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.

Moving Day

8/3/19 – Saturday Justin and his family as well as Joe were vacating their condo this day, heading home. They were on their way by 9:30 am. John and I moved into their place and checked out of ours, since … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Dragon Mouth Springs

8/2/19 – Friday This time we went straight to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (also early, about 9 am), visiting 2 spots. Artist’s Point (I took way too many photos) Along the trail to Sublime Point On the way … Continue reading

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Norris Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley

8/1/19 – Thursday This was another area that John and I had missed, largely due to crowds and no reasonable parking. This time, because again we left around 8 (more like 8:30 am) it was possible. Norris Geyser Basin This … Continue reading

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Diamond P Ranch

7/31/19 – Wednesday Many of us were sun burned and generally exhausted from all our excursions in the park Tuesday so we decided to relax this day. Everyone but myself visited the stores in town (West Yellowstone) while I napped … Continue reading

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Grand Prismatic Spring, Old Faithful, Geysers Hill, Overlook, Firehole Canyon Drive

7/30/19 – Tuesday We were on the road by 8 am, no easy task for 7 people, but worth it because we saw some animals and made it to the Grand Prismatic Spring (and Midway Geiser Basin which includes the … Continue reading

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Grizzly and Wolf Center, Diamond P Ranch and Happy Birthday to Trish

7/29/19 – Monday Since Justin had spent the day before driving, we figured a day in town would be good. Thus we all went to visit the Grizzly and Wolf Center. Since we never saw any grizzlies, coyotes or wolves … Continue reading

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Firehole Canyon Drive

7/28/19 – Sunday Since the rest of our family (Joe, our other son, rode with Justin’s group) wouldn’t arrive until late in the day we decided to scope out Yellowstone National Park and places to see in West Yellowstone. We’ve … Continue reading

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Yellowstone, here we come

7/27/19 – Saturday We’d reserved 2 condos through WorldMark for our family gathering at Yellowstone this year. John was on the Internet the instant we were permitted to reserve our week -13 months before our arrival date. We’d wanted a … Continue reading

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Getting Home

We’d purchased the transfer package from HAL (Holland America Line), so felt confident there’d be no issues, nothing to worry about getting onto our plane for Seattle, then Spokane. HA! It all started with when we could get off the … Continue reading

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Five Days At Sea

5/7/19 – Tuesday until 5/11/19 – Saturday Not only am I going to condense our activities during this time, as I did before, I’d like to note that much of our sea days were spent as they were the last … Continue reading

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