Marsh sketches

California weather is almost always beautiful, and it was especially lovely today. It was about perfect for an outing to the marsh to sketch the landscape and observe the birds at the bird refuge. It had also been a few weeks since Iva and I got a chance to sketch together, it was so nice to be able to enjoy the landscape with some lovely conversation with a good friend. What's better!

I am not very comfortable with painting landscapes. I don't get a chance to do it enough, and it is not the subject that I am usually interested in. The recent train ride across the country got me excited about trying out landscapes and here I am :-)

I couldn't help wanting to do a quick sketch of Iva. I am much more comfortable and enjoy myself so much more when I am sketching people. The sketch is not at all good likeness to my beautiful friend, but it captures the essence of the sketcher I think :-)