismacolor .01 pen, waterbrush and moleskin sketchbook.


  1. Your work is so beautiful! It must be so good for the soul, sitting with the peace and beauty of nature, capturing your memories. I'm climbing right back into Michigan through your lovely paintings. Actually,I've recently fallen in love with Michigan during a trip there with my family, and this just reaffirms it!

  2. always love your watercolors. Jan

  3. These are beautiful - so atmospheric - I feel like I am there. I have been there at this time of the year and these make me feel very nostalgic also. Your colors are great.

  4. Amari, you have got it right, it IS good for the soul! I just love sitting outdoors and painting. I really should do these on better paper, and then I'd have a finished painting and not a sketch!
    Jan, thanks!
    Barb, it really is beautiful there, thanks!