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.

Spring Cruise on Holland America

3/25-4/01 Sunday – Cruise Medical Center and Visiting Key West (again) , Roatan in Honduras, Santo Tomas de Castilla in Guatemala, and Costa Maya in Mexico (again) TAMPA Our Royal Caribbean cruise ended in Tampa Sunday morning. Unfortunately early on … Continue reading

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Spring Cruise on Royal Caribbean

3/18 to 3/25  starting Sunday- Visiting Key West, Cozumel, Belize City, Costa Maya KEY WEST, FLORIDA Since we’ve been to Key West a couple other times, we decided to walk about 15 blocks down Duval St. to the Butterfly Conservatory, … Continue reading

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A Polo Match at The Villages

3/16/18 Friday in The Villages, Florida Since our last post of Zion National Park we drove lickety split for home, trying to be ahead of a big storm headed for Montana. We also changed our original plans from driving through … Continue reading

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Zion National Park

10/31/17 Tuesday in St. George, UT Happy Halloween!! Just as we explored a different part of the Saguaro NP this time, so we checked out a different part of Zion this time – the East side, along the top of … Continue reading

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DeGrazia Gallery In the Sun

10/28/17 Saturday in Tucson, AZ It looked like we really wouldn’t be able to get parking near the Tucson Art Museum and the Center for Creative Photography, so John dropped me off at the DeGrazia Gallery In the Sun while … Continue reading

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Saguaro National Park (Tucson Mountain – West)

10/25/17 Wednesday in Tucson, AZ We were enjoying a presentation at the Visitor Center on Mountain Lions by a Volunteer Naturalist when the fire alarm went off so he continued his talk outside by the flagpole. This was a hot … Continue reading

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Mission San Xavier

10/24/17 Tuesday in Tucson, AZ We were so fortunate to arrive shortly before the 11 am guided tour, which was far more interesting than if we’d just toured on our own. This Roman Catholic Mission was founded in 1692 by … Continue reading

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