Beautiful Day For Painting a Tulip

9/7/15  (Monday) in Bend, OR (Bend/Sunriver RV Campground-TT)

Today started out cold (high 30’s) and ended in the low 70’s. Lots of sunshine. I spent the morning with chores, including light housekeeping, blog and preparing for our next WC class. Janet and I got together after lunch, getting to paint with tube paint (burnt umber) this time because our black pan paints were almost gone. The end result was a lovely tulip. Next session will be the Sterling Rose picture, in burnt umber because we don’t have any more black.


I got some exercise walking to and from the lodge for our class and John got some too, walking with me to the lodge then to Roger’s site to plan their golf game tomorrow. As I was returning to our coach I saw a Sterling’s Jay, woodpecker, and a squirrel chasing a starling that flew to a branch just above the squirrel. All in the space of a few minutes. Fun!

The weather was so lovely that we celebrated going for a campground walk after supper. We’re still playing “13” at night-it’s getting to be even with who’s winning.


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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