Summer 2009 Road Trip Sketches

Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 8:15 PM
Zion NP
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Summer 2009

A two week road trip that took us to some beautiful places in the desert southwest. Our travels took us from Riverside, California through Las Vegas, NV, three national parks in Utah and two national monument. Then to Colorado stopping at 4 corners and then Mesa Verde NP. Into New Mexico spending time near Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. Heading home we went to the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest and Grand Canyon National Parks before reaching home by the 4th of July. All sketches were done on site. Only a few were done using photo reference and I will note that on those sketches.


  1. This is gorgeous!

  2. Anonymous Says:'re sketches, or are you still organizing them? Can't see this great white throne, maybe later. Hope you enjoyed your trip...any adventures you can share with us?

  3. Ai Says:

    Love it, Marta. So vibrant & tons of energy.

  4. Sherry Says:

    Wonderful shapes and colors here, Marta.

  5. Joan Says:

    Marta - You really showed the massive size of these rocks and I love the vibrant colors. I was able to follow you a bit on the trip. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I'll be back to see more. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

  6. heyannie Says:

    Hi Marta, Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog post. Any friend of Shirley's is a friend of mine. She rallies a bunch of us up each month for a mini sketchcrawl and we have a great time.
    Your work is lovely and spontaneous. The colors here are perfectly delicious and rich.

  7. such beautiful, vibrant colors!

  8. Diahn Says:

    Wonderful colors - I love the southwest, and haven't been there in too long - thanks for taking us along vicariously!

  9. Nice... The colors and organic forms really work together to create an interesting composition!

  10. Robyn Says:

    I just watched the slideshow of your holiday sketches, Marta. Wonderful series of watercolours. Great line and composition and such harmony of colour. There is a new confidence shining through these paintings and what a wonderful basis they would be for a series. My favourite is Capitol Reef.

    I'll be thinking of you tomorrow and sending hugs.

  11. Ai Says:

    Get well soon Marta. We miss you and your arts.

  12. Joan Says:

    I'm glad everything went well and you're back home healing. I wanted to send you a message but I can't figure out how. I haven't figured out Twitter yet, but I've been reading your postings.

  13. sandra Says:

    Hi Marta
    you draw a nice painting it is very simple and sober...

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