Thursday, August 28, 2014


Swallows near de sea. Italy

Sunflower Time

Nature offers so much beauty that it makes me poetic and artistic!


Lapwing Chick

Quick sketch with White Luminance, Chinese white Derwent Pastel, Derwent Studio Golden Brown 59 and blending stump, of a Lapwing chick at night and at day, by Paula Kuitenbrouwer

Lapwing Chick

In a grass-lined hollow, delved from the moor
In a cell within a sandy cell,
Under its watchful parents’ eyes
A lapwing chick breaks from its shell.

There is no time to beg for food,
A lapwing grows up much too soon.
The eye of day is never friend
To lapwings feeding by the moon.

There is no shelter on open moor,
In grassland there are hidden foes;
In grassland there is lapwing prey
Revealed by tapping of the toes.

There is no shelter from above
Danger hangs in the open sky;
Safety comes in lapwings massed
Whose lines and shapes bewitch the eye.

My heart is yours, downy bird
So vulnerable from day of birth;
But you have what I’ll never have –
You know the sky, you know the earth.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sketching Burls

I have to get up in the high country of the Cascade Mountains to find these burls.  Whenever I find them I hope to have tie to draw them.  I was sitting on an old log, lovely summer day, no mosquitoes, and along came a grey jay to see if I had anything to offer.  I'd already fed him quite well when I was eating my own lunch back at the car.  No more goodies left for him.
One more ......

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Autumn Leaves Already?

I was so surprised to see these red leaves.  Makes me wonder what happened to summer.


Friday, August 22, 2014


During our lunch in the garden a short while ago, I noticed this butterfly on the grass.  When I looked more closely I saw that it was dead so picked it up to keep to draw later.  In half an hour the wings had folded themselves right back and I had to carefully prise them open to be able to draw it.  I decided to pin it down so that it stayed in the same position and it's now carefully stored on a piece of foam in an old hair gel pot.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Punica granatum by Linda C Miller

 "Pick up Sticks"
Punica granatum
Watercolor on Paper, 6 x 4 inches
Copyright Linda C. Miller 2014

This piece is called "Pick up Sticks,"  a painting created with two over-lapping branches.  I used 140lb hot press Fabriano traditional white paper.  One of the advantages of using the 140lb paper versus a 300lb weight is that I can manipulate the layers more easily.  I lifted and added color, four times to get this textured effect on the pomegranate fruits.  What is very important is that you allow the paper to dry, completely, before you go back in to manipulate the layered color.

It did dull down a bit because all three primaries are in the element.  So to give it a color lift, I added both Quinacridone gold and red along the way. 

Happy Painting, Linda

Linda C. Miller Artist Naturalist Instructor
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