Saturday, September 9, 2017

After the Rain

Finally! After more than 50 days without rain, forest fires and smoky, hazy air with ashes from forest fires falling on our heads, we had measurable rain for a few hours today. What a relief!
The fields still look dry with our new record for most consecutive days without measurable precipitation (55 straight), the city’s combined rainfall tally the past two months of just 0.02 inches ties 1914 for the driest July-August on record.
I hopped into the "mobile studio" and drove to a spot across the road from an old barn, shoulder deep in dry grass and right on the flight path to the municipal airport. Here's my initial pencil line work, just one, in my Pentalic Aquajournal and my watercolor set up, using the new color dots from QoR, one of our generous sponsors from the Chicago Urbansketchers Symposium.
Here's my mobile studio setup, trying out the little QoR sample palette.


  1. I like how you captured the plane flying over the barn. Nice!!! I'm glad you finally got some needed rain. Hopefully it has helped the fire conditions a bit.

    1. Thanks, Joan. The plane was serendipitous. As I was sketching, few more planes flew over and I realized I was directly in line with the flight path to the local municipal airport. I love that sketching on location often provides a unique and unplanned addition to my composition.

    2. As far as the wildfires go, we only suffered the side effects compared to the danger that people experienced in British Columbia and Montana. Even though they will need time to recover the loss of property from the fires, I hope they're safe with their loved ones.