The next morning I headed down to the riverside just below our house, anxious to sketch the boat life. Bob, our instructor/host had warned us about this. With all the activity on the river in the morning, a peacefully anchored boat will be boarded and motor out to the ocean in moments, aborting your best sketch yet. However, I would be quick with this one, I thought.
A parade of hikers crossed in front of me on the narrow trail which was the only place to roost on my stool. A quick pencil sketch was done, and the boat still lingered. But I discovered I’d forgotten to bring my water brush. I raced upstairs to fetch it and when I returned the boat had disappeared! I borrowed a boatman from another craft and proceeded to paint from memory and the rest of the scene which had luckily not moved.
Then around 11am we piled into a van and were driven along the mountain road above the river. We were having lunch and spending the afternoon at the spectacular Vallarta Botanical Garden.
I could happily have spent days in that tropical paradise with my nature journal in hand. I guess it was a good thing that I’d left my iPhone/camera drying out from its quick dunk in the ocean the day before. Because at every turn of the head a new plant or butterfly or bird was screaming Look at me! Take my picture to prove there is really a lily pad that gigantic and a bird with every color of the rainbow! Good thing not to have the camera between me and all that beauty.
I sat by the fruit feeder and was rewarded after a while by first one, then a flock of Yellow Winged Caciques having a raucus bird party under the cacao tree. I sat as still as I could as they frolicked mere inches away.
To be continued tomorrow. . . with another trip to the mountains and beach life.
You capture these scenes so wonderfully Susan! I know that location well, but it sounds like you are also on a retreat? I’d love a little info on the nature of that opportunity.
I tried to channel you yesterday when I went with a sketch group to hardcore coffee in Sebastopol. I literally said to my sister “what would Susan Cornelius do with all these amazing things to sketch?”
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THanks Adrianne! And yes, I was in a week long workshop at La Casa de los Artistas http://artworkshopvacations.com/ with artist/founder Robert Masla