A color study of Isa's hotel patio in Harbor Island. 2003.
3.75" x 10.25"
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 the kids 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.