Watercolor Sketch "Dale Road"

Sketchbooks help me to work through thoughts, color schemes, compositions, shapes and values.  As I travel through the day either locally or on an adventure in another state or country, I sketch.  My sketchbooks are the reminders of the conversations I have with myself, saving those around me from my enthusiasm over rusty pipes, chipped paint, yet another view of Mount Rainier, or the exciting shape of the shadow cast by the street lamp.

The next few postings will be from the sketchbook that evolved while working on a 3 panel, 36 inch by 90 inch oil painting commission.