Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Windmill Palm Sketch

Sketched a friends Windmill Palm yesterday.  It had fruit all over it.

And, on the funny side, this is all that's left to my General's sketch and wash pencil.  Amazing how much a pencil holder helps :)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Round 3 • Verizon Heritage

4.17.10 Round 3 SnippetsThis was our last day at the golf tournament.  Picture perfect weather and the Saturday crowd was ready to watch golf and unwind from the work week.

Rob and I decided to visit all of our favorite spots.  I wanted to capture a feel of the day and decided to create snippets from each location.

I created the date block first, then worked left to right on the spread. I had no real plan but each vignette seems to belong where it is. Thank you, Lord!

Please click on the image for a larger view.

Round 2 • Verizon Heritage

Oh, look! I actually tried to sketch people!!! Ha! My apologies to Mathew Goggin, Steve Elkington and Rickie Fowler :)  

No.13 Green • Round 2
I sat in the top of the bleachers and sketched the landscape in pencil. Added this group of players, then painted away. Finished up with a Micron pen.

This is the 13th green at Harbour Town. One of our favorite spots to watch golfers as it's so picturesque. I normally sketch the background trees from the 14th green side but decided to live on the wild side and add humanity :)

Round 1 • Verizon Heritage

No.6 green Live OakThis is a teeny, tiny artist trading card. I didn't feel like creating an entire journal page and was happy to find the cards in my sketch bag.

I am enamored with the live oak that watches over the number 6 green on the Harbour Town Golf LInks. I've many sketches of this beautiful being.

This rendition was created with watercolor pencils, no prior pencil sketch.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It's Verizon Heritage Golf Tournament Time Again

Tuesday was practice day for the golf pros.  Rob and I arrived late morning and immediately went to one of our favorite spots on the Harbour Town Golf Links - the convergence of #2 green, #3 tee, #6 green and #7 tee.

This year I parked myself behind the #7 tee box and watercolor sketched (no pencil) the par 3 scene. Then I concentrated on getting autographs from favorite golfers :)  I print their names near their signatures because, as you can see, they all write like doctors :)

Today was the Pro Am.  This time we sat near #8 green.  I was just starting this watercolor sketch when Matt Kuchar came along.  He was the first to autograph today.

I love being able to converse with the players.  The atmosphere is so relaxed.

Back again tomorrow - maybe I'll try putting people in my sketches!!  :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bay Street in Beaufort, SC

One point of Bay Street in Beaufort, SC runs along side of the Beaufort River.  The bank has stately Live Oaks and on the other side of the street are beautiful historic homes.  The view is sooooooo darn wonderful  you want to pinch yourself to make sure you're not in a dream.

I was able to take a break here last Wednesday.  The breeze was a tad strong off the river but the air was ever so lovely while I sat perched on my stool trying to capture a small piece of the beauty.  I always feel like I'm home when I drive down this street - I'm just grateful I don't have to pay the mortgage on any one of the historic homes there :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Understanding Water Quality in the Low Country

Those who have followed my blog for a while know that when we moved to South Carolina, I studied to become a Master Naturalist in the low country.  I wanted to know what made this area tick.  Now, one of my joys is sharing the often overlooked natural wonders that surround us here.

Beaufort County is over 50% water!  Visitors to the area want to move here and enjoy this environment.  We all must be stewards to the land and water.  Every little bit we can do, will help.

Here is a great series of short videos produced by our local paper 'The Island Packet.'  Please give it a look, you'll view everyday life differently :)  Water quality in the low country of South Carolina.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sea Pine Forest Preserve Field Trip

Great fun today at the Forest Preserve.  The weather, while not as warm as predicted, was real good.  A bit of a breeze that kept our sweaters on, and high thin clouds that made for cooler temps but, after the unusually cold winter we had it was soooooo nice to see the wild flowers and trees popping.  Yellow pollen is everywhere!  Usually at this time of year, the wild flower field is full of poppies.  We saw only 3 or 4 plants.

Here are some images of our day.  The first is my demo as we sat above the wild flower field. The ink sketch of everyone (thank goodness you don't know any of these people 'cause they don't look like this! :) is at our second location.

Over looking wildflower field, looking toward bridge

Gator sunning along the pine pollen covered shoreline and water

Our second location along Lake Mary shoreline

Pine pollen makes everything yellow this time of year.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Nature Joys

Today  was wildlife day. We had beautiful 80 degree, sunny weather and saw an eagle, red-shouldered hawk, laughing gulls, pie-billed grebe, common moorhen, lots of cardinals and blue birds and..... dragon flies - the first of the season for me.  One was a Saddlebag, the others perhaps Emeralds.

About a month ago, I met a couple on the Cypress Boardwalk, while walking the dogs.  They asked if I'd seen a blue jay hanging around.  Actually, I'd never seen one along the trail.  Apparently, this jay was quite friendly and would visit with them and sit on their shoulders! They called him Charlie.

Tonight, on the sidewalk just before the trail, I heard a load squawk and looked up into a cut-back Crepe Myrtle tree and saw a blue jay!  It kept talking to me and I realized this must be Charlie.  As soon as I said its name he flew to a branch right by my head!  The dogs were good and Charlie and I chatted :)  What a treat!