I recently had the opportunity to join other watercolorist for a day of plein aire painting at a nearby ranch. Painting away from the studio is the best way to loosen up the ol’ brush strokes. Besides, the day was beautiful, perfect even. I settled down in the shade along a cove of Cedar Creek Lake and spent as much time watching the turtles and fish go by as I did painting. By the way, prehistoric looking gar fish splashing around can be a pretty good source of entertainment. I wonder what creatures entertained Monet at Giverney or Van Gogh at Arles. Strange to think they felt as much a need for a nature retreat to detox from the industrial world as we sometimes need to escape the digital world
This ranch was recently featured on Animal Planet Tree house Masters. I love this. I could definitely live in a tree house. This one has a full bathroom, a kitchenette, a loft with a queen size bed, a sitting room with leather furniture, and a spiral slide. Yes, a spiral slide; what else does anyone need? Oh, it also has two decks so there really isn’t anything else needed.
My dream is to live in a cabin. It could be in the trees or earth sheltered with a grassy roof. And it would be so artsy that I couldn’t sell it if I wanted to, the kind of place that a realtor would describe as needing a “special” buyer. The garden, whether large or small, would also have unique features like mosaic fountains and outdoor electric trains with miniature villages. I found some great ideas at the Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanic Gardens. The shark tank may be a bit over the top though.
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.