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Sedona Morning - Pen and Ink with watercolor on 140# CP Watercolor Paper

Sedona Morning - Pen and Ink with watercolor on 140# CP Watercolor Paper

Ah, really, there is nothing like the feeling of driving into Sedona. There is something about seeing those majestic red rock formations that just forces me to relax. It is one of the reasons I wanted to spend my birthday weekend up there. Another reason is that I am always inspired by the beauty of Sedona to pull out my sketchbook and try to capture these fabulous formations. In short, it was a fabulous weekend.

Dave and I did a lot of relaxing, driving around, nice dinners, and napping. The weather during the day was in the mid to upper 80s and so we even sat by the pool a few days. In the mornings and evenings, though, it was heavenly.

Pen and Ink Drawing of the View from the Pool at Amara Resort & Spa

Pen and Ink Drawing of the View from the Pool at Amara Resort & Spa

Each day we went to our favorite Sedona breakfast place, The Coffee Pot. Their menu is huge – 101 omelettes! There is always something good to eat there and, of course, plenty of coffee flows through the breakfast. We then would go for a drive around town, looking for some great views for me to photograph or draw; dreaming of what it would be like to own a home up there and to be able to escape the city more often… Ah, dreaming…

Each day after breakfast, we chose a different activity, depending upon what we felt like doing. Friday, we drove around then went for coffee, where I drew while Dave read the newspaper. From there, we decided to walk around town and window shop. Friday evening, we had a lovely dinner at Dahl & DiLuca Ristorante. It was a lovely evening.

View from Sedona Community Center Park Bench

View from Sedona Community Center Park Bench

The second day, we started to wander a different way and we ended up on the road to Flagstaff. So, we took it as a sign that Saturday was to be our day in Flagstaff. That, however, turned out to be poor timing. While we had a lovely time, it turned out that this was the date of the Northern Arizona University Homecoming celebration. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen drunk college kids at 10 am. The bars were hopping, the students were plastered, and we were feeling very old! We walked around a bit, but got out of there before the parade started – just in the nick of time!

Saturday evening, we had dinner reservations at Yavapai restaurant at the Enchantment Resort. The food was phenomenal. They handled my many allergies with aplomb and the atmosphere was fabulous. Unfortunately, we got there after sunset, so I did not get to see what I’m told is an amazing view. I suppose this means we’ll need to go back again soon! ;)

Pen & Ink with Watercolor Drawing of View from Sedona Community Center Bench

Pen & Ink with Watercolor Drawing of View from Sedona Community Center Bench

Sunday we decided to pick up a copy of the New York Times to read during breakfast. After eating, we found a place to sit and enjoy the weather. We sat outside at the Sedona Community Center, which is a huge complex of picnic areas, soccer fields, playgrounds, baseball diamonds, etc. As in most places in Sedona, there was an amazing view, so I enjoyed the view by drawing and painting while Dave caught up on the news. We went to Tlaquepaque, which is an area filled with restaurants and galleries. We had a nice and relaxing lunch at Rene, a restaurant in the Tlaquepaque area. We were both tired, so we sat and read for a while and then had dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. Hundred Rox. The food, again, was fabluous.

On Monday, we woke ready to head home. As much as I enjoy a weekend away, there truly is nothing better than being back in my own bed! We had breakfast, sat outside for one final drawing (which is not yet finished, but I’ll post it later in the week) and then we checked out of the hotel. We came home to catch up and enjoy the rest of the day in our home.

All in all, it was a fabulous way to spend my birthday. I came home to 10 phone messages from friends and family and many emails and e-cards wishing me a happy birthday. I feel so blessed to have all of these people in my life. Mostly, though, I’m so blessed to have felt well enough to enjoy every moment of the weekend with Dave and without my cane.

8 Responses

  1. Sounds heavenly! What a wonderful way to really relax. Your sketches are beautiful!

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  2. It sounds like the week end you both deserved. I love the illustrations – they make me want to go to Sedona sometime. Sounds like great food, great company and a great time. And how delightful that you didn’t need your cane! Welcome home (you don’t look any older to me).

    Joanne

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  3. OMG Fran, your paintings are fantastic! I can’t wait to see them IRL tomorrow! I can’t wait to see YOU!

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  4. Such beautiful drawings. They really capture the feeling of Sedona.

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  5. Sounds like a great weekend and the artwork that came out of it was amazing. Being an art student, my first thoughts (after the ooh’ing and aah’ing of course) were all about trying to figure out how you achieved the effect. Nicely done.

    Read down a bit as well and have to say that I’m fascinated by the creative therapy questions you’re answering. Thanks for the open and honest sharing.

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  6. Happy Belated Birthday Fran!!! Your Sedona series is wonderful…made me a a wee bit sad though for we were to be up there last week also and, like you, for a bday celebration!!! However, a “Check Engine” light on the dashboard put a whole “kabash” on the trip…new plans in the making! What an unbelieveably SMALL WORLD!!! At least I had fun travelling there through your sketches and awesome journalling! :)

    All the best! :)

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  7. Ohhh… I love Sedona, too! Glad you are having a good time!

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  8. MD

    Love the creativity of your mind. All those colours…. your work has ‘zing’!!! Nice to have found your blog.

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