Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Back to Shell Island

Yesterday we were at one of my favorite spots on the Oregon coast, Shell Island overlook near Charleston.  There was hardly any wind, calm ocean, and about 1500 sea lions, plus a mix of harbor seals and elephant seals.  We were in no hurry to to move on so I had time to sketch and paint, first the eagle

and then the elephant seals ... its courting time for the elephant seals.

When I sat down to post this I had to laugh at myself because I was pretty sure I've posted the same eagle on the same rock in years past.  At least I hope it is the same eagle.  Bald eagles live for many years and use the same territory year after year.

So I went looking to see if I really had posted the eagle.  I realized immediately that finding them on Nature Sketching was too difficult, but I did find both on my blog ... and just for the fun of it, here they are:
A stormy sea in November 2013.
A quiet, damp day in December 2012.  I was having difficulty getting my paint to dry.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

FALL LEAVES by Linda C. Miller

  Liriodendron tulipifera, Liquidambar styraciflua, Nyssa sylvatica and Cornus florida

I just love this time of year!  
Here are my new works painted in watercolor.  The leaves were traced but the dogwood or Cornus florida, was drawn from life.  I now tape my specimens to a white foam core board.  This helps with seeing the positive and negative shapes and with a little bit of tape you can create a pleasing composition too!


My sister-in-law in England has been looking out for mushrooms for me to draw and here's what she found yesterday, an amethyst deceiver.  I love the way the leaves surrounding it seem to reflect the mauve of the fungus.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Two Nature Subjects

While walking I found a variegated leaf that was fun to paint but I had no idea what it was from.   I googled it and think it is either from an ivy or a geranium. 
The right side of the journal page is a life cycle of the Mexican Bird of Paradise from bloom to seed pod.
Nature is so interesting!


Friday, November 14, 2014


It's been such a dry warm summer this year that the mushrooms around here are rather late appearing, although I did see a clump of the red spotty ones that I normally collect a specimen from just too late as they had been destroyed by somebody kicking them over.  These very delicate specimens were growing in the grass at the campsite we stayed at recently near Mont St Michel.  They grew in a day in the grass and were very pretty to draw with their pleated tops and pale mauvy grey undersides.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bringing Back an Indian Summer Day

A month ago today.... fun in the sun.

This is a plein air entry into my water-themed Stillman and Birn Beta journal.

Watercolors, waterbrush, micron pen.

Calendula Pot Marigold (Calendula Officinalis) - Maree

This plant sprang up between my Marigolds, I've never had them in my garden, and at first I wasn't sure what it was, but upon investigation found that it is also a Marigold and a bit different to my 'normal' Marigolds, which are French Marigold (Tagetes), an American native in the same family as the daisy. This Calendula officinalis or Pot Marigold  is edible and often appears on lists of attractive edible flowers. Most French marigold varieties are not edible, although I have mixed some of the petals in with my salads. Maybe it will seed and I'll have more this season.