Sluice Box

May 6, 2017

I drove to Idaho City after mowing at the studio this morning. It's about a 60-65 mile round trip, but I wanted to see a little business up there that I found on the Internet called The Sluice Box. It is a junk shop and the photos were really fun looking and colorful.


When I arrived at Idaho City I checked in at the chamber of commerce information center, then set out to find the place. I found it up near the schools, but it looked very shabby and gray and closed. I asked a neighbor lady and I did have the right place. Being the off season, the lady who owns the joint was not there and would not be opening until the end of May, or first of June. 


I looked around town and took some photos, then set up across from The Gold Mine, a bar/restaurant on Highway 21. It had some color and some background and some trucks out front. I fought a little rain, but got a fun little sketch. It took about 2 hours and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. My sketch is gouache in my small sketchbook. I used a watercolor pencil to draw my preliminary sketch. I used it a bit more that I should, making a few mistakes. It discolored the gouache some causing me to do several coats, hence the 2 hours.










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