Monday, July 6, 2015

gifts from Bill


Some women love when their husbands bring them bunches of flowers. My own dear man knows me well . . . He brings me interesting bits of nature to sketch! On two occasions last week, he found more unusual mushrooms while mowing and brought them to me.

The first one was brilliant yellow with an earthy-red top but I grabbed a pen loaded with water-soluble ink which darkened my first sketch. The second find was extremely fragile and translucent, something very hard for me to capture.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CANDLES IN THE WOODS

 
In our part of the world one of the native wild flowers is the Navelwort, which starts growing it's round leaves with a navel in the centre early in the year.  In late spring the flowers appear and as it prefers the damp shady soil in the woods they flourish and seem to last for ages.  We see them everywhere on our walks, especially as we favour the cool places during the summer and I was reminded of candles as they glowed in the fresh greenness.  I sketched this yesterday in memory of my sister whose birthday it would have been.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The hummingbird is taking advantage of a sapsucker's work.  The sapsucker has removed some bark from a willow stem, a little at a time.  As a result the willow oozes sap from the 'wells.'  Several other species also enjoy the willow sap.  At the top of the wells a tiny ant sips on the left side of the stem and a female rufous hummingbird hovers as she sips.  Three hummingbirds were regular visitors.  

Monday, June 22, 2015

a bit of lichen


With so much excess rain we not only see fewer mushrooms --- there seems to be less lichen and moss. Which seems curious to me. Fewer dragonflies, with their normal habitat under the flooded lake, but we are seeing a few of them return now. Which is lovely since they eat mosquitoes.

Yesterday was Virtual Sketchcrawl Day and I had planned on going out to sketch something "urban". But we were busy getting ready for another road trip so I only managed to draw this bit of lichen.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WILD FLOWERS FROM NORTHERN SPAIN

 
We've just returned from our summer trip to the north coast of Spain, a beautiful area with rocky coasts and an abundance of wild flowers.  I picked a bouquet of at least 16 varieties and drew these 4 as they were the most unusual.  The yellow one on the left was on the roadside, growing about 2 to 3 feet tall with these strange flattish pods with a small orange flower coming out of the top.

 
As you can probably see I have only named 2 of them and I would love to learn the names of the other 2 so if anybody can help please let me know in the comments.  The white one here on the right grew about a foot tall in a group on it's own.  All drawn in Museum pencils in my mi-teintes sketchbook.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Gardenia - Lin Frye





Journal - plein air pen and wash - my garden gardenia. I'm surprised more blooms weren't killed by this winter's cold ...

Monday, June 15, 2015

BATS!

Dale and I were waiting patiently beside a small pond, waiting for a bald eagle to return.  The eagle was uncooperative, but late afternoon a rather large bat came out of the woods for a drink.  It would circle round and round, then swoop down for a quick drink.  I saw three swoops for a drink and suspect I missed a couple.  The late afternoon sun was so pretty on its delicate wings.