Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Charlie Jay

The dogs and I were blessed again by a visit from Charlie, the Blue Jay.

Out of the woods he flew to a sign post not 3 feet away.  I greeted him warmly and tapped my shoulder to see if he'd perch there.  Charlie tried, but I had a hat on and it fumbled his attempt.

I happened to have my camera with me.  The dogs somehow know when they need to be real quiet.  I managed to get a few pics - even though some are not quite focused properly.

I then held out my hand and up he flew and perched right on my forearm.

I sooooooo wanted a picture of this but would have had to drop the dog's flexi leashes.....Not!   

A couple in a golf cart drove slowly up and stopped to see the fun.  At that time, Charlie took up his post perch.  But when I called him to my hand again, up he flew..... much to the delight of the on lookers :)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Adding to an Old Journal Page

In my previous post "Thank you PlantGal" I told of the story about after more than a year since my "Beard- tongue Or? post, I finally received an answer to an ID question!  

Now to finish the journal page with the correct plant name!  

Well, I didn't leave a whole lot of room for any additions!  The page is in an AquaBee Super Deluxe 6 x 9 sketch book.  I didn't want to crowd type on the left side as the wire spine would make the page difficult to scan.
As you can see, I chose to squish the new data onto the right side :) It feels so good to get an answer and finish a page!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Early May Sketches

 On the north end of Hilton Head Island is a lovely place called Jarvis Creek Park.  I like to visit and sketch the pond and it's surroundings.

There is a dock for fishing with big signs saying 'Do not feed the alligators.' In fact, these signs are posted all along the shoreline.  No fresh water swimming in the low country for sure!

I chose to sit on the dock and while making a watercolor pencil sketch of the far shore, a Cormorant flew in and perched about 10 feet to the right.  I love urban wildlife.  They've become used to we humans and know when to trust.

I had to capture the moment and chose a Koh-i-noor Magic pencil.  What fun to have all those colors in one colored pencil!

The day after Jarvis Creek was the 'Day at the Beach' field trip I conducted for past workshop attendees.

We arrived to overcast and foggy conditions.  You could barely make out the far shore across Port Royal Sound.  The top sketch is a demo on how I would handle a bleak, foggy landscape with watercolor pencils.

Eventually, the fog and clouds lifted making for quite a different scene.  I tried to tie to two sketches together with borders and type, but overall I'm disappointed with the page.  Sometime I'm more concerned with the demo itself and not how it relates to the page.  Note to self:  think about all elements first! :)

On the way home I paid a visit to Old South Golf Links.  This is the view from the club house porch.

There are usually lots of Egrets, Herons, Anhinga and Cormants on the shoreline but not today.  The back blur on the left is a grouping of 3 Anhinga that flew in toward the end of my visit.  I did see an Osprey fly over but no Red-shouldered Hawk this time.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Thank You PlantGal!!

Last April I posted this field sketch entitled Beard-tongue Or ?

I'm happy to say that today I received an answer to my question about the name of this plant.

It has a square stem and the Beard-tongue description almost fit, but not.......

PlantGal hit the mark.  It's...............(drum roll)...........
Lyre-leaved Sage! (Salvia lyrata)  I feel so much better now.  A journal page can be completed :)

It also goes by: Cancer Weed.

Monday, May 3, 2010

May Day 2010

A lovely day in the low country. I spied these blue-flag iris and had to stop and sketch them. The surprise was finding mock strawberries at my feet :) They were quite a good size and it puzzled me at the wild strawberries I'm used to were teeny.

My wildflower guide cleared up the mystery. These plants were actually introduced from India and are not part of the strawberry family. It goes on to say that the fruits appear edible but are actually flat and tasteless. I'm glad I didn't try one. I would have been really bummed.

I painted the flowers plein air then added the calligraphy at home.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Full Pink Moon • Full Fish Moon

Full Fish Moon • Full Pink Moon

This is a memory sketch of April's full moon. The day prior, of and after, I saw this wonderful aura with and without my glasses. Rob didn't see it at all - perhaps for my eyes only?? Did anyone else see the aura?

I used to see lots of wild phlox blooming along the roadsides in western NY. I wonder if it is blooming now? I didn't find any here. The name 'Pink Moon' is in honor of the phlox as it's the most widespread wildflower blooming at this time according to the Farmer's Almanac full moon names.

Fish Moon honors the April moon as the time when Shad would swim upstream to spawn. What is Shad? Had to look this fish up. It's in the Herring family and according to Wikipedia, Shad was an important food source back in the 1700's. Now the rivers and waterways are so polluted that the Shad population has really decreased.