En Plein Air

Here are some sketches from my road trip — mostly very fast under-drawings and quick watercolor brushwork over the top, where I am trying to capture such ephemera as sunlight on leaves, clouds before a storm, steaming geysers, or flowing water. A few were longer landscape studies — perhaps an hour. Now that I am at Andrews Experimental Forest, I will be visiting and responding to several Long-Term Reflection sites (a clear cut, a mountain-side timber-thinning followed a controlled burn to simulate natural fires, a gravel-bar formation that appeared in Lookout Creek following a major flood event 14 years ago, and the “Log Decomposition” study site I visited with Fred Swanson the night I arrived). In addition to my writing, I hope to find time for sketching as I visit these sites as well.


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