December 2008 was a month of train travel, car travel, bus travel, and plane travel, all to visit friends and a life that I left in the East coast 2 years ago. I consider myself so very fortunate- this past year, I was able to spend time with 99.9% of the people who have a great importance in my life. . .the people I deeply care about. So, the year ended appropriately with a visit to the East Coast.
Here are quick watercolors- really fun to do on the train. I tried a new poly pro paper I found in the art store that claimed it was good for "all watercolor techniques." It definitely is a slicker surface and allows for a lot of happy accidents in quick watercolor sketching.
*From Fullerton, CA I took the Coastal Starlight up to Seattle, WA:
*From Seattle, WA to Chicago, IL, I took the Empire Builder through blizzards:
*From Chicago, IL to New York, NY, I took the Lake Shore Limited: