Saturday, February 18, 2017


A few years ago my daughter gave one of her home grown hellebore plants to put in my garden here in France.  It has survived well and produced lots of babies that are beginning to flower too although they seem to take a couple of years to establish before they bloom.

At the Pond ... Feb 2017

My husband and I parked at a little pond near home and waited patiently for this heron to catch something.  Fortunately for me, the heron was more interested in just standing -- probably digesting already.  It have me a nice opportunity to sketch.
And then we parked in a slightly different spot at the same pond.  This time I sensed my husband wasn't going to stay put for long, so I sketched quickly.  

Friday, February 17, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Daphne - Lin Frye

Journal - Another see-saw of a week, temps falling to 20F at night, rising to 50F and 60F in the daytime. Sat outside and sketched my Sweet Daphne as it begins to bloom...

Lin Frye, North Carolina

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Warm Winter Morning Birding

Spent and hour birding and sketching this morning.  Nothing too exciting, but I always love watching the white-breasted nuthatches forage and the northern harriers float over the fields.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A shadow box from the ground

Hello everybody, glad to be back here...
On my latest lesson I took my students out, and we picked off the ground whatever caught our eye on a winter day. Wild boars had dug out some roots, which made it easier.
Then we went back and planned a composition around the specimens, to create a little "wunderkammer". It makes it more rational and is fun.
This is mine (not particularly detailed)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


"Spatzie" is a nickname used by some people for House sparrows.  These busy little sparrows always make me smile.  They always seem busy and cheerful.  This one was bouncing about in a blackberry bush while I was sketching.  Fortunately for me, this sparrow and his buddies kept coming back to the same bush so I had a lovely opportunity to sit in my car and sketch him on a winter day.