Moving on – to LaPine, OR

9/9/15  (Wednesday) in LaPine, OR (Cascade Meadows RV Resort-ROD)

Easiest moving day ever! Up at 7, dumping the black/gray tanks at 9 and getting our propane by 9:15. Soon on the road, then arriving at 9:40, because we were just 7 miles down US 97. This was so nice to have such a close move when we needed to do those extra projects on our way out: dump and get propane. When we head for Redding, CA it will be a 5-6 hour trip, not on freeways, so rest stops will be trickier. It will be great to just take off early from our site here at Cascade Meadows. This campground has some FHU sites (pull through) and because the season is now slow (after Labor Day), we got one. Beautiful bathrooms and a view of the nearby Cascades. Hardly any trees to speak of (so different from the TT park up the road), so we don’t have shade from the sun but John has his satellite TV and we have 50 amps power, so the A/C should get us through. We’re here to avoid the 100 degree days that Redding will be experiencing for the next week or more.

Once we were set up we read for awhile, then had lunch. John went outside for quiet (I had the sheets washing before lunch, drying after), calling a friend and some relatives. I practiced some aspects of watercolor: pulling a wash and color. Later we took a walk around the campground, returning to our rig for more relaxing.

The Cascades, from our campground.

cascade 2

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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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