Monday, October 10, 2016

North Cascades by Brush, Twig and Pin

Of our National Parks John Muir said, “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. 
The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
It was my pleasure and privilege to teach a watercolor workshop at the North Cascades Learning Center this past weekend.
We made our own watercolor sketchbooks after dinner on Friday.
On Saturday, there was an epic rainstorm! The rain gauge registered almost 4" between 6 am. and 6pm.

We sketched under the shelter near the library, gathered specimens from the woods and brought them inside to paint. We used twigs from the forest to make ink drawings of local mushrooms gathered by the students in the class next door.

The rain finally stopped so that we could go out Sunday morning and paint the mountain views.


  1. Great sketches and I'm sure a great workshop too!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Joan. It was a great group and wonderful experience!