Sunday, November 27, 2011

Moon Convergence with Planet Venus

One of the many reasons I love our dogs is that they have to be walked. So many sights I would have missed if not outside with them.

This is a memory sketch of yesterday's celestial happening. You can see it this evening, too :)
Look in the western sky not too long after sunset. The new Moon is a little over two days old and is only visible for a short time around sunset.

Friday, November 25, 2011

And the Winner Is....

Kate, from Letterplay :)  Congratulations, Kate!!  Please email your snail mail address to pjbartstudio(-at-)hargray.com.

Thank you everyone for inquiring where you can purchase the calendar. I originally made a few up for Christmas presents at our local Staples and decided to offer one here.  I'm now working quickly and will offer 2012 calendars either through Zazzle or Lulu. Please watch for updates!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

2012 Calendar GiveAway

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Oh, what fun! This 11 x 17 inch wall calendar contains all my favorite journal pages :-) It's printed on heavyweight paper with a mat finish that's perfect for writing on.

I've titled it, 'A Low Country Sketchbook', and hope that the lucky winner loves it as much as I do!

Along with traditional holidays that come with the base calendar, I've added Full and New Moon monthly dates as well as other celestial events.  In doing so, I've found that I have a full moon on my birthday! I'm tickled pink :-)

Just leave a comment that you'd like to be entered into the Thanksgiving Day drawing.  The winner will be announced on Black Friday.... shop 'til you drop day :-)

I'm very grateful to all my faithful readers! Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 11, 2011

An 11.11.11 Thank You

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This shell will always have a special place on our bookshelves.
It's a memento from my Dad's Basic Training days at Parris Island.

He wrote the date on the shell. I can see him walking the shoreline of Port Royal Sound and finding this treasure as he contemplated his next steps into WWII.

I've been wanting to preserve the shell as a journal sketch for the longest time. I can't think of a better day... a more special day than today... to honor it forever :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Black-crowned Night Heron Juvi

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It was a sunny, crisp morning. The wind kicked up a bit and the dogs were frisky in the cooler temps. On the way back from our morning walk I spotted five Great Egrets and a couple of Black-crowned Night Heron juvi's roosting in the trees along the pond near our home.

I hurried the dogs into the house as I knew I needed to give myself a treat before I spent this beauty of a fall day indoors.... 

Today is the day I get to purge and reorganize  my studio to make way for an elliptical. I'm so looking forward to exercising but really not in the mood to go through my ever growing pile of papers.  I think I inherited the piling syndrome from my Mom. The art of procrastination.... well, I developed that all by myself!

A few minutes later, art bag, bins and chair in tow, I found only a couple of night herons and an Anhinga left in the trees. No matter. Plenty of visual goodies to choose from.

I added the pen work and white feather dots after I moved the furniture around in my studio. Now I'm taking a break from the purge....  a girl has to have some fun :)

Have a great weekend and don't forget to turn your clocks back tonight!