Sunday, May 29, 2011

Full Flower Moon

On the eve of May's full moon, Rob and I were walking the dogs along holes 17 and 18 of the neighborhood golf course when the moon rose above the tree line.  It was so lovely with the reflection on the small pond that runs between the 17th fairway and 18th tee. I decided this is where I wanted to  paint the full moon.

Now, I know the moon rises later each night but somehow didn't think it would be pitch black when it did!  We arrived around 8 pm. I sketched the glow from the sunset.  We waited and waited. I took the golf cart back to the house to get my flashlight. Still no moon.  Finally we saw it peeking from behind the trees. In my boredom I had started to paint the foreground, but in reality when the moon came up the only brightness in the landscape was the reflection on the water, the sky and the clouds around the moon.

Rob was able to capture me painting while holding the flash light.  I'm always amazed at my little camera and what it can pull off :)

Here's what I got done before the bugs got too hungry.

I'm working with watercolor paper that I've cut down to 7.5 x 11 inches and folded these sheets in half. One of these days I need to bind the pages together.

The sunset sketch is on Fabriano HP and the full moon is on Fabriano soft press.  I like lettering on the HP surface the best so I kept that side free for the moon's name.

All of our spring flowers have long since bloomed but I thought the traditional full moon name was appropriate with the Southern Magnolias blooming in all their glory.  I finished off the pages today, adding the magnolia blossom and lettering.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Spring Tide

Revolted this morning and took an hour for me :) I had in mind to create a fresh, airy watercolor like one of my favorite artists, Charles Reid, does.

Well, my heavy pigmented self came out instead :)  Fun to be out plein air painting none the less!

The tides have been especially high the last few days.  There's a full moon tomorrow and it's really pulling some force with the sun on our ocean waters! Spring tides happen at the time of the full and new moons and high tides are extra high and low tides can be extra low. 

The marsh grass is greening but last season's dead purple shoots are all you see at high tide.  Beautiful colors in the marsh these days - especially at low tide.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

New Field Trip Scheduled

 A call to all past students - I finally have a Field Trip scheduled :)

May 18th · 10 am to 2 pm

Where to go? Why the ever so lovely neighborhood of Habersham in Beaufort, SC.
Great Southern architecture, living fences and beautiful grounds.

Gain experience sketching architectural details - great practice for travel journaling. 
Don't worry, there's plenty of Nature's inspiration there, too!

I will demonstrate an easy way to handle perspective and share other techniques.

Space is limited to 10 participants, so please contact me quickly. 
Click here for more information and images from Habersham.

Registration ends May 14th

See photo's from past Field Trips here