Caroline Henry Art Blog
I made this sketch on a recent trip to Felton, California, a small town among the redwood forests in the coastal mountains south of San Francisco. The bridge is reputed to the the tallest covered wooden bridge in the world, and I drew it straight on to emphasize the height.
It was a brisk fall morning, with a wind sufficient to damage and shut down San Francisco's Bay Bridge, some miles to the north, but simply chilly in Felton. I worked fairly quickly because I did not want to be out in that location too long. Under pleasanter weather conditions, I painted a plien air acrylic version of the bridge in two morning sessions last year. That is listed on my Etsy site http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20682410
The top of the bridge is out of the picture plane in this drawing; an effect I rather like as I think it is one more element that stresses the height of this redwood structure. Fall color in the leaves adds warmth the watercolor wash.