Saturday, December 10, 2016

Irish fields

I love Ireland, and its green, green fields. I like standing there sketching what I see, listening to the birds cawing, making out the jackdaws from the crows by their calls. These were carrion crows. As I was drawing the fog descended and by the time I finished the trees on the horizon were not visible anymore. So beautiful.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Autumn leaves

I waited for days to sweep up the leaves in the garden while the rain fell and the winds blew and eventually realised that they had all blown away over the hedge.  The only leaves left were lodged under the shrubs and a blackbird was busy scattering them all over the grass again in his search for worms!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Pond Sketches

I was busy sketching the top cormorant at our local 'duck pond' when a second cormorant flew in, partially displacing the first.  I really like the gesture of the two of them together and wanted to capture it before things changed .... so I superimposed the two.  I like how it turned out, even though it was just a matter of grabbing the instant rather than a planned process.

and here is another from that day:

Monday, November 21, 2016


I found a beautiful clump of Amanita Muscarias on the road to the beach and on our way home I picked up a fallen one to bring home to draw.  I added the super moon  the next day after catching a glimpse before the clouds covered it for the night!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Season of Squashes - Lin Frye

Journal -- This time of year I am absolutely in love with squashes! Small pumpkins, large jack-o-lanterns, gnarled and bumpy ones .... they mirror the colors of the leaves ... and say FALL!

Lin Frye, North Carolina

Monday, November 14, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Great Egret

Now that winter is settling in, our egrets are back for the winter.  They don't nest here, but alway come back for the easy pickings of little frogs and big night-crawlers.  This was was sketched while it rested on a post at our local duck pond.