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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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rose of Sharon - Lin Frye

While I love these pretties in my garden, they sure love to spread their YOUNG EVERYWHERE!!!  In bloom now.

Lin Frye
North Carolina

Saturday, August 16, 2014

After the Rain - Lin Frye

Sketchbook Skool session "Seeing" has ended -- but it has been one incredible, magnificent, learning experience.  I'm still involved with the 75-day Pen challenge posted by Brenda Swensen and will continue my daily pen and wash practices.  I am learning so much and the painting block, thank HEAVENS, has been lifted.

I want to share some of my more 'successful' sketches because I'd like to encourage you to look into the classes the next time they are offered (another session coming soon).

This sketch of mushrooms was painted after all the rain we experienced ... the 'shrooms popped up EVERYWHERE on the property, and I walked around and sketched the varieties I saw ...FUN!

Lin Frye
North Carolina

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pigeon Guillemots

Guillemot in front of a nest crevice
Pigeon Guillemots are funny auk-like seabirds. on fact they are members of the same family.  They are different from most auks in that they nests in crevices rather than in the open, and they usually lay two eggs, rather than one.  They are quite clumsy on land but very acrobatic in the water.  I spent two lovely long afternoons watching a colony of at least thirty guillemots.  It was foggy (deliciously cool) and some were out to sea so it is quite possible the colony is significantly larger.
Two guillemots on a little ledge.  

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