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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Creeks and Such

I've been working the past few weeks on a full sheet watercolor of a mountain creek. It has turned out to be an ambitious project, and I've been at several "Oh S..." points on the painting, if you know what I mean! Tonight I was thinking of how I miss all my "blogland" friends and thought of this simple little WC sketch I did nearly two years ago -- much smaller than what I'm working on now, but still...

IF this monster turns out okay I'll share it with you guys.
IF you NEVER see it, well, you'll know that I've carried it down to the creek for a good ole Southern-style baptism ... 'nuff said.

I miss simple sketching. There has to be a way to find time to do both! Posted by Picasa

26 comments:

Bonny said...

Linda we've missed you too!
This watercolour is so serene, I can just imagine myself sitting on one of those larger rocks, being quiet and drinking in the calmness, listening to the sounds of the water.Then a bird calling out to it's mate breaks into my contemplation. The sudden silver splash of a fish jumping to catch a fly that buzzed too close to the water's surface reminds me it's time for lunch. Reluctantly I leave this magical world behind me as I slowly get drawn back into the real life awaiting me further down the path.

annie said...

Linda, it's true...you've been missed! I was thinking tonight as I read blogs that I was going to leave a comment asking where in the world you have been!

I already like your creek watercolor as it is. If it ends up in the creek, well Southern style baptisms in the creek are also a thing of beauty! So either way, the picture is lovely!

Julie Oakley said...

Gorgeous watercolour. I think even if you are working on something big it's worth considering doing some very short sketches, just to loosen up (and to satisfy your fans!) Maybe taking far less time than you would normally take for a quickie - no more than five minutes maybe.

Laura said...

I agree with Julie, Linda---keeping at the quick things helps make the bigger things go more smoothly. Of course, I WOULD vote for more sketches, wouldn't I? It's because I miss seeing all your amazing, frequent sketches!

Lin said...

And you've been SO MISSED, cara mia!!!! Your 'simple' watercolor is absolutely mouth-wateringly gorgeous!! Such color, details, depth!!!! WOWZA!!!!!!!!! Nothing simple here my friend -- it's glorious!

Deb said...

Beautiful watercolor. Gorgeous greens and lovely darks.

Diahn said...

Oh, Linda - I love the rocks in this one - they just look so inviting and warm. I think it is beautiful! And you have definitely been missed - both in cyberspace and in real life - I am so ready to head back out with you and sketch together!!

Anonymous said...

We DID miss you Linda!! so happy to see and hear from you. Love this one-those rocks are perfect!

Hurry back!

Felicity said...

Add me to your fan club!! This is just beautiful, I love the earthy colours. And I agree, do some small, quick things - partly to keep us happy :) and partly because it will keep your energy and enthusiasm up.

janey said...

If the new one is anything like this, well no baptism there. This is beautiful. It's very quiet but you can feel the life that's all around.

Karen at Pen in Hand said...

There's nothing left to say. I agree with everyone!

zephyr said...

another voice in the chorus of praise and cheering for more of your sketches...this is beautiful...and i hope your work in progress brings a measure of satisfaction for you

Cin said...

the colors in this are wonderful! this is a quick sketch!? yep, me too, voting for more!

Terri said...

Ah so you've taken on an ambitious project. No matter how it comes out, you will be a winner. I'm really hoping we get to see it as it sounds wonderful and if your work here is anything to go by, I'm sure it will be STUNNING!!

quotidian said...

Hey Linda!
I was in Door County recently, and I saw a lot of these images there. Thanks for reminding me of that great weekend...and for making me wish I spent more time there! :(

Sioux said...

Oh, Linda, this is absolutely beautiful. Missed you and glad you're back.

Oh, and yes, that is the same Gus!

Penny said...

Linda this is superb, I really look foreward to the big one.
Getting time to really do what one wants isnt easy is it!

AnastasiaC said...

this is just beautiful!!

Sue said...

Can't wait to see "THE PROJECT" which could become, in it's way, rather daunting, couldn't it? Sorry, but your BIG PIcTURE is going to as wonderful as your smaller projects there IS no doubt.

Zee said...

It's lovely, Linda! :)
Been a while since I stopped by... so glad I did.

I'm entranced by your magnolia painting. WOW!

Robin N said...

I am glad that it is only the fact that you have been painting and nothing more. A full size sheet of wc is not to be put aside. You must create "art" and occasionally put the sketching aside. You are amoungst friends that understand.

Jana Bouc said...

Hi. Your work is beautiful! I love all the wonderful colors and shapes in the rocks. And I know what you mean about how frustrating it is to have to choose sketching or painting. I've been struggling with the opposite side of the dilemna. I've been doing daily sketches and watercolors and posting to my blog but have had no time left for doing big paintings, which is all I used to do. There's got to be a way to do both!

Carolyn said...

I hope the painting works out for you, because I'm curious. Even if you don't get it on the first try, I think a failed effort could be useful if you use it to rework the painting.

Arty Velarde said...

iT'S beautiful! nice, simple and JUICY.
Thanks for commenting on my blog too! Lydia

Rrramone said...

It's beautiful.

bdelpesco said...

Wow, Linda, This is just exquisite! Lovely, lovely!