Every Memorial Day we open up camp on our island in the Saranac River, in the Adirondack mountains. It started wet on Friday, but Sunday cleared up. Between watching the kids swim and a Hairy Woodpecker feeding its young in a tall birch, I did some gouache sketches. Gouache is like watercolor but more opaque, if you want it to be.
The swim hole is a rocky point on the island facing southwest. The benches made from fallen trees, bark stripped, with a backdrop of cedars on the water's edge, offer a warm seat in the Spring sun.