... hopefully we'll get some this year. I think it's beautiful and I love the dampening effect it has on reality: everything gets so quiet.
Took a few photos last time we had significant snow here--two winters ago? maybe three! The photos actually don't look like much: all very gray and without strong contrasts. But that gives me a chance to work on my grays.
My kitchen window ... thinking about a painting. Maybe.
Found a little branch of dried up oak leaves in the yard on Thanksgiving. Did a pen drawing just to observe the shapes ... But I think the "feel" of them would probably be best captured in sumi-style painting. Something I'd like to try ...
Last week a woman in one of the online classes I attend passed away suddenly after a brief illness The people in the class have been painting together for a long time, and they were all devastated. I'm the newcomer but I will miss her too: her kindness and sweet smile, her beautiful, elegant paintings.
The homework this week: paint a floral and, in the spirit of generosity and friendship that defined Connie, gift it to a friend.
The last few weeks my yard has been full of active little yellow-rumped warblers. My attempt to depict one, above, is a little fanciful, though they are gray and brown with black and white wing bars and a streaky breast.
I painted this on some hot press paper I found. May try again on CP.
Painted these last night in a Zoom class with Oregon artist Ronna Fujisawa. (Check out her website: SaltyWaterArt.com.) I like Ronna's approach: it's very direct, painterly, and stress-free!
I never would've attempted a snowy owl--all those markings!
I worked on two at a time because I have a tendency to paint too wetly and this way I can bounce back and forth. Though even so the paper was too wet sometimes ... but it's all right. Painting these owls was
very engrossing and fun.
Also beginning to work on making sketches of local birds-- wouldn't call the snowy owl local but they have been seen here!--that I can transfer to watercolor paper to paint with different backgrounds.
Spent last week camping on the beach with friends. Third year. Each year we vow to do art every day, but then we don't! The time is taken up with walking, biking, kayaking, and eating and drinking around the campfire.