9/21/15  (Monday) in Nicolaus, CA (Lake Minden RV-TT)

First thing after breakfast we took a walk around the lake while it was still decent (high 60’s), then ensconced ourselves in the coach. I did manage to get some light housekeeping done and make the necessary changes in our reservations from our discussion yesterday.


As it got hotter (high of 99) in the afternoon John got comfortable on his couch watching his old TV shows while I went outside to read. The shade was pretty cool, with some breezes, so I was comfortable. A fellow camper drove his car up to the empty site next to us and started talking, was interested in that site. He sure seemed familiar. Later when he came back with his rig, I recognized it as a Winnebago Tour we’d seen at Timothy Lake South (TT) campground. Sure enough, we had met there one afternoon. Even though it was around 100 degrees, the shade was bearable so we all visited for some time. They want our site because of that lovely shade and grass, so we’ll see them in the morning.

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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