Saturday, July 11, 2009

Outdoor Watercolor Studies

I apologize for not updating this since I finished my thesis. I've been very busy getting settled again into non-college life. I'm only now starting to get 'settled' a month later! Here are some watercolor studies I did at a local wooded area a couple of weeks ago.

I was sitting by a pond, and there was a beautiful, mossy tree. It's amazing the beauty you don't even realize is there until you start to paint. I even captured a tiny, quick study of a little orange slug.

There's a bit of a heartbreaking story behind this one. I had brought my camera with me, complete with my 200 mm lens, and a great blue heron flew right across the lake and landed on branch out in the open, with nothing behind him but blue sky. Of course, I took out my camera, focused, and... battery died.

I did get one photo of him before it died for good, but I was kicking myself for forgetting to charge my battery. Ah well. At least I was able to capture him with watercolor. He stayed right where he was for about an hour, and was still there when I left. I hope he'll be there the next time I go to paint!