Last Tuesday was election day here in the United States. Since I've been glued to my work table for the last few days I relished the chance to get out of the house and do something, so when I left for the polling place to go vote I brought my watercolors and my little travel watercolor sketchbook along.
I've been following James Gurney's blog for a while and he regularly posts these charming little watercolor plein air sketches. If I were James Gurney I would be brave enough to talk to the poll-workers and ask if I could sit in the polling place and paint their portraits or those of the voters. Unfortunately I'm terrified to talk to strangers and even more terrifies that if they would agree they would want to see the finished painting. I know, I know, I'm working on it.
Anyway, instead I decided to take a walk after I voted and came upon these bulldosers. I went to vote in the late afternoon figuring that there would be fewer people, and so by the time I got to this spot the sun was on its way down and there were long cool shadows running across the road. It looked sufficiently Gurneyish so I gave it a try. It took about an hour.