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We are having a BLACKOUT now – Monday night 8:00 pm – dark! Fun to tell what happens at that moment- After three big candles … where’s the emergency light? Oh it needs new batteries- wow,  Walmart,  when it’s dark I need a screwdriver, drill and flash light to change the batteries?? Took 20 minutes for our camping light (bright enough to read or knit!) …. Where’s the camera? Gotto record this! Luckily the almost 3000 people were back on electricity very late at night.

The desert areas of the USA have taught me that a desert is anything but boring! Many interesting things, such as blooming cacti (further down), wild flowers, amazing and stunning views. Especially red rocks. The views here are from Bryce Canon and along the road of Utah. This one was materialized in watercolor in the next photo.

A Few Pointers for Plein Air Painting
Sit or stand in a place – where people passing – are are not constantly blocking your view.
You need to adjust the view to what essentials you have in mind!
You are not obligated to paint every detail exactly like it is in reality.
What I had in mind here that tree branches may be dried up and barren, but there is always some green and flowers that forge on!
Do not forget – the eye travels, so when you see a landscape,
try to fit it in a design like an O, H, Alpha, etc.
do not lead the eye to the outward edges, like a Y, or a static horizontal line, unless you put something on it!
These above are more geared to success than the “right” color, or “exact” measurements.
As last, with watercolor or pastel, better too much contrast than too little!


Watercolor, 9 x 12 inch, Aqua Canon, Utah © St Germain

It was somewhere around a 100 degr. F.   It was dry. It was windy!
Hubby made the better choice
to just to walk around. But moi, sigh, I was smitten by
this little bush in Bryce Canon,at the beginning of the path
going down down. Don’t take beauty for granted!
Makro Tex,  ABC Wed. – Watercolor

Initially I moved very slow with painting, because
I started too high on the paper. Now I had to do everything
to facilitate  a downward “look”
Tue Travel, Sun Snap



After 20 min. – too hot! My feet were burning.
Don’t wear thin flipflops on hot asphalt! In  such hot weather
I in general  don’t last much longer painting half an hour in the sun anyway. I have a parasol specifically for painting,
but here it would have blocked my view.
Makro-Tex: Don’t




There is much in front of the red door for Thurs. Doors,
sorry, but I  also like to show how they in the old days,washed
and polished rocks here. Scrolling through town after
the landscape of the high mountains is fun.
Jo’s Walk, Tue Treasure, Thurs. Door



A small cactus Rose
Thanks Riitta, Ella, and Nick for the weekly feast of flowers!




It rained a lot overnight, which was nice with scorching conditions
of temps of100+ degr. F. combined with wind wind during the day.
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31 Comments Add yours

  1. Lydia C. Lee says:

    I like the simplicity of the puddle shot!! Nice post.

  2. dNambiar says:

    Beautiful artwork.
    I love that picture from Bryce Canyon too. It’s still on my wishlist. I love deserts too — the sandy ones, the rocky ones…everything. 🙂

  3. restlessjo says:

    I guess it’s the situation where you take the photo and do the painting at home, Jesh, but that wouldn’t be the same at all- would it? 🙂 🙂 Thanks a lot for linking.

  4. Beautiful watercolor!
    Have a wonderful day!

  5. Mitzi says:

    Beautiful images and your watercolor image is awesome!

  6. jesh stg says:

    Mitzi – yes, I saw you are now a wordpress-er:):)

  7. I love the painting but I think I would faint in that heat. My MS makes the heat a challenge. But to see that scenery…Wow.. Hope you are well and thank you for linking in Jesh…Michelle

  8. Ruth says:

    It is true! I think people have a very wrong misconception about deserts. The ones in the American Southwest are great but I have been to the Mexican one in spring and those are beyond words!

  9. jesh stg says:

    Mitzi, thank you, Friend!

  10. riitta k says:

    What a lovely watercolor – happy day Jesh!

  11. Although it is, of course, in the eye of the beholder….I never do 😉

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♪ (ABC-W-team)

  12. You’re right about asphalt and flipflops

  13. That’s a sweet watercolor. That’s interesting about fitting a landscape into a letter or a word. I’m going to try that. Thanks, Jesh. 🙂

  14. Linda P says:

    It’s good to focus on something that attracts you such as the bush and the rock and look closely at the colours and detail in nature. You did good- a lovely watercolour. I think I wouldn’t last long in that heat! I wonder if you take photos and finish off a painting at home? Wishing you a good day!

  15. Peter B says:

    Sorry to hear about your blackout! When we have those, it always makes me think about our next big earthquake and if we are adequately prepared. I so agree with you that the deserts are anything but boring!! Beautiful sky, reflection, and desert rose photos!

  16. Lovely pops of red color, and your watercolor is truly beautiful.

  17. jesh stg says:

    Thank you Michelle! Painting near a 100 degr. is not my favorite, but painting in the setting itself makes a plein air so much more livelier!

  18. ewok1993 says:

    I really find the desert beautiful. However, I don’t know if I could last the heat.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  19. Jim says:

    Good shots.

  20. Peabea says:

    You captured some great beauty. True, don’t take for granted and stop and enjoy even the slightest bit of beauty in every day life.

    Peabea from Pictorial Tuesday

  21. Kelleyn says:

    You nut! Can’t believe you stood outside for so long in the heat. glad you got your power quickly!

  22. Pistachios says:

    I don’t like the heat, or hot places, but even I can admit there’s beauty to be found in deserts. You certainly captured some of the beauty of the desert in these photos and the painting!

  23. jesh stg says:

    Thank you! Maybe because our country or origin is the Netherlands, we rather have heat to contend with than cold:)

  24. Goodness what heat! I think as Brit I wouldn’t last more than five minutes in that heat!

  25. I’m glad to catch up with your Thursday Doors. In this post I much prefer your painting that the photo of the same scene! And fun to hear you were in China. Greetings from Rome!

  26. jesh stg says:

    Rome, oh – on my bucket list – am expecting many views from there:) Have fun!

  27. jesh stg says:

    Well, yeah, I’m talking about having lived in California (as a Dutch girl) for more than 30 years – my blood has thinned out by now:) Apropos, I don’t want to go against the rules of your Sunday Snap, is answering your weekly question required, or is it extra, to make more conversation going? Have a great Sunday!

  28. jammy7000 says:

    Beautiful shots of lovely places, Jesh!
    Thanks for taking part in the Travel Tuesday meme.

  29. I LOVE your watercolor painting! Yes, great rule, reminder to self-NO FLIPFLOPS in the desert during 100 degree days! 😀😀

  30. jesh stg says:

    Pain is a great reminder for me, lol:)

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