Thursday, August 4, 2011

TRAVEL SKETCHES FROM BEND!



These are a few of the travel sketches I made while in Bend, Oregon, last week.  I normally don't do plein air painting except when I am traveling.  Having a small watercolor book with me is the perfect way to record the atmosphere of the place you are visiting.  When you slow down and take the time to do a small painting, you will remember not only the visual elements, but you will be able to recall sounds, and conversations, and smells.  When you revisit your little paintings, it will take you right back there.  Somehow, photographs don't have the same power.  It's not about how well you painted....its about imprinting the moment in your memory!

6 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

Myrna, these are just exquisite. I am envious of your talents!

meera said...

Terrific sketches -well painted too :). I still have a hard time with just sketching and not minding how well they are painted!

Sadami said...

Hi,Myrna,
I totally agree with you. And I use quick sketchs of people in order to memorize names instead of my poor memory ability. Once I sketch a person, I perfectly remember who s/he is.
Cheers,Sadami

Myrna Wacknov said...

Autumn, you are kind as ever!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Meera, I know sketch books seem intimidating because you don't want to mess them up with a bad entry. I like ones that you can remove pages!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Sadami, what a brilliant idea! i have a terrible time with remembering names. I am going to try your system.

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