Superb Mediocrity

3:33 PM

Cypress Reflections,
Hillsborough River
Watercolor Sketchbook,
3.5" x 17" 
Chris and I managed to get out to the Hillsborough River State Park on Saturday morning. It was sooooooo nice! It was in the mid 50's when we arrived and there was no one else about. We walked up along the river's edge, far off the beaten paths until we found an area that struck a creative note. I proceeded to sketch while he played with the camera, took photos, threw sticks in the river, aggravated spiders and just soaked up the ambience. The day was absolutely superb. Unfortunately, the sketching was mediocre at best, but on day like that, I didn't even care!

This was done in the handbook • journal • watercolor sketchbook. The majority of it was painted on location. This huge old cypress is in the middle of the river with a small island of flotsam collecting around it. After tackling this subject matter, and wondering why, I realized that I have a fascination with water. Especially moving water.

I have to say this is not a particularly good sketch of water, but I think that only deepens the fascination and I already know I'm going to try again. And again. And again. And probably some more after that until I can render this type of subject with a certain amount of satisfaction. Not perfection. Just satisfaction.

The satisfaction was definitely in the day and the opportunity to enjoy life and nature at a slower pace. Maybe next time, the enjoyment will also be in the finished sketch. If not, it will give me a great excuse (assuming I need one) to go back!

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