For days 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 of my January 2022 ‘Sketch a Day’ challenge I abandoned the Tanum pond in Sweden and ‘flew’ down to Mexico to see some very different ponds at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden.
Because I had switched to a larger book this sketch was published in two parts, first the sketch (Day 9) and then the watercolour (Day 13). It took forever to finish and cured me of my longing to use a larger sketchbook. I filled in the water at the bottom with a lovely murky green. Although I also wanted to add a similar water to the top of the sketch I gave up rather than potentially ruin the image – in real-life painting there is no such thing as an ‘Undo’ button. Perhaps I will add the top water in the future when I have forgotten how long it took to get to this point.
The Jaguar Trail in the Botanical Garden leads to the river where you can swim or just wade to cool off. I spent some time admiring the clear water and the underwater ripples in the river that distorted the rocks underneath along with bits and pieces of underwater plants.
When I saw the final piece it reminded me of something and at one point I saw this image taken at the Van Gogh show, a huge blow-up of a pen and ink sketch of his showing waves rolling in on the coast of France. Apparently I’m not the only person to do studies of water.
Full-size version.More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Water.