Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Nataly vs. The Imaginary Lion

Hey friends!

I have been wanting to do some plein air painting for a while now, and I finally found some time. Last Friday I set out to hike back in the canyon at Skyline, but it turns out hiking by yourself is super scary. There was just all kinds of shit rustling in the bushes which was probably just birds and squirrels, but I just couldn't not picture a mountain lion hunting me. I picked up a good sized rock for a while but then I started thinking that no rock is going to help me win a fight with a mountain lion, seeing as I can't even hold my own against my human sister. But I kept hiking farther back in the canyon and imagining how it would feel to have a mountain lion dig it's fangs or whatever their teeth are called into the flesh of my calves and eventually I decided to turn back.

I settled for a less interesting spot in a sort of open valley where there was a family playing airsoft close enough to hear my screams if the mountain lion happened to follow me out of the canyon. A friend has since recommended I buy some mace for my next solo hike.

These are my first attempts at plein air painting. So far it has been great practice and I've really enjoyed myself. The weather has been pretty wonderful and I packed some snacks and made a sweet playlist of soundtracks from all the Quentin Tarantino movies. It was nice to get out of the house to work, I don't have the most Feng Shui studio situation in our one bedroom apartment so it's been a good change of pace.

Skyline Jan 4; Watercolor 2013

My Little Painting Spot

Clay Canyon Park Jan 8; Watercolor, 2013

And here's a random lady doodle from my sketchbook:

Pink Lady; Colored Pencil, 2013

Thanks for stopping by!

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