Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Celebrating the Harvest Moon and Autumnal Equinox II

Ofttimes, when I choose a subject or specimen to paint in my journal, the journey to the completed page takes many roads. Journal...... journey....
Hmmmmmm. Kind of goes hand in hand, don't you think?

I wanted to paint this unique Harvest Moon at a very special location. Spring Island immediately came to mind.
It's a 3000 acre nature preserve and residential community in the heart of the SC low country.

I'm very partial to this little piece of heaven on earth. I first visited the island, in 2007, as a visiting artist, teaching nature journaling. It is also where I studied to be a SC Master Naturalist. In 2009 I was fortunate to be invited back to conduct a second workshop. This past spring, I was asked and became the Spring Island Trust's Visiting Artists Program Coordinator. Pinch me, I think I'm in heaven :) We are entering the busy season for events - thus my blog postings aren't as numerous.  Somehow, as you age, the days get shorter and shorter :)

The above scene is the view from the 18th fairway. Rob and I were wondering if the clouds were going to break open enough to view the moon's rise. It was a lovely evening. The long shadows were sliding over the marsh grass. A sailboat was out on the Chechessee River heading toward Port Royal Sound. Clouds were turning this amazing shade of orange! And, flocks and flocks of White Ibis and quite a few Wood Storks flew over, heading to the Island's rookery.

As sunsets do, all the colors in the sky disappeared and boom, the Harvest Moon in all its glory peeked out! There were soooo many clouds moving quickly that I decided to do three vignettes - all in 8 minutes! 
Sketching was cut short as the sprinklers on the fairway were starting to cycle.  Fortunately, at that moment, not near us! We decided to move farther into the waste bunker - surely they wouldn't water there.....  I dropped my paint tin, upside     down,   in   the    sand.  Thank goodness, no sand collected in the colors I was using :)

I love it when Rob is with me on these outings.  He's the photographer in the family.  RIT graduate with a photo science degree - and he still remembers all the technical stuff!  Oh, to have half of his memory capacity :) At first, he felt a tad encumbered with my totally automatic camera. He'd much rather have his larger SLR and big lens, set on manual no less! He made it work and I've got some great reference shots to finish these sketches with.
At 7:45 p.m. the mosquitoes were about to fly away with us.  No bites, the bug spray was holding, but our arms were very busy swishing them away from our faces. An evening well spent. Journaling always makes me feel like I've been away on a vacation. Refreshed once again :)

I first learned this year's Harvest Moon and Autumnal Equinox were to coincide a couple of weeks ago. Wow! How special and what a treat for my Full Moon Series! Here are links to some very interesting information.

Astronomer Ed Murphy from UVa discusses the Autumanl Equinox and how leap days came into being.


Wikipedia - Equinox info

Christian Science Monitor  article about moon on fall equinox

Seasons & Dates for 2010

Sun and Moon rise/set dates

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Celebrating the Harvest Moon and Autumnal Equinox I

What a treat to celebrate this special event!

I made special painting plans for the 23rd but couldn't ignore the 22nd.  This is the same location that I painted from during last month's full moon.

You can truly say the Harvest Moon lights up the sky.  Mate it with the Autumnal Equinox and holy cow! Very scientific, huh?  :)

I did 3 quick watercolor sketches at this location. I added the calligraphic type today.  

The clouds, while not many, were changing shapes quickly.  The second sketch isn't really accurate as the moon was much higher in the sky. I do love the shape of the clouds, though :)  

The third sketch......... well, the mosquitoes were attacking at full force. Here is what I managed to get down on page.

Please click on the image so that you may read the copy.

I put more definition in the moon's face and added the yellows in the clouds later that evening.... from the comfort of my front porch. No bugs, thank you very much!

Today was finish journal pages day.  A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon - all quiet and meditative in my studio. Husband and dogs fast asleep on the sofa. The golf tournament that he soooo wanted to see on the television...... He did wake up for the finish.  That's what's important.  Yeah, Jimmy!  Great win!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Full Moon and Eqiunoxes


There's something special happening next week! According to Answers.com, an event that takes place every fifteen years or so!  Drum roll.............. A Full Moon on the Equinox

You all know I love watercolor sketching full moons.  What a treat this will be!  Mark your calendars, be there or be square :)  Thursday, September 23rd.  Dance in the moonlight and celebrate the Autumnal Equinox and the Full Harvest Moon!

Yes, that's right.... The Harvest Moon.  The Farmer's Almanac says that the full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox is the Harvest Moon.  In fact, two years out of three the Harvest Moon is in September.  Last year it was in October and pictured to the left is a snippet from the sketch I did overlooking the May River.

What location to choose for next week's sketch?  Hmmmmmmm....... Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Blog News!

I've three new items to share.  One you may have already checked out, but just in case......

I decided it was high time to take advantage of the tab feature that Blogger offers.  Just under my banner are three tabs: Home, Field Trips and Workshops.  Home is the page you are on right now and features blog posts on the left and lots of info in the right column.

The Field Trips tab takes you to a page that has images of past field trips my workshop students and I have gone on and during the fall, winter & spring months, will list upcoming trips to register for.  Remember, you must be a past student in order to sign up.

Workshops - you guessed it, information about the workshops I offer.  I'm very excited about the new 'On Demand' Illustrated Journaling Workshops.  If you're planning a trip to Hilton Head Island or the Beaufort area, we can design an art vacation for you!  I have listed two possible workshop themes as a starting point.  We can customize!

Last, but not least, I've a new card shoppe!

When you scroll down the right panel of this blog page, you will come across a widget that says PJBee's Card Shoppe.  Just click the yellow 'Buy Cards' tab and away you'll go to my shoppe at Greeting Card Universe.  I'm very new at this.  If you, too, are interest in selling cards, check them out.

I currently have 12 card designs in my shoppe.  Most are blank notes but I do have a 'Thinking of You' card and a Christmas card.  More to come!

Thanks for checking out my new offerings!!