When our kids were small I didn’t have time to sketch when we were traveling, but I could take notes of the colors I saw in a small notebook –everything from laundry lines, to bird plumage, to colors on a wall — and then I would lay down studies after they were in bed. This was the most effective visual journal I could muster and it turned into a valuable tool to increase my color literacy. We all register the impact of landscape in many different ways and mine begins with color. I finally realized these notations, these studies, are maps of a sort. Green and blue watercolor.
This study in particular is inspired by the idea of sanctuary, a theme that comes up again and again in my work. The notion of sanctuary is so individual —for me it is a place of peace, love and safety. I find it in the wilderness, in my gardens, reading, walking, in my immediate family (husband, children and dogs) and always, always in creative process — painting and writing. 2003
Alexander McCall Smith said it well: Regular maps have few surprises: their contour lines reveal where the Andes are, and are reasonably clear. More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day.
Original watercolor on watercolor paper, unframed
The piece: 3.5 x 10 inches
The painted area: 8.75 x 2.75 inches”