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.

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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Nawiliwili, Kuaui, Hawaii

5/6/19 – Monday By 8:30 am we were meeting with our tour guide for Holland America’s “Wailua River Cruise and Fern Grotto” Tour. Sights at the Grotto – according to Judy many ferns have died because of Hurricanes: Iwa in … Continue reading

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Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

5/5/19 – Sunday You think we’ve been getting up early for our exercises, THIS morning we were up on a top deck at 6 am to watch the sunrise over Honolulu Bay. Our Polynesian Ambassadors celebrated a traditional “Welcome to … Continue reading

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Five Days At Sea

4/30/19 – Tuesday until 5/4/19 – Saturday Now 5 days at sea may seem like a boring proposition. Believe it or not, we were crazy busy and struck that we didn’t have time for all that we wanted to do. … Continue reading

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Pago Pago, American Samoa and American Samoa National Park

4/29/19 – Monday After our exercises and breakfast we could actually walk off the ship at this dock. Boy, was it hot and steamy, that’s why my first photo was like this: We continued on for about a couple miles … Continue reading

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