Today is my last day of vacation. I haven’t posted since I faded to black on July 4. Much has happened in the world and in my life since that day, but I will reflect on those things when I officially return from vacation.

Today I want to break my blogging fast by sharing some art that I got to do while traveling.

First, I walked to Bear Creek Park, which is down the street from my sister-in-law’s house, looking to do some plein air watercolor painting. I’m not very experienced with watercolors, so I didn’t know what to expect. A man and woman walked up to me while I was painting and struck up a very pleasant conversation. The man asked if he could take my picture while painting. Turns out that he is a photographer who had recently moved from Washington, D.C. to Denver. Check out his site at Jim Darling Photography.

This is the photo that Jim Darling took of me.

This is the photo that Jim Darling took of me.

This is the painting I was doing when Jim took my picture. 11"x14" watercolor.

This is the painting I was doing when Jim took my picture. 11″x14″ watercolor.

Shortly after I finished this painting, I strolled down the path and did this sketch in my Moleskine sketchbook upstream.

bear-creek-pen-and-ink

Later in the week we visited another sister-in-law and I did this painting in my iPad using the Procreate app. This is the scene you see when standing on her back porch. Nice!

Pine-CO-procreate

Then I exported the drawing as a video (wonderful feature in Procreate), brought it into iMovie on the iPad, and added some music.

My sister-in-law also has two humming-bird feeders on the same porch. Every time we visit I am captivated by the swarm of humming birds. Here’s my favorite photo from this trip.

hummingbird

That’s all the original art I created. However, I was reminded of some old pieces that both of my sisters-in-law keep hung in their houses. I took some photos of them in their current contexts.

oil 16" x 20"

oil 16″ x 20″

oil 16" x 20"

oil 16″ x 20″

oil 11" x 14"

oil 11″ x 14″

oil 24" x 36"

oil 24″ x 36″

We did get to go on a couple hikes. Here’s some pics from that.

Maxwell Falls

Maxwell Falls

My Hiking Crew

My Hiking Crew

Same crew, different spot

Same crew, different spot

Finally, my best works of art (my oldest son wasn’t on the trip with us, but he’s included in the category!)…

kids

Now, we’re home, and tomorrow I get back to work.

home-again

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