Sunday, August 29, 2010

Maypops - a page of many days

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Much to my delight, I found Maypops on one of our morning dog walks.  The vine was/is growing in a tree and spreading onto the ground near an uncompleted house in our neighborhood.  The vine is quite large but the flowers were not real showy.  Yes, I took a clipping :)  It seems all the vine needed was water as the blooms popped in great fashion!

The pen sketch was done on the 17th around noon.  At 3 pm one blossom started to open and fully opened by 11 pm.  Sorry, can't go to bed just yet..... I must draw and paint this architectural wonder!

I painted the vine a few days later, then as time went on, more color was added.  Saturday I finished up with the calligraphy and called it Done!

I love being able to take my time with journal pages.  They take on a life of their own.  I love the voyage :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

I Won!

I recently started following Notes from the Voodoo Cafe - A blog by Rice Freeman-Zachery.  (Sorry, Rice, I have no idea how to get the two dots above the 'e' in your first name........)

She had a giveaway on August 23rd - right up my ally no less!  The new Strathmore Visual Journals - I've been wanting to try these out.  Rice was unhappy with her results and decided to get another opinion.  Twenty-three journaling artists put names in the hat.  The drawing was today.....  

Stayed tuned for my adventures using these journals.  Testing one, two, three.....  I love trying new art supplies :)

Beautyberry Time

The golf course in my neighborhood was closed for maintenance the other day.  This means the dogs and my mid-morning walk could include the cart path where the American Beautyberry bushes line the side.  I took a small clipping from a bush so could make a watercolor sketch in the studio.  Too hot and way tooooo many mosquitoes for this girl to even think about parking herself down to sketch.

The fruit of the Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana L., is consumed by more that 40 species of songbirds!  White-tailed deer will also eat the leaves when their preferred foods are scarce.  No sign of deer munching on these bushes.  My favorite book, Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses, also notes that Bobwhite, Raccoon, Virginia Opossum and Nine-banded Armadillo also consume the fruit.

I found another new-to-me shrub/tree to sketch too.  My pockets were bulging with clippings :) Still working on that sketch :)  Till next time....

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Full Sturgeon Moon

Full Sturgeon Moon
Originally uploaded by PJBee
Lots of names for this full moon! My own is Moon of Many Bugs! This is a real quick wc sketch - perhaps 10 minutes. Between the wee bugs attracted to the book light and the mosquitoes that were licking the bug spray then biting....... I finished up the written word today in the comfort of my studio :)

I had no idea what a Sturgeon looked like - wow!  They can get huge!  Very prehistoric looking, too!

The August moon was dubbed 'Sturgeon' by the Algonquian Indians, as they found these fish most readily caught during this time of year.  Some tribes also called it Full Red Moon because it looks reddish through the sultry haze.  It's surely been sultry but our moon was more yellow than red.

The English name: Grain Moon is related to harvest and the Green Corn Moon is referenced in the moon names of the Eastern Woodland and Southeast Native American Tribes for the ripening of corn crops.

There was just enough daylight left to distinguish the marsh from the trees.  The cloud cover didn't offer any moonlight!  We drove the golf cart to the 9th tee box for this view over the marsh toward the 18th.  I love the view from here and am looking forward to capturing this scene in the fall when the marsh turns a lovely orange gold.

When we returned home, the moon broke through the clouds.  Rob was able to capture this image.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dog Daze of August

In keeping with the hot weather here in the South Carolina low country I thought I'd literally bring you dogs days.

Here are some sketches of our hounds done with General's Sketch & Wash pencil.  Please pardon the scans.  These sketches are from 2005 when we were still living in NY.  The paper is very wavy and I found if I tried to get the shadows out in photoshop, that I lost a lot of the details.

I made these sketches of Grizz and Dudley  as they lounged on the pontoon boat.

 Here are the little sweeties in the flesh.  They invented the word 'spoiled.'

It's all about comfort, heat, sunshine, food, treats and lots of walks......

And, let's not forget about toys!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Pelicans at Fish Haul Creek Park

Pelicans Fish Haul Creek Gazebo
Originally uploaded by PJBee
A real treat today. Rob and I went to Fish Haul Creek Park on HHI, SC. It was a rainy morning but as we made our way there, the sky started to brighten.

We sought shelter at the park's gazebo. To our surprise, a huge flock of pelicans were covering a sandbar in Port Royal Sound. We'd never seen that many brown pelicans grounded before.

This is the view of the sandbar once we walked to the beach.  Luckily the rain didn't last for long. 

 Ah yes, a great place for a home!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Awaiting the Perseids Meteor Show

Spirits were high. Anticipation to see a possible 50 meteors per hour great.  The sunset was divine....

We saw two or three meteors streak the sky at 11 p.m.
Off to bed we went, alarm clock set for 5:15 a.m.

My internal clock woke me before the alarm - excitement is such a wonderful thing.  Out the door I went.  I offered to let Rob stay snug as a bug just incase - no sense 2 of us getting up at this way too early hour :)

Clouds!  All over the place!  What happened to Red Sky at Night, Sailors Delight?  Arughhhhh!  Okay, I'll check again in half an hour.

Amazing what can happen in a half an hour.  Sunrise was scheduled for 6:44.  Out I went just before 6 a.m.
The clouds had moved on, but the sky was way to light.  Sigh.......

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Don't Miss the Perseid Meteor Shower This Week!

Okay all you night owls and early risers.... The night sky has a great show this week and the crescent moon will set early enough so viewing will not be hampered.  Peak activity for the Perseids is August 12th - 13th and peak viewing time is just before dawn with approximately 50 meteors per hour!

For more information on meteor showers check out this great site that gives Tools, Tips and 'Save the Dates' info for viewing the best meteor showers of the year.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Early Morning

In an attempt to beat the heat, sun and golfers, the dogs and I were out just after 7 a.m.

We walked down holes 18 and 17.  Had to have my marsh-in the-morning fix :)

This is the second morning I've seen these wavy tracks running from marsh to pond over the 17th fairway.  Mr. Turtle?

I get sucked right in to morning mist on the marsh.  So why am I not painting this?

Wait and see :)

The dogs are ever so good waiting for me.  I soooooo love my little digital camera :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Evening Dog Walk Delights

The hounds and I picked the perfect time of evening to walk.... the time of the long shadows.

While I really enjoy our walks together I sure was wishing I could be sitting and trying to capture these scenes on paper!!

I soooo love the glow of the Spartina at this time of day.

Along with the Ibis, an adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron and 2 juvies! They are tough to see - talk about blending with your environment!

This is one of my favorite views of the marsh along #17 fairway.

On the way back home, a Barred Owl flew overhead.
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