Saturday, September 13, 2008

California Sketches





When I travel, I like to take some art project to work on. If we are going in a car, I can take stamps, markers, tools, etc. If we are flying, I like to take a watercolor palette, pencils, wc paper and a sketch pad. These items don't take up much room and they can entertain me for hours.

We were sightseeing on the first part of our trip and I have plenty of photos to share. The last part of the trip, my husband had a convention at the same location of the CHA winter show in Anaheim, California. We were staying at the Marriott next to the convention center and I had a couple of days where he was working and I was in the room. I could have ventured out into LA traffic, but I don't particularly like Atlanta traffic, so why would I want to get out in that mess? I have already been to Hollywood, etc., and I am not a Disney person, so I relaxed in the room or in the chair by the pool right outside our room.

There were birds of paradise blooming everywhere and they were asking to be painted and I liked the design of the chairs that were in an eating area beside the pool. The light and shadows were interesting so I enjoyed doing that. I think you pay attention to details more if you sit down and sketch. Don't tell me you can't draw.....you don't know until you try and practice! When I was a child I would get the funny papers and draw those. If I get stuck in an airport, it is fun to pull out a pencil and my sketch book and draw away. It is a relaxing thing that I wished I had or took more time to do. At least I had two days of my California trip to relax and sketch. Photos will be coming soon! It was fun, but I am glad to be home.

7 comments:

Inkerbelle said...

Your paintings are absolutely amazing, Holly! I learned so much from you at one of your classes at Stamps and More in Piedmont, SC a few years ago. You are so talented!

Jenny Gropp said...

wow - totally impressed with your drawing and painting. I won't tell you I can't draw--- I am master of stick figures! =)

runningonink said...

WOW these are just awesome paintings! Watercolor is my favorite medium! Becca@AmazingPaperGrace.com is sharing the comment Wealth and I picked you since you picked me! Thanks so much for visiting me!

Shirley said...

Wow! What talent. I am so glad I found your blog. You really must share some of the above too! Beautiful painting and drawing.

Heidi Blankenship said...

Holly, your sketches and watercolor paintings are Beautiful!! I always love seeing your work!! Glad to hear you had a wonderful trip & Welcome back home!

Toni said...

Holly just gorgeous. Love seeing your sketches. Yes I wish we did live closer. We could play all day.

Anonymous said...

You pictures are reminding me to get back to my own watercoloring. :) Practice practice practice. (just recently took some classes)