On the summer solstice we took a drive north on the Blue Ridge Parkway instead of our usual southern route. It was a beautiful summer's day and we found wonderful views. This is one that I photographed and then sketched once home. The solstice was also time for a new sketchbook, so I have returned to a Strathmore Mixed Media sketch journal. I realized that with a 9 x 12 watercolor sketchbook I don't need to duplicate watercolor paper in a sketch/journal. And I do like this 500 series mixed media paper very much. I used watercolor pencils and washes of watercolor for this sketch. This is a scene I would like to make into a larger painting as well.