Yosemite

Half Dome in YosemiteYesterday was my co-workers birthday, so I painted him a birthday card. The painting is  a view of Half Dome across the Ahwahnee Meadow in Yosemite and is actually based on a photo that my co-worker took, which he found very touching. It was a fun card to give 🙂

Media: Gouache paints on watercolor paper.

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Patagonia

Perito Moreno Glacier

On Sunday, I got back from an amazing two-week vacation to Argentina. The first stop on our trip was Patagonia to see the natural beauty of the country’s southernmost region. We camped for six nights in total, hiked many, many miles, and saw some of the most glorious views imaginable: massive blue glaciers, soaring peaks, and even the endangered huemul, a deer-like creature native to Patagonia, of which there are only 350 to 600 left in the world.

Jim at Perito Moreno Glacier Jeanne at Perito Moreno GlacierUs In Patagonia Patagonian Countryside Mount Fitz Roy Piedras Blancas Our Camp

Glaciar Grande The Endangered HuemulEmpanada de Cordero Leaving Patagonia

Day 354: Torres del Paine

Torres del PaineOn Wednesday, I made this little drawing of Torres del Paine in Patagonia. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet, but Jim and I booked our tickets for a trip to South America in February. We’ll be spending 10 nights in Patagonia and three nights in Buenos Aires.  We’re so excited!

Jim thought it was weird that I drew these mountains since we probably won’t be seeing them when we’re in Patagonia. Instead we’ll be doing our hiking on Fitz Roy and then also doing some day trips to Perito Moreno Glacier and the Viedma Glacier. I can’t wait!

Day 214: Mountain Range

Mountains

On Wednesday, I made some more mountains. I guess I’ve got mountains on my mind because Jim and I are headed to Yosemite in two weeks to do some serious hiking. I’m super excited and also a little scared because on the first day we’re hiking up the Snow Creek Falls trail, which involves hiking up 2600 feet in 1.7 miles. That basically means we’re scaling two Sears Towers. Eek!

Day 86: Desert

Old Desert Home

Desert Mountain

Old Desert Gas Station

Decaying Doorway

We took a drive around some lonely desert roads this afternoon, and I managed to get a few good shots of some mountains and deserted buildings. Photographing the buildings was especially fun for me. I guess I like the idea of documenting how these structures—homes or gas stations that were once very important to people—have slowly decayed and returned to nature.

Day 60: Moutain Scene

Mountain Scene Drawing

Today I drew what I’ll call a scratchy drawing of a mountain scene. It only took me about 15 minutes, which was kinda nice because I’m feeling a bit under the weather today. It’s also nice because now I know I can do a scratchy landscape drawing quickly on days when I don’t have much time. Yay!