watercolorWEDNESDAY XXXXVI

December 19, 2012 § 2 Comments

truckee river_small

Flashback to the summer!

I snapped this refreshing photo of the Truckee River while on a bike ride this summer.  I finally had time to paint this memory of the relaxing warm summer days while enjoying these crisp winter days!

Brrrrrrrrr

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watercolorWENDESDAY XXXXII

August 29, 2012 § 3 Comments

After returning from Copenhagen, I jumped from one adventure to the next.

My next adventure awaited me in the mountains, 6,000ft above sea level in the small mountain town Truckee, California.  This summer I had the awesome opportunity to work for MWA Architects and Engineers, a firm specializing in mountain-inspired design.  I never thought I would find myself in a small town, but after living the city for the last year, the peaceful Sierra mountains were quite a treat.

And as summer begins to fade (why is it getting dark so early!?!)…so does my internship.  To thank MWA, I painted them our office (which was actually designed my boss) clad in rustic wood, recycled corrugated metal and rusted corten steel (mmm…my favorites! Can you see why I loved working with them?).

Its been an educational and relaxing summer, yet I am excited to head back to SLO for my final year!

Thank Truckee for a beautiful summer.

So yet again I find myself saying goodbye to another home…

Vi ses Truckee! Hej San Luis Obispo!

watercolorWEDNESDAY-sierraSTYLE

July 11, 2012 § 1 Comment

Its back!

Well folks, I couldn’t stay away from watercolorWEDNESDAY.  Yes, my year-long Europe excursion may have come to a close (sigh) but this adventure of life still continues (and boy is it grand!).

And in this wonderful adventure, I continue to paint and would love to share with you (because come on, who doesn’t like a weekly painting?!?)

I have traded the rolling hills (cough…bunny slopes) of Denmark for the majestic peaks of the Sierra Nevada.  A month ago I moved for an exciting internship in Lake Tahoe and by golly, this landscape is too beautiful to not paint!

I can’t promise to post something every Wednesday but I will try my best and we shall see where the summer leads.

So for now let me share with you my first painting from Truckee, California.

Welcome to Kirsten in the Mountains!

Welcome to Truckee, California.  Truckee is a good ‘ol Western town  located half an hour outside of Lake Tahoe, the most majestic and beautiful lake in all the world (personal opinion? NO! fact!).

The town was established as a railroad town in the post-Gold Rush era and was home to the weary survivors of the infamous Donner Party (whose story still gives me shivers).  Today Truckee functions as the threshold to the Western Shores of Lake Tahoe.

Pictured here is the Truckee rail yard.  The tracks are no longer used for passengers, just cargo, but its part of the historic Transcontinental Railroad of the Wild West.  In fact, Truckee’s original name was Colburn Station.

I live close to the tracks so the constant hum and horn of the train follows me around the clock.  I don’t mind though.  I think of it as a good reminder for me to look around, take a pine-scented breath of fresh air and appreciate God’s work that surrounds me.

So next time you take a trip up to the mountains, don’t just ooo and ahh when you pass through Truckee.  Get out, stretch your legs, take a walk around the historic downtown and explore all this quaint place has to offer.

For those of you greeting card lovers, I am thinking of doing a ‘Mountain-set” at the end of the summer.  Stay tuned!

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