Author Archives: Patricia Elser

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.

Flaming Gorge NRA and Dinosaur National Monument

09/21/17 Thursday traveling from Cheyenne, WY to Vernal, UT Cheyenne may be the capital of WY and it is a large city, but we just visited the old Governor’s Mansion there, with new friends we met who also love to … Continue reading

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Fort Robinson State Park, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, and Scott’s Bluff NM

09/18/17 Monday traveling from Custer, SD to Cheyenne, WY Another new state: Nebraska Our first stop in Fort Robinson SP gave us peaks into various historical buildings. All but the office (where we paid our $8 entry fee) were closed … Continue reading

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Wind Cave NP Prairie Walkabout

09/14/17 Thursday in Custer, SD (visiting Cathy and Jim Brickey) Another new experience: walking through the prairie among Bison and Prairie Dogs, not on any designated trail. After making our way through the grasses toward a ravine, we came upon … Continue reading

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Mickelson Trail and Moonshine Gulch Saloon in Rochford, SD

09/13/17 Wednesday in Custer, SD (visiting Cathy and Jim Brickey) Today we took a walk along the Mickelson Trail which goes for 110 miles, even crossing the highway near Jim and Cathy’s house. We chose the area near a couple … Continue reading

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Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park, State Game Lodge, Needles Highway, Needles Eye Tunnel, and Black Hills Geological Museum

09/11/17 to 09/12/17 Monday/Tuesday in Custer, SD (visiting Cathy and Jim Brickey) Some notes from our travel through the North Dakota plains to the South Dakota plains: On our way through North Dakota we noticed fields of sunflowers (for seeds … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

09/09/17 Saturday in Dickinson, MT Breakfast was rather different from the offerings at Fairfield in Montana. Instead of cooked oatmeal, I found creamed gravy for the nearby biscuits. Instead of fluffy scrambled eggs there were eggs that looked like they … Continue reading

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Pompeys Pillar National Monument on the Lewis and Clark Trail

09/08/17 Friday in Billings, MT Today we traveled to Dickenson, ND (our first time in North Dakota), stopping at Pompey’s (POM pees) Pillar outside of Billings. As Lewis and Clark were leaving the West for Washington DC, they planned to … Continue reading

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