Tuesday, June 8, 2010

river vignette 2 – the Pecos

Just a general note...the sketches that accompany these vignettes do not illustrate that particular moment or even reflect that particular river. I rarely had time to sit and do a sketch even though I brought my sketchbook and colored pencils with me nearly every time and even when I did sit down to draw, I rarely had the time to finish a sketch before I had some chore to do so most of them are just quick studies and are unfinished.

Everett Canyon is a beautiful spot, one of my favorites. At the river it is bare limestone with a small ledge for setting up camp. Deeper in, there are springs and pools that form natural little bathtubs all connected. Trees and shrubs grow along the edges. There is also a spring that issues out high up on the canyon wall so that it makes a natural little shower. Maidenhairs and other ferns blanket the limestone. Though it had rained earlier, I opt not to sleep in the tent since the sky is clear. The moon is waxing towards full and rises above the canyon wall as I drift off.


  1. Hi Ellen,

    You are so talented. I think you have so much going on, it's difficult to choose what you really want to do.

    I just got back from a camping trip with my kids. It was fun? It was fun. It was fun! I'm still working on my reaction to it... It was hard work and wet and two tornado warnings sent us to the bathroom at 11 pm and 3 am. All that drama in the sky and I don't have even one sketch to show for it.

  2. Lovely vignette. I wonder if I'll ever sleep outdoors again? We camped a lot early in our marriage... Our new swing makes into a little hammock type thing - maybe I'll sleep out there one night!

  3. Hope you're not ticked at me for my pushy post yesterday. I was in a snit so I will use that as my excuse. Plus, I always appreciate a kick in the rear when I feel overwhelmed, it usually pisses me off enough to end the melancholy.
    Wow, I haven't slept out under the stars in years.....that's a do to thing, soon. Thanks for the inspiration. The Olde Bagg with hat in hand.

  4. It looks fabulous Ellen... I truly hope you are feeling better today.

    Take care

  5. I enjoyed both the sketch and the description of it enormously. You have a great talent. I am glad to have found your blog.

  6. The sketch is fabulous and your words are even more so. To sleep out in the open and look up at the stars has to be so awesome.

  7. You have created a beautiful visual image here of an idyllic spot.

  8. it's really lovely
    I like the feeling of depth, as if I could reach into the sketch


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