|Aug 2012 sketch by Rachael Shores, trip to Nebraska|
|Aug 2012 sketch 2 by Rachael Shores, trip to Nebraska|
These first sketches I did in the car on the 5 hour drive from the airport. If you don’t get car sick this is a fantastic exercise in speed drawing.
|Aug 2012 sketch 3 by Rachael Shores|
This drawing is a compilation of scenes that we drove by. I would draw as fast as I could and then from memory, and then wait till another interesting view came along that I could add onto a hasty line. You learn to see the pattern of the landscape and to recognize how it repeats and how to fit things together.
|Our accommodations, officers’ quarters at Fort Robinson.|
Did I tell you it was a 5 hour drive from the airport? It was a welcomed arrival.
|The vast scenery was beautiful|
My painting partner and I got up early to get the best light for painting. It was pretty easy with our East Coast sleep schedule to wake up early.
|Aug 2012 watercolor sketch by Rachael Shores, trip to Nebraska “Geneva paints at dawn”|
This lighting didn’t last but can you imagine being able to capture this in a painting?
|A pit stop at the gas station gave me the chance to draw a motorcycle. Aug 2012 sketch by Rachael Shores, trip to Nebraska|
|There were plenty of bikes everywhere. It was the famous Sturgis weekend.|
|Can’t see the American Plains without seeing some buffalo. They were so close!|
|Taking a break from painting. See the new coke bottle for my water container? It has it’s own cork. My water cup I borrowed from our cabin.|
|“View from the fishing hole”, 4×6″ watercolor by Rachael Shores|
A postcard is not really the size to capture a horizon like Nebraska. This picture does have the rock at the water’s edge, honest. It’s just too cropped to get that amazing reflection.
For what I didn’t have time to paint I took pictures. I love flowers that glow under the sun.
|purple hills? You had to see it to believe it.|
We also took a trip up to the Badlands in South Dakota. It was one long day of driving. There was too much amazing scenery to fathom so I just took pictures as fast as I could for “later”.
|The rock layers make such a great topography study of the endless hills|
|Aug 2012 India Ink sketch by Rachael Shores, trip to Nebraska “Locust”|
|Ammunition shed at Fort Robinson watercolor sketch by Rachael Shores|
|All the travel left it’s mark on our rental. It’s been a dry year in Nebraska|
All of these paintings were painted without a preliminary sketch. I was hoping the watercolor paint would do it’s thing and imitate such a heavy cloud. I’m still working on that dramatic cloud.
|Watercolor sketch by Rachael Shores, Nebraska trip. Fort Robinson|
The thing to learn about watercolor is to just do it. The color can always be lightened but dark makes instant drama. I’m working on it.
|The basic view for my painting. See how teal that water is?|
|Painting in my prairie dress|
|Mineral Springs, Nebraska by Rachael Shore, watercolor sketch|
|Little pieces of nature to capture. This is a beautifully burst open seed pod.|
|Buddha Gothic 11×17 watercolor by Rachael Shores|