- Aug 1, 2019
House wrens nest on my front porch every summer redirecting the comings and goings of the house to the back door. A minor inconvenience for the joy of watching the adults tend to the nestlings and eventually the fledglings once they leave the nest bumbling about the nearby pines as they learn to fly from branch to branch.
- Jun 1, 2019
I will always love sketching with pen and watercolor. I like the look of black line with colorful washes on the page. Last June, however, I took a different approach and dropped the pen for a month going it alone with watercolor. I made lots of messes at first then turned to the inter webs for tips and tutorials. This landscape was a break through moment in learning when to stop. To leave it. To walk away. And also in patience. I'd forgotten that until I flipped my calendar to June. Maybe it's time for another thirty days of watercolor sans pen.
- Mar 11, 2019
You'd be hard pressed to miss the deep red color of a northern cardinal against a backdrop of winter but if you do, the bright whistling tone is sure to catch your ear. Especially late winter when the lengthening light seems to trigger a different type of morning song. The kind that suggests the days of winter are numbered. I heard it about the same time the days finally became noticeably longer a few weeks ahead of meteorological spring and a full month ahead the vernal equinox. I'm counting the days. Are you?
- Jul 4, 2018
After abandoning my sketchbook in May, I decided to take the challenge to paint direct with watercolor everyday in June. I wanted to quit day one. I missed my pen. But I stuck it out and created daily. Many messes were made, many lessons learned. Here’s a handful of the 30 paintings in 30 days. And if you’re interested, Marc Taro Holmes (Citizen Sketcher) issued the challenge. Also, July is world watercolor month and I’m feeling inspired to continue but first I need to make amends with my pen. Stay tuned.