Thursday, December 31, 2015

Reflections On Woods Canyon

Reflections on the creek running down Woods Canyon, Sedona - another page from my Arizona travel sketchbook.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Red Rock Beach

A travel sketch of boulders and sky reflections at Red Rock Beach. This is in the lower section of Sedona's Woods Canyon Trail

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

On Submarine Rock

In this foreshortened view of Submarine Rock, looking toward west Sedona and Coffee Pot Rock, that pinky-orange color known as "Sedona Red" got lost.  Tough to capture, camera and watercolors tend to go too far in either direction, between red and yellow. As for the foreshortening itself, to get a sense of scale, imagine the greenery on the rock to be the height of an average human.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Broken Arrow Trail

The Broken Arrow Trail is heavily traveled and parallels a jeep road out to Submarine Rock and Chicken Point. The popularity of this route is deserved, given the continuous scenic views interspersed with intimate passages through the forest. This is the second Sedona scene from my Arizona travel sketchbook.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Bell Rock Loop at Sunset

After four days of hiking, scenes from Sedona are beginning to make their appearance in my Arizona travel sketchbook. In this view at sunset, the foot traffic around Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte have been chased away as blue shadows pool across the flats and begin to flood the high ground.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

North from the Fortress

A watercolor sketch of the view looking north from the highest point on Elephant Mountain Trail, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Cave Creek, Arizona.

Elephant Mountain North

Climbing the trail up the north side of Elephant Mountain, the trunk being the peak in the upper right corner, this is yet another page out of the travel sketchbook. 

Desert foothill hiking on overcast days is very comfortable, but the real treat is when sun breaks through the clouds* sending patches of light that scan across Earth's contours, as if an almighty being were seeking something with its celestial flashlight.

*"Sun Through Clouds" piano instrumental by Matthew Morgan - thank you for the inspiration.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Travel Sketch from Sidewinder Trail

This is another sketch from my AZ travels - a view from one of the higher elevations on Sidewinder Trail in the Sonoran Desert Preserve.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Desert Broomrape

This travel sketch is from a February 2014 hike in the Spur Cross Ranch where Cooper's broomrape was found peeking out of the rocks along the trail. The four variations of Desert broomrape are all leafless, parasitic plants that live on the roots of native flora and are sometimes known by the more descriptive name of "burroweed strangler".

Friday, December 4, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Traveling Sketches from Arizona

Thanksgiving in Arizona, spending time with family and hiking in the foothills carrying camera, sketchbook, pencil, and watercolors. The first page of the book is a view of Spur Cross Road, traveling north into the foothills, where conservation groups and land trusts have managed to preserve some of the best hiking trails in the Phoenix area. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Sugar Pumpkin Baby

Happy Halloween!
. . . a sugar pumpkin from the local organic farm, Shortt's Farm and Garden, in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Pulled out my old carving tools this morning and let the paint brushes sleep in.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Celestial Safety Net

Celestial safety net of clouds
a billowy comforter,
bestowing sweet dreams
upon earthly beings.

Back to Goose Island, on the Connecticut River, in Old Saybrook, the same glorious sunset that's appeared in the last several paintings. This painting is smaller, 12 3/4" x 10 3/4", created to fit a bodacious frame gifted to me by a very good friend. 

And a sneak peek of the frame, before the years of gray were cleaned from it's gold leaf details . . .

Questions, comments, and inquiries are welcome!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Goose Island September Sunset

I'm continuously amazed at the interactions of light and water, especially light expressing itself as color through the vapor of clouds, or sliding over the convex/concave play of surface contours. Even the way frozen water refuses or ignores light, throwing back blinding white or revealing soul-chilling abysmal black.

This painting, finished and signed today, is a 22" x 29" acrylic on cold pressed watercolor stock. Reference photos were taken during a mid-September kayak excursion around Goose Island, on the Connecticut River, off Old Saybrook. 

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Thank you for taking the time to view my "gallery" of a blog. I hope you enjoyed what you saw and were able to glean a bit of inspiration from the experience.
 - Nancy Boudreau

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Goose Island

A glorious evening in September kayaking around Goose Island, celebrating the last day of summer watching the murmuration of tree swallows.

This is an 18" x 24" acrylic painting on paper, referencing a recent kayaking trip to an island on the Connecticut River off Old Saybrook.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Charon on Ball Pond

As night approaches
a lone boatman 
ferries across Ball Pond
the end of day
and summer.

This is an 18" x 24" acrylic painting on paper, depicting nightfall on Ball Pond in Danbury, Connecticut. The lone boatman paddling across the darkening water, reminds me of Charon of the Greeks Myths, ferrying souls across the River Styx.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Is That You On The Bantam River?

Not sure who these paddlers were, but that smile could  be seen a mile away -  a smile to make a dentist proud. Remembering a happy day paddling on the Bantam River this past summer. Gonna miss those days.

This is an 18" x 24" acrylic painting on paper.