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iPad sketching trip – close to home

Sometimes you don’t have to go far to find inspiration. I was looking at a map of my county, and saw a road that I had never traveled…I thought, “hmm…I am going to take my ipad and see if there is anything on that road worth sketching”

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It turned out to be an adventure…complete with a flat tire!

truck on winding road


I love railroad tracks and winding roads…

Winding road with a cow and horse


I love how the hills roll in this part of the country, and you can see barns for miles.

House By the Crick


I stumbled into an amazing old house beside a creek.

House by the Crick 2


Here’s a simpler version of the same scene…not sure which I like better, but it started raining while I was sketching.

Kentucky scene of rain and rainbows


In Kentucky, weather is a big thing because it is so dynamic…it’s not unusual to have storms and rainbows at the same time.

Rain In The Distance


Last one…a long view with a raincloud and sunburst at the same time.  I don’t think I have ever painted rainclouds before, but they might be my new favorite thing.

So, that’s just a few iPad sketches from just one little segment of the road.  It is one of the most beautiful roads I have ever traveled, and less than 5 miles from my house. There is a second part of the road, maybe even prettier than the first…I’ll go back soon.

I am going to paint (yes paint!!!) some of these scenes.  Do you have a favorite sketch?