Borges Ranch Barn, Ink & watercolor, 7x5"

Borges Ranch Barn, Ink & watercolor, 7x5"

After waking up way too early and having loads of extra time before I needed to leave for my plain air painting session today, I somehow managed to get late anyway. When I finally got to our meeting place—Borges Ranch on the Shell Ridge Open Space in Walnut Creek—I decided to leave my easel and acrylics in the car and hike the ridge trail with my sketchbook, watercolor kit and camera.Then when I was heading back for the critique, I stopped at the barn and painted the quick sketch above.

Often when I’m plein air painting I’m jealous of all the people who are enjoying the day by hiking the hills instead of standing in one spot trying to capture all the abundant nature in two dimensions on a little piece of canvas. So this time I joined them and it was heavenly. After exploring for an hour or so I found a spot on the trail beside a large muddy pond where I sat and painted the picture below. It doesn’t make sense as a picture but when I look at it I can hear the buzzing bees (must have been a hive in a nearby tree), the birds chirping, and can feel the warm sun shining on me.

Warm sun, buzzing bees, a pond, a cyclist

Warm sun, buzzing bees, a pond, a cyclist

This was the first sketch in my new journal with the Legion Multimedia paper. It’s a dream to sketch on; the pen slides right along. The paper is nicely sized and while it won’t take the abuse that Arches cold press will, it does hold up pretty well as long as you don’t try to do more than 2 or 3 layers. This slight limitation will hopefully me keep me moving on to the next sketch instead of overworking one to death.

After the critique (and my lunch) it was mealtime for the farm animals and I couldn’t get any of their attention. This guy looked at me like I was really annoying.

Borges sheep chowing down

Borges sheep chowing down

Only the rooster seemed to have places to go and things to do.

Borges Rooster

Borges Rooster

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  1. I think you’ve “nailed it” on this trip, Jana. Great walking and quick sketching that “means something” to you later.
    Now…can you bottle that and send me a case, please?

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  2. Looks like you had another grand day out!

    Gotta say that I like the Rooster photo. He looks like he is on a mission – and I don’t want to think what it is!

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  3. Jana, I love the sketches and I agree with Dinahmow and Sherry– This seems like a wonderful day for you, and you really found the right combo of walking and sketching to fit you perfectly and put you in the NOW moment. I have only been able to do that, myself, a very few times, but each time it made for a day that seemed so complete.
    annie

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  4. Dear Jana I enjoy exactly the same feelings in my backyard.The difference is that you are a great artist and you are able to share them with us.Thank you daer Jana!

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  5. I have done many sketches that only I can fully understand and they are all my favorites! These are great! And I love the look the sheep is giving you, he seems to be saying…can’t you see I’m eating!

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  6. I really enjoy your sketches. You have really captured the feeling of sun on your back spring in the air. Good color and light.

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  7. Wonderful warm sketches, Jana! I love the photos as well, are you going to paint the rooster? He is such a character in your photo. Sounds like you had a very nice day there.

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  8. Dear Jana, Very great works! You have really captured the feeling of sun on your back spring in the air, I like it.

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  9. Hey, you were in my ‘hood! I haven’t been to Borges Ranch yet though so thanks for the tip.

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  11. Sounds like a wonderful day, Jana, and I fell in love with your barn sketch!

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