This painting is done in gouache, which is an opaque watercolor. It's not quite finished as it needs a few little touchups. It's based off a picture I took one spring while visiting my sister-in-law in Cleveland.
Miravalle (El Salvador) is the name of the beach where my parent's friends own a beach house. They let us use it for the weekend. Apparently, Christmas time is the best time to go to the beach in El Salvador. The water is warm, the beach is hot and the waves are manageable. If you go in the "summertime" it's during rainy season and all the runoff makes the water mucky and the waves are too strong to be enjoyable. In my opinion, hanging out on the beach is the best way to celebrate Christmas.
There's a wonderful tree full of delicious cortland apples in front of my parent's home in Utah. On one misty, rainy day the setting sun shone particularly red, intensifying the colors of this apple tree. The effect was stunning.
This is a watercolor painting I recently completed after my trip to El Salvador. My husband and I were visiting my parents, who live in El Sal, over the Christmas holliday. The town of Apaneca is a popular place to go zip lining. The square shapes on the hill in the background are the tree formations that provide shade for growing coffee. Our guides drove us up one of these hills to get to the zip line.