This is my latest watercolor, "Mule Ears in Spring Colors, Big Bend National Park" I love the shape of this unusual mountain and all the colors desert landscapes have, especially in the Spring. Another thing about deserts is how distant hills can look as soft as velvet even among the rocks and spiky plants. Well, and desert skies are the best. Below are some photos I took at Big Bend as inspiration for other paintings.
I completed this watercolor a few days ago and it's a bit of a blast from the past. We took a hike to the top of Dedza Mountain which is in central Malawi, just south of Lilongwe. Dedza is one of my favorite towns, and the view from the mountain was beautiful. On clear days Lake Malawi can be seen. On just about any day the nearby mountains of Mozambique are easy to see.
So how does a watercolor of cabbage and radishes remind me of one of my most favorite days ever? This favorite day goes back almost two years ago. My daughter was spending a semester abroad at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England so Jeff and I went to visit her. She took the train down to meet us in London for a few days of site seeing. We then took the train to Grantham and got the grand tour of her school and new home town. Even though it was March in England, the sun was shining and the daffodils were in full bloom. Elizabeth took us to the farmer's market, the local cathedral for a pot of tea, the park for a stroll along the river, and later to Sir Isaac Newtons house. Through the years we took her to many interesting places, but this was the first time she was in charge of the day. She was leading us to new places and adventures. The cabbages from the farmers market remind me of a wonderful day with our now grown up daughter.
I'm finally settled into my new studio after a very hectic Fall and holiday season. I continued to teach k-12 art in Granger (near Austin) and commuted over 500 miles round trip every weekend to visit my husband Jeff who had recently taken a new position in the wilds of west Texas. That exhausting schedule couldn't last forever so I sadly said good bye to my colleagues and students at Granger. I now live in the town of Blackwell, halfway between San Angelo and Abilene. Jeff put together a new desk for me and built bookshelves. I'm thrilled to have everything organized and no longer in plastic tubs. The studio cats, Honey and Effie have made themselves at home.
I am an artist who specializes in watercolors. I also love to travel and find inspiration in those special places and with the interesting people I meet along the way.