Monday, June 8, 2009

A Trip to the Mail Box.....

Sometimes, this student of nature, just can't stick with her well- intentioned daily 'to do' list. But, how often do you run across a brave anole, that could give a rip about you being a zillion times bigger than he is, and just continues hunting bugs 2 inches from your toes? I ask you!?!

He was even good enough to stick around while I dropped the mail off in the house and grabbed my sketching supplies! There I was, sitting on the concrete driveway, trying to capture the essence of this lizard. I'd talk to him (yes, it's a male - he flashed his substantial throat fan, bobbed his head and did push-ups during this territorial dispute. They also display their throat fan during courtship.... no, I wasn't wearing my lizard outfit! Sorry, couldn't resist sick nature humor!)

This whole sketching exercise lasted 5 - 10 minutes. He moved far to quickly to stick with pencil and pen. Out came the waterbrush and travel set of watercolors. I'd load the waterbrush up with color and try to capture his body in one stroke. The legs were a bit problematic; he didn't seem to get the concept of the word 'stay!'

Of course, I had the best observations of the anole on my initial trip to the mail box. I think it's time to purchase a very small moleskin sketchbook to keep in my pocket!

Today, June 8th, is the inaugural World Ocean Day!

I just discovered that last year the United Nations General Assembly declared that beginning today, World Ocean Day is to always be celebrated on June 8th!

Katherine Tyrrell, a very talented artist and information guru has posted an intensive, interesting blog post regarding World Ocean Day, that will knock your socks off. Please, please take a look. This year's theme is Our Oceans, Our Responsibility.

Thank you, Katherine, for all your research!