"Shoreline" seems like a clear word: the fixed line where the land meets the water. Put it on a map. But in reality shorelines change constantly, and legal definitions tend to be fictions. In Washington State, the legal "shoreline" for property is almost always under several feet of water. People get very angry about it, regardless of the actual reality.

Anyway, here's a beach where the tide goes out for hundreds of feet.

The Russian practice of landing thier spacecraft on the Kazakh steppe delights me. There are stories of cosmonauts coming down on some random farm and getting drunk with the farmer while they waited for rescue. Just imagine! It's worth googling the images: "soyuz landed"

Pacific Northwest field with Vostok capsule. 7.5" x 7.5" Watercolor, 300# arches, $100 (restarted my etsy shop, yay!)

I just like sketches. Fast, and not meant for others to see, but here we are.

It turns out that leaving a printer alone for a year while out hiking makes a huge mess. But I finally got it working again, so I'll be able to sell prints again in a few days.

I'm curious what artist prints mean for people? For me it means I'm involved at every step, especially the actual printing. I generally only do editions if there is a mechanical reason to do so (physical plates, or setup conditions that are impossible to perfectly replicate).

Crater Lake. My first impression was how overwhelmingly blue it is. The rim trail goes from here over to the other side of the island, and then connects with the PCT after 8 miles or so. It's technically a PCT alternate, but only the most pure redliner would skip it.

Going through old paintings, looking for stuff to put up for sale. I came across this painting from about a year and a half ago. It was a collaboration with a friend who gave me the prompt: "Temporal explorer 15 went missing in the Pleistocene."

10" X 20" watercolor on paper

Some tone studies. I only started taking watercolor seriously a couple of years ago, and I started with basically the sketch is the painting, but lately I've been thinking a plan could help. I only had an hb for these, so they aren't the most successful in terms of value differentiation, but I like looking at other people's sketches, so maybe you'll like mine. The first one became the painting in my last post.

Going through old paintings and I came across these two that I don't think I posted. I hated them at the time I painted them, but now that I've moved past whatever difficulties they were giving me, I think maybe there's stuff about them to like.

Watercolor on paper, 7"x7" and, uh, probably 4" x 9".

Scenes from the North Cascades. I saw the marmot moving through the grass north of Glacier Peak, and the fat pika calmly regarded me from the rockfall at Hopkins Pass five miles south of the Canadian border last September.

Watercolor on paper, 4.5" x 6"

More small watercolor sketches. The point of these was to practice drawing grass, so that happened. I'm a big fan of the idea that if you think you can't draw something, try drawing it a bunch of times. Eventually, you'll get better. The other option is to avoid drawing it at all costs, and nobody will ever know.

Here's a set of small sketches of alpine meadows in Washington and Oregon.

3.5" x 5"ish pen and watercolor on paper.

(why is the convention height then width? That's the opposite of what you might expect if you are mathy.)

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