Monday, April 28, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
That's what the packaging says, anyway. I'm thinking it's what champions use...not what lures champions?
Anyhow...we're gearing up for our first camping trip of the season. On my list - nature journals, bird identification books and wildflower guides. On the boys' lists...new fishing lures, line and a brand spanking new net. We'll all get our ways - I don't have a fishing license, so we'll be doing nature walks and sketching while Daddy is gone to his meeting and they'll do lots of fishing when he's with us. (I'm not opposed to fishing...there are just alot of other things I can find to occupy my time when we're in the woods...)
The weather looks like it will be fantastic - warmish during the day, coolish at night. Maybe a little rainy-ish over the weekend. We're very hopeful that the 30% chance of rain is more like a 70% chance of NOT rain, though.
I'm really ready to see some stars away from the glow of the city - to hear the choruses of frogs in the trees - to smell the sweet decaying leaves that litter the ground next to the stream - to see the dappled sunlight that makes its way to the ground through the new Spring leaves - to taste s'mores and maybe s'more - to touch the smooth river pebbles on the bank of the river - to hear the smack of the water as they skip across to the other side - to wake up with the rising sun and the chirping of birds.
Only three more sleeps until I can recharge my batteries...
Saturday, April 12, 2008
There are some days that defy description. They start out beautiful and just get beautifuller. (Yes...I know that isn't a word. Thanks.) Today was one of those picture perfect, postcard kind of days. The sky was almost too blue, the flowers were almost too pink. Just lovely.
We went out driving around the countryside, looking for our own slice of heaven. Dr. Smarty Pants has about a 2 year limit on any given living situation. He starts getting restless and internet shopping for real estate. We'd both like a little more land and a little less neighbor, but, as you might have heard, the market isn't at it's strongest, and we do have a house we'd have to sell.
It's still fun to dream and wonder and imagine. We drove into one valley today just as the sun had moved to above the ridge on one side...it was spectacular. I saw an old farm house with 'UGE TRACTS O'LAND up on the edge of the woods and wanted to go up and knock on the door and ask the people in it what the heck they thought they were still doing in MY HOUSE? Everywhere we looked there were cows and horses and tractors and trees and birds chirping and lawn ornaments and perfect little white churches with perfect white steeples...
It may have actually been animated.
So. I haven't drawn today. And that's okay. I used my camera and captured a little perfection with it instead. It's supposed to be cold out tomorrow. I'll bundle up and draw something then.
Until then...I'll be dreaming of my sweet little valley and the 100 year old farmhouse I'll have someday. With chickens.
Friday, April 11, 2008
On the right is the drawing I did while lying in bed, half asleep. I made my Oscar look like a bull mastiff. Way off...
I tried again yesterday, and that's on the left. It is MUCH better, so I added a little cyan gouache to highlight it.
He really is the best dog. EVER.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I have drawn. I haven't posted. I will. I've been MULCHING. And I'm still not done...
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
I swear. I love spring - warm weather...pretty flowers...pollen.
Oh, shoot. I always forget the pollen.
I hate using this nose spray, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
I think my head is about to explode...
Monday, April 07, 2008
I don't know the name of it, though. I'm not good with flower names.
I worked in the yard all weekend, and something has created a great deal of pressure in my sinuses that makes me feel as if my entire head is likely to explode. Gah.
I asked the boys what I should draw today, because I couldn't even THINK of it. J said..."Draw a flower." I said..."Okay."
So...here's a flower. I took a picture of it when we were at the Biltmore estate a few weeks ago. If anyone knows the name, I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know so I can file it away in my head where it will promptly disappear, but at least I'll have a copy of your comment saved somewhere and I can remind myself.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Linda and I had a chance to meet up for a cup of coffee, a slice of lemon loaf, and much hearty guffawing this afternoon. You'd think two women on this side of FABULOUS would be mature enough to handle being out in public without driving off other customers at the coffee shop.
But you'd be wrong.
For one thing, only one of us is actually on this side of FABULOUS, the other won't be there for another few months.
For another, we actually got dirty looks from the lady sitting across the shop from us, who was apparently trying to read a newspaper in solitude. Anyone who is so easily distracted, obviously needs to read in private.
When she got up and left, she slipped a couple of pointed glances at us and shook her head in disgust. The thirteen year old boy inside of me made a semi-covert gesture.
Which then sent us into peals of laughter again.
Who needs liquor when you have coffee and lemon loaf? And the company of a friend...that's what makes it all come together.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
I started out with such high hopes. I ended with...uhh...this. It was supposed to be a tulip beginning to blossom. In my defense, the greens are not this weird in real life - no matter what I did, I couldn't tone down that yellow. It's not so garish in the sketchbook.
But...that's okay. I drew something and I painted it. That's the point, right?
gouache in Maruman watercolor sketchbook
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
This is another in the little accordian-fold Maruman sketchbook I recently started. It's a beauty of a little book - recently suggested by Laura on the EDM group. I love it when she gives recommendations - she's just always right!. It is a sweet little book.
This is a watercolor of the statue of Diana at Biltmore Estates.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
I think I painted this. I actually do remember doing it. BUT - look at those subtle, muted colors...I think I was channeling someone else. Strange...
But I kind of like it. I especially like my pretty brown branch. I mixed that brown...yes indeedy, I did.