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5/21/14 Wednesday in East Otto, NY (Allegheny Mountain-ROD)

Quiet day-I slept in, it rained. We watched TV/worked on computers until we took a good walk to the office to ask a couple questions, then back (no rain!) to attend to some business. Our afternoon was even quieter: more TV, more computer efforts. Considered what we’ll check out at Niagara Falls. We’ll have 12 days there. Little rain, time to get out and walk some more. Coming back on my walk I got to talking with our neighbors on the other side of us. Lovely couple (Kathie and Dave), so soon John joined us until supper time. We split for supper, then joined around their campfire. Friends of theirs stopped by (Joe, Raylynn and their daughter Madison). They are camped just on the other side of Kathie and Dave. What fun! Joe is a Bankruptcy attorney so he and I talked shop awhile, to the chagrin of the others. We got off that topic eventually and soon the thunder, lightening and rain came up, so we gathered under their awning. Madison was scared of the lightening but Dave kept her entertained. Dave and Kathie shared their home made chocolate (almond extract) cherry (extract) wine. Mmmm-the best. Bedtime came too soon, but Joe and his family needed to get back home because they had to work and we needed to get up to travel as soon as we can tomorrow. We are concerned about the number of sites available, what with the holiday weekend and all.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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