My sketchbooks are filled with pen sketches of passengers sitting around, waiting to catch a flight, hoping there will be no delays and that their luggage will arrive along with them at their destinations. Weather can play a major role in flight cancelations.
Atop Potato Ridge in Mendocino National Forest, it was a gaggle of pilots waiting for proper weather conditions to take flight, stepping off the ridge to fly with the birds, catching thermals to rise high into the sky and head for the summit of Mount Snow, the first crossing point in the day’s task.
I enjoyed sketching people hanging out in the sunlight, gazing at the clouds and the valley, quietly concentrating on a plan for the flight or chatting with one another about paragliding. Not one cell phone was in sight.
That’s Mount Lassen’s snow covered peak along the horizon on the left.
Sketched lightly in pencil before defining with fountain pen and ink brush before laying on a bit of watercolor.