|10 1/2" x 2" Franklin's Garden|
|Jim busy "smudging"|
|with some new friends|
So all these years later, it was not only fun to catch up but compare techniques and ideas. He had generously bought me a box of watercolour crayons. These are softer and more vibrant than watercolor pencils and amped up my usual muted wash. So in addition to catching up I tried something new and came home full of ideas and enthusiasm for filling sketchbooks.
We encamped and did three sketches, of increasingly larger sketchbooks, from the same location. That was an interesting exercise in itself and always fun to compare what we chose to portray. I focused on the landform while Jim (lower sketch) dove into the colour and texture of the perennials in the foreground.