California Delta

Whether boating, fishing or camping, there are miles and miles of the river to enjoy in Sacramento, CA. About 5 years ago we had taken a few boating trips to the Delta with our family and some friends and will forever cherish the memories of the time spent here. A great thing about boating on this waterway system is that you could dock your boat and go find a restaurant to eat at then hop back into your boat for more hours of enjoyment. And let me tell you, Sacramento has a lot of really great restaurants! We are up here for a wedding and will enjoy that but we are definitely missing being on the water! I guess we’ll have to plan a trip here in the near future.

There are also acres upon acres of vineyards and wineries. The Sugar Mill is a historic site that has been converted to house many wine makers and you can enjoy tasting as well as picnicking and live bands on the weekend.

#14 Payette Lake

5″x7″ oil on canvas panel

There are so many beautiful areas in the United States and one of my favorites is Payette Lake. While traveling last summer to Boise Idaho, we were told that going up to McCall was a “must see”.  The town of McCall was such a pleasure to walk around with our dogs and there were so many great places to eat and of course, the view was stunning! The lake is a 5330 acre expanse of clean, glacial water at an elevation of approximately 5,000 feet in the forests of  Idaho. An added bonus was to see the lake with the boats harbored as the sun was going down. Here is my impression of the evening scene.

#12 View From The Highway

5″x7″ oil on canvas panel quick study

It had been quite a few years since we’d used our trailer but last summer my husband and I become “empty nesters” and decided to clean it up and take our two Boxers on a road trip to Idaho. We saw beautiful countryside and met quite a few really nice people along the way. Idaho had such amazing landscape and I found myself constantly taking photos from the passenger window as we traveled down the highway. This is an oil sketch of one such scene. 

Iris’

Detail of a 20″ x 30″ watercolor painting. 

Working quickly to finish a painting using watercolor  has never been a strength of mine. I love the intricacy as well as layers of color and detail when working with watercolor. The challenge to myself is to work smaller and quicker but there are certain projects, such as this one, where I need to slow down and take my time getting lost in the process of painting.