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.

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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Verde Valley Javalina and Biosphere 2

10/21/17 Week in Cottonwood, AZ We rested-went out to dinner twice for liver and onions then for prime rib. We read books and social media. The one exciting event was my sighting of a couple of Javelinas (collared peccaries), wild … Continue reading

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Wupatki National Monument

10/15/17 Sunday traveling from Page, AZ to Cottonwood, AZ On our way to the TT Campground Verde Valley, near Cottonwood, we stopped at one of 3 National Monuments that are north of Flagstaff. We’d seen Sunset Crater Volcano and Walnut … Continue reading

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Grand Staircase-Escalante NM, Vermilion Cliffs NM, Wahweep Marina and Glen Canyon Dam (Glen Cyn NRA)

10/13/17 Friday in Page, AZ IN UTAH: Today we ventured into the Grand Staircase-Escalante NM. It’s Escalante name refers to the Dominquez-Escalante (two Catholic priests) expedition to find an overland route from Sante Fe, NM to their mission in Montery, … Continue reading

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