Friday, May 27, 2011

Red Wings on Blackbirds and Wetland Wonders

I have happily succeeded in getting out and about in nature this week after work with a very talented artist friend (featured below in one of my sketches). As is usually the course when we go a hunting for sketches, we have a great time, and usually bag a few hapless scenes and objects in our sketchbooks before the evening is over (please note, we are unarmed, unless you want to count witty retort as a weapon...). We usually try to go out to a park when we have time to do wart together and this time was no exception; thankfully, the trail we chose was not so water logged that it was impassable and we were able to make our way to a favorite haunt: a small board walk over the neck of a little outlet from a large pond to a little pond. I have featured this spot in part in previous drawings and paintings.

It's a nice marshy area with lots of water, reeds, and very wet, swampy-smelling earth. As we paused there, we a good chance to observe some of the habits of Red-Wing Blackbirds as they flew around over the smaller pond we were facing and hopped amongst the stiffer, dry reeds and cattails. They have a distinctive call that I find soothing in it's familiarity. They did not deign to sit still long enough for me to catch one in a sketch, though, so this description will have to do.

We didn't have a lot of daylight since we had to walk a fair distance to get to our destination and still plan enough time to get back to the car before the sun went down, but below are the two sketches I managed to run off quickly while we were there.

The above sketch is a view from the boardwalk into the smaller pond. The water was high, so it rushed under the boardwalk/bridge with gusto!

A quick sketch of Kristy sketching! I really like how it turned out. ^_^

Monday, May 16, 2011

Oh, Mr. Rain, please hold on in the sky a little longer...

It's a rainy day in my locale as well as cold. However, having lived here for most of my life, I'm used to it and the gloom doesn't get me down. Too much. You learn to live in it. Not that we are all full of angst and depression around here, but you get up, take your daily Vitamin D and move on to the next task (usually in something waterproof). It can be charming though; I especially like listening to thunder and rain in the evening. To me, it's soothing. Now, my cats don't share this perspective, but when I start to gripe about how little average sunlight we've have around here in the last month, etc, I remember that there are places in the world where people don't get full sunlight for six months or other places where it never stops raining for the whole season.

Sure! the grass is greener on the other side, but it could also be infested with locust and The Plague. Who needs that? I'm happy here, thanks.

Speaking of rain, here is a tropical themed sketch:

Sunday, May 1, 2011

It's Spring: Get the Lawn Mower Out!

It's May 1st! Enjoy some Spring themed sketches:

No ramble today! Have a good week. ^_^