My daughter Gretchen and I have been painting a watercolor during the Thanksgiving holiday for the past 16 years. Why? Because we believe that family traditions such as doing a piece of artwork together has meaning, creates a long-lasting memory and is completely fun!
I wrote about our annual art project and the story behind all of those crazy turkeys in a blog several years ago. Please take a look at it and read all about the lives of those famous birds that avoided the roasting pan and flew off (do turkeys actually fly?) to all parts of the world doing great things. Enjoy our family tradition that we will certainly continue for many years to come!
The following watercolor paintings represent a small portion of the paintings we’ve created telling a wild story about a family of turkeys and their adventures. Actually, many of our paintings reflect certain events in our lives such as a special vacation trip, political event or worthy news event.
How do we paint these when we live in two different cities and can’t get together for Thanksgiving? We found an answer to that problem a couple of years ago now that Gretchen has moved to Seattle and teaches art at a private school.
We first come up with an idea, sketch it out and email each other with feedback. I then block out the drawing in light pencil on watercolor paper and mail her the paper from Denver along with a watercolor set that we’ve always used. She paints the watercolor in Seattle and mails the completed artwork back to me for final “touchup” and scanning. Its that easy!
2011 Biking Turkeys. Last year’s them was about turkeys having fun on fat tire bicycles. We each have cruiser bikes and enjoy riding around our neighborhood on them. Gretchen has many friends in Seattle that bike everywhere and don’t even own cars.
2012 Turkeys on Mars. Well, this year has been a memorable year for our turkeys. This is the “mockup sketch” for the 2012 watercolor celebrating the historic NASA mars rover mission, the retiring of the space shuttle and Felix Baumgartner’s 5-mile leap from space. I’ll post the final painting soon!
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