Errand Day

9/30/15  (Wednesday) in Manteca, CA (Turtle Beach Resort -TT)

Our big excitement for today: getting mail (watertight watercolor palette from and grocery shopping at Safeway. We watched taped TV shows after lunch (John is rubbing off on me), then I drew while John watched his old TV shows until supper. I enjoyed (notice John is now feeling comfortable not coming with me) a lovely walk on a levee/ledge that has such beautiful evening scenes. Each time it’s a different experience. Last night I saw flowers I hadn’t noticed before, tonight I saw a rainbow-its beginning and end. It was so cloudy I didn’t think I’d see anything special, but this was most special. Hard to catch an image of anything well with such low light and a phone camera. The last is what I saw as I turned back for home. These walks are great not just for one’s body, but also for their spirit.

flowers 1

Angel Trumpets

sunset 1 sunset 2 sunset 3

As I’ve noted before, we’re still playing cards at night, before bedtime. This time we decided to do something different, Mille Bornes. I could just feel the new tracks my neurons had to find for this different game.


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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