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Monday, April 7, 2014

Time Away from Home, Canandaigua Lake by Margaret Coote

This is "away from home" on two levels - last night I went to visit my friends at their house at the edge of Canandaigua Lake, and they had been in Switzerland and brought me some water-soluble crayons from the Caran d'Ache store in Geneva! So I sat down and did this quick sketch of the view from their dining/living room. It was a set of spring colors, so the tree is purple  :)  (I'm not saying I wouldn't have made it purple anyway…)


The lake is so beautiful. The middle of it is still frozen, but the edges are melting.

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  1. I like this pretty purple tree. How sweet of your friends to give you this gift of crayons and view!

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    1. Thank you Lynn! Yes, it was very sweet. I was so touched that they thought of me when they were so far away!

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  2. Aww, having friends who go to Switzerland and bring back wonderful crayons for you...how lucky. You made good use of them too...I love drawing.

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  3. This looks like a lovely place even in the winter. I can only imagine how beautiful it would be in the summer. Nice sketch.

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  4. What a nice gift for them to bring back for you. Love the purple tree and the scene of the lake!

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  5. How sweet of them! I love the purple tree. It absolutely makes the sketch!

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  6. Thanks everyone :) I'm so glad you all like the purple tree!

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  7. It was sweet to think of you when your friends were abroad. They are good friends! I absolutly love the purple tree. Especially the birches look purple in the spring in a certain light when there is snow still.

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    1. Thank you Sirkka, and thank you for this beautiful image of the birch trees! Maybe when the time comes you can do a painting and share it?

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  8. The effect is soft and lovely, and what a happy purple tree. The Caran D'Ache are my husband's favourite pencils. I keep hoping he will buy me some - I can't let myself buy them when I have so many sets, many not to my taste at all. Ah well, we have to try all sorts of mediums to find what works best for us. I am sure you will love them.

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    1. Thanks so much Jez. I think I will love them too. And I think you should just get yourself some!! :)

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