|1/1/15 watercolor, Caran d'Ache Museum water-soluble colored pencils, Canson XL 140 lb. paper|
Sunshine, clear blue skies and bitter cold greeted the first day of 2015. By mid-afternoon, our outdoor thermometer read 37 (a balmy 43 on my phone app), so we bundled up for a walk up to our neighborhood Maple Leaf Park. As expected, Mt. Rainier was out in its full glory – a rare treat on a typically cloudy January day. At 3:30 p.m., the sun was already near the horizon, casting a pale peach tint to its snow.
Ten minutes were all I could stand even with gloves, but that was all I needed to capture a good omen for the new year.
(Technical note: I’ve mentioned before how much I’ve grown to love water-soluble colored pencils for certain applications. Today when my hands were feeling like they might fall off from the cold, I couldn’t wait even a minute or two for the watercolor paints to dry completely to paint the trees in the foreground. Instead, I used a Caran d’Ache Museum pencil, which is easy to use on wet or dry paper.)