Sunday, July 31, 2016

Oh, you know, when he gives you THAT LOOK...

A haughty look that only a swan can give you...

With the teachers at the summer Literacy Institute at Millersville University nature journaling at the pond behind the library.

The pond is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a wildlife habitat because it provides food, water, cover, and places to raise young. 

Journaling Jean sitting on the bridge and struggling to draw the serpentine neck of a swan. 

Oh, Good! A new skill to work on: painting reflections in water. 

Blessed to have 10,000 things to draw.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wednesdays with Susan Munch and the Botany Bunch: Monocacy Hill

Highlights from our botany walk at Monocacy Hill on March 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Way Back Wednesday: Gull on the Beach

A sketch from 2009 "Every Day Matters" #125 Draw a Bird. It was a windy day on the beach and the gull's feathers were all-a-ruffle. You can tell it's a Herring Gull by the red spot on the beak.  (Mixed Media in Canson 140 lbs Watercolor Paper Hard Cover Journal)

Inspiration: Google Jamie Wyeth's "Seven Deadly Sins" to view his awesome gull paintings:

From the Garden: Tommy-Toes and Liger Tilies

Yay! Yesterday we had rain! A Thunder Shower cloud seemed to drop its heavy load all at once. The digital rain gauge couldn't keep up with the deluge! But however much we got, we needed. The area is still 5 or 6 inches short of rainfall for the year at this time.

A few sketches for today. 

I think this is the third year for Liger Tilies in the yard. Love to draw them!

I grew them from bulbils that I got from a friend. Of course, there were no flowers the first year.

Lately, I find it hard to grow Tommy-Toes. One year there are long hot dry days, and I get weary from dragging hoses and lugging buckets of water. The next year it's so damp from too much rain and humidity that everything just goes straight to mold and mildew without fruiting. Either way, I don't think I've ever drawn tomatoes in a sketchbook! I'll have to take a look back in the sketchbooks to see if I have.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sharks!! ?? !! ??

What's on my mind? July 20th, Belmar Beach, NJ. 

Now that I have your attention...

I've been thinking about the Cownose Rays that have been spotted along the Jersey Shore.

The Cownose Ray has a brown kite-shaped body. It can have a "wing-span" of up to 3 feet and weigh 50 lbs. It has a whip-like tail.

Cownose Rays swim in the column of water as opposed to those rays that are benthic and swim along the bottom. When their fins break the water surface as they "fly" through the water, it looks like sharks! They school in shallow water to feed. They like soft-shelled clams and such, but will eat harder bivalves if hungry.

"Don't swim out too far! There's Stingrays in the area!" says the life guard. Really. He said that. Oh, Please, please - rescue ME!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

96 Degrees - Kiddie Pool - 'Nuff Said

Zig Writer and Watercolors in Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

Colored Pencil Practice: Bending Blades

Just practicing...

Prismacolor Colored Pencils in ProArt 60 lbs paper sketchbook.

Art and Oatmeal with Georgia Peaches: Day Lilies

Practicing Day Lilies during breakfast. 

Yes, I eat oatmeal in the summer - oatmeal with fresh summer peaches!

Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencils in ProArt 60 lbs. paper sketchbook.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jersey Shore Gull Attitude

Went to the Jersey Shore. Used a few Prisma Verithin Colored Pencils my ProArt Sketchbook for quick gestures to record the "Jersey Shore Gull Attitude."

This guy was one of my favorites. He could have been a British Commander peering over the dunes in North Africa, searching for a sign of Rommel's advancing troupes. 

And this one kept his head close to his body and fluffed out his feathers as if to say "This one's mine and so are all the potato chips that she throws."

Tom dropped his glasses once, in the Atlantic Ocean, he searched and searched...

A day at the beach. We visited the lovely Belmar Beach at the Jersey Shore. I wanted to paint the horizon but only had my 60 lbs paper ProArt sketchbook with me. Went ahead and tried it anyway. As I was capturing waves with watercolors, I noticed that Tom appeared to be looking for something in the water. Stingray! No. A wave had knocked his glasses off. He searched and searched but never found them. I just had to add him to the picture.