Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Snow Moon

As stated in my previous post, I was a tad excited to capture the full moon rise but horizon clouds got in the way. I had a perfect spot by the marsh picked out and it was close enough that I could walk from our condo.

After dinner, the moon was just rising over the trees out front.  It was way to dark for me to toddle off to my spot by the marsh so I parked my folding chair on the front walk way. A snippet of the first condo building made for a good left corner frame. The buildings have green metal roofs.  When the moon is high overhead the roofs have a wonderful shine.

The name Snow Moon was given to the February moon by Native American tribes in the northeast. Rightfully so, as February is the time of the most snow. I also learned that it's sometimes referred to as Full Hunger Moon.

My quest to find what southeastern tribes called this moon took some digging. The Cherokee tribes territory in Georgia, North and South Carolina didn't really encompass the Coastal Plain of SC. But, they called the February full moon the Bone Moon and held a yearly ceremony to honor the dead. The native tribes of this area were called the Yemassee. Hopefully I'll have more info on them another time.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

February Colors and Observations

This page started as a memory sketch and ended with a plein air watercolor sketch while waiting for full moon to rise on the 18th.

 I've been so taken lately with the contrast of colors in this mid-February and mid-winter landscape. The grasses; both lawn and marsh have reached their most dead and dull coloration. The blue of the water on sunny, blue sky days is absolutely brilliant and such a shock to your eyes. Red maples started to pop a few weeks ago so I splattered some red on the page :)  It will mean nothing to someone who may  thumb through my journal in years to come, but I will know :)

It was a beautiful day on the 18th, in the low 70's... a real tease. I was looking forward to painting the rise of the full moon. The dogs and I went for our afternoon walk around 5. I heard peepers!!! Woo Hoo!

I arrived at my chosen location to capture moonrise a tad early. Luckily it was just a bit away from the condo and when horizon clouds were too thick to see the actual rise, I gave in and return home to fix dinner. I'd much rather paint! I kept going outside to make sure I wasn't missing the moonrise. No....  We ended up eating dinner, cleaning up and then I went outside to paint.  By 8 pm the moon was hanging over the trees on the near horizon. The temperature was in the mid 50's. It was so nice to finally not fight the cold while painting. The image you ask?  It's coming... Another day, another blog post :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Valentine's Message For You








































To all my 'Sisters' of the heart and all my art 'Sisters and Brothers'... Happy Valentines Day!

It was glorious here today.  A tad chilly this morning but by 11 a.m. all I needed was a sweater vest as my jacket. It was breezy but soooooo sunny.  This was our day off and we played outside as much as we could. While Rob practiced hitting golf balls on the range I took a walk with my plein air purse to sketch 'The Sisters' once again. This time plein air and this time for me :)  At 2:30 it was 70 degrees!!

I hope love has, in some way, touched your heart today :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Guess what?

Said to the chant 'The Red Coats are coming......'

The Red Maples are blooming, the Red Maples are blooming!  And, early, too!!   :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Sketchbook Project - Final Update

Here are the final pages. I had to clean these up quite a bit from the original scans. The wrinkled paper and the difficulty I had getting the book to lay flat on the scan bed was a real treat.... Especially at 2 am in the morning :)

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It was late on January 17th when I finished painting/writing. I then had to scan the last pages so that come daylight and a little sleep, I could bind the book into it's pink cover and send it on it's way.... deadline met.

My last words are from the heart after a very long journey.......


And, in it's entirety.......