The past two weeks have sent me out to Colorado and New Mexico. The change of pace, starry nights, and wide horizons did me good.
I spent last week visiting my brother in Colorado. He lives in a really neat log cabin tucked away at the base of the Rockies. I slipped away long enough to do a quick watercolor sketch.
The week prior, I had the opportunity to travel to Northern New Mexico to prepare for a trip I will be taking to the area with students in May. Though it was a very busy few days on the move, I did get to paint from my hotel window in Los Alamos one morning. I loved watching the colors of the hillsides change with the rising sun.
I seldom travel without my watercolor set. Even if I don't have time to use it, at least I know I can if the timing is right. I've used this same Winsor & Newton set for seven or eight years now. It folds up to about the size of a half sandwich, so I can easily keep it with me without much thought or hassle.
Spring hasn't quite hit the Rockies or the painted desert like it has here in the Midwest. It felt great to come home to Redbud blossoms, rich green grass, and cheery daffodils.