Early last week, Morgan and the kids and I went down near Colorado Springs to visit Garden of the Gods Park. We had a great time, in spite of it being very, very hot. Giant rocks tend to reflect sunlight and heat, which added to the problem. But we were all troopers and toughed it out (three large bottles of water helped considerably).
We found a good spot for Jacob to climb and the rest of us to sit for a while, and I got out my sketchbook. Drawing rock formations is interesting - there's not much to grab onto visually. Crags and shadows can look like just so many squiggly lines. I did my best, though, and then came home and added colored pencil to it.
I like to draw while out and about, but I often feel pressured to hurry up and finish it already. I don't like to keep people waiting, and I can only listen to the dog whine for so long.
We visited Rocky Mountain National Park on Friday, and there was an additional reason I didn't draw more than one picture - it was freezing. Most of the places we parked weren't really looking directly at any scenic views, so I had to make do with the one spot I was able to draw from the car. It's where we stopped for a "picnic" lunch. In other words, we ate in the car because our hands went numb when we were outside and besides, the picnic benches were buried in snowdrifts.
Right over the ridge to the left of the picnic bench in the drawing is where I took this photo:
I'd like to end up with more finished-looking drawings when I do these quick sketches, instead of just line drawings, but for now this is it. I guess I'd have to get into the habit of carrying watercolors to color while I'm there, or put in marker/colored pencil touches once I get home.
I'm hoping to practice more as the weather gets warmer so I'll be ready for our trip in June.