Some Un-Photoshopped Watercolor Sketches, June 28, 2010

Cruise three

Cruise Two

Cruise One

Granlibakken cedar

Granlibakken evening

It’s been quite a conference at Lake Tahoe.  I’m here for the International Baccalaureate conference.  I packed my watercolor supplies hoping to create some on-site, plein air sketches.  An abundance of required classes, and several important planning meetings with my campus have all but squeezed out every opportunity.

But . . . I did steal some time.  The one titled “Granlibakken Cedar” I did first, this morning, between breakfast and the first class.  I only had 15 minutes, but there it is.  I also must add that I don’t have Photoshop capability here on my laptop, so the editing of these photos, taken under incandescent lighting conditions, leaves much to be desired.  There is indeed much more color on these pages than what appears on the blogsite.

The three cruise titles I did this afternoon while on a 90-minute cruise around Lake Tahoe.  This is my first attempt to paint snow packs on mountain ranges from life.  As you can see, #1 is very light and tentative, but  by the time I got to #3 I was starting to get a little more bold in color in contrast.  Incidentally, it’s also the first time I tried to paint a lake surface en plein air.

The one titled “Granlibakken Evening” was one I tried after dinner.  The light was fading, and again, I only had about 15 minutes to work on it before being called away to another campus planning meeting.

Thanks for reading.  I’m glad I got to do a little watercolor sketching while out in this beautiful location.  I’m also delighted to be included in International Baccalaureate–it comes to our campus Fall 2011.  I’m excited to take part.  I’ll be teaching the course Theory of Knowledge.

Tomorrow I fly back home and hopefully engage in some plein air work without distractions and interruptions.


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2 Responses to “Some Un-Photoshopped Watercolor Sketches, June 28, 2010”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    The color in all three cruise scenes is soft and gentle but I see the progression you describe. The trees are filled with vigor and color. Enjoy this remarkable opportunity!


    • davidtripp Says:

      I wasn’t able to upload quality images (photo shooting in poor light & no Photoshop to clean it up. The #3 cruise was much, much better than the others.

      As it turned out, that was all I could crank out, and the time was always hurried. I’m now in Reno, waiting to board a plane & return home.

      I can’t wait to get back to watercoloring on a more consistent schedule beginning tomorrow.

      Thanks for your kind observations.


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