Tuesday, June 30, 2015


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


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


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.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

some baby oak leaves

While on a morning walk with Ceilidh this week, I noticed these very small leaves on a new branch of an oak tree. They were beginnjng to green up nicely, but first they had a burnt orange-red tinge . . . a hint of autumn color to come.

This small sketch is Noodler's red-black ink (water-soluble) and watercolor on blue Bockingford Tints 140 lb. watercolor paper.