I love traveling. The cultural experiences, historical sites and food of any region attract me but the landscape is always a central part of any trip. Whether it’s a hike, a boat cruise, a Sunday drive or a walking tour, getting out and seeing the local scenery is a top priority. My visit to Arizona last week was no exception.
I took my handy travel watercolor color kit in my carry-on and began sketching impressions from the airplane on the way into Phoenix. From Phoenix to Arcosanti to Sedona and back, a few days in the desert and I was in love. The colors, shifting dramatically with sunlight and shadow, were amazing. From the flat land to the canyons, I soaked in the beauty of Saguaro cacti and Palo Verde trees, Prickly Pears and Manzanita. I arrived just after monsoon season which accounted for fleeting green hues of the hills and valleys.
Sketching from nature while traveling is important to me. I tend to internalize the feelings of a place more deeply than I would through a photo or journal. The colors and shapes of the landscapes I visit tend to percolate into other work that follows.