A color study painted on 5 March 2013, just northwest of Aspen, CO. This palette shows itself every year beginning in March, and is present throughout April and May in Isa's garden.
10" x 10"
Original watercolor on watercolor paper, unframed.
When Isa's kids were small she didn't have time to sketch when they were traveling, but she could take notes of the colors she saw in a small notebook -- everything from laundry lines, to bird plumage, to colors on a wall -- and then she would lay down studies after they were in bed. This was the most effective visual journal she could muster and it turned into a valuable tool to increase her color literacy. Everyone registers the impact of landscapes in many different ways and Isa's begins with color. She has finally realized these notations, these studies, are maps of a sort.