En Plein Air – Watercolor Pencils

Art, En Plein Air, Watercolor Pencils

Here we are at week 10 of studying the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was raining this day. We sat under the porch and I used watercolor pencils. I love the combination of pencil lines and looseness I can play with in using this medium. Pastels and rain do not mix. Talk about leaving the cake out in the rain. This was just fun to do. 11 x 14 watercolor pencil

En Plein Air – Rain Today

Art, En Plein Air, Pastel



Rain Today on Sharp Top and Flat Top – The Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Mountains Week 7. Sharp top of the Peaks of Otter is the main character here. Creating art is a form of bravery. When it started to rain on those mountains and all the other scenery was punched forward it was a question of HOW to MAKE that happen in my painting. I had the mountains sketched in, they weren’t working. I could wait until the rain passed or….I could swipe over the mountains and make it rain. 11″ x 14″ Pastel on Sabretooth

En Plein Air – What do the mountains want to look like today?

Art, En Plein Air, Pastel


Study, Week 3 of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’ve panned left some and zoomed out. Of course it is in my mind’s eye. I’ve included the small lake on the left and flat top is making his appearance. I started with a complimentary under painting of reds, oranges and purples. That day, the mountains wanted to be grayish. Hot day. Sun burned. So worth it. 11″ x 14″ Pastel on Sabretooth