Friday, May 31, 2013

Full Flower Moon... a Supermoon

Memory sketches
Last Friday evening while walking the dogs along the cart path on hole 17, the rising moon stole my heart. The high spring tide captured the reflection of this supermoon.  When we returned home, I recreated the scene on my iPad using the Paper 53 app.  I created the image on the right first, but didn't like the sky so proceeded to sketch another on the left.  The calendar called for the moon to be full the next day. To my eye it was looking full already. What I didn't know at that time was technically, the moon would be at it's fullest at 12:30 am.  Only four hours away.
Memory Sketch

The next morning, my internal alarm clock woke me at 5:30 am.  I got up and peeked out the window blinds to see this wonderful site.  I went back to bed with a smile on my face :)

That evening, the moon didn't rise over the trees until 9:15.  We were in the golf cart, and stopped on the cart bridge that leads to the 9th green.  I started this piece plein air but the bugs became too numerous to continue.

I enjoy working with the Paper 53 app. It's so easy to explore possibilities.  I'm still learning so much abut the different tools and mixing colors.  I love how I can make the moon as bright as I see it. Something that's not possible in watercolor.
Started Plein Air, finished at home.
Version II from memory, using a different treatment in the water

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rookery Snippets

On May 14th, I spent about an hour at the rookery sketching while looking through my birding scope and a lot of time just observing the Wood Storks, Great Egrets and Anhinga.

I witnessed storks on the ground playing tug-a-war with a large stick. The winner flew off with it, landed in a large pine and then propped the stick so it balanced while he(?) preened!  It just doesn't get any better than this for me.  I could spend the whole day there being a fly on the wall, so to speak :)

I''m practicing a new-to-me sketching technique.  I'm using my eyes as a camera and hoping the snapshot I take remains in my brain well enough so I am able to capture my subject on paper.  From these initial tries I think I will be building better memory skills, too.

Step one: look.  Step two: close your eyes and turn your head to face your sketchbook.  Step three: very important.... the first thing you look at is your blank paper.  Then you use your recall to sketch what you saw. Wowza, I can't remember anything!!!  Right now, my comfort zone is one eye looking through the scope and for the most part, sketching my subject using the blind contour technique.  But. practice I will. I have the burning desire to capture birds on the wing and this technique will get me there.

The best?  Saw my first ever Roseate Spoonbill!
We have a token Roseate that hangs out with the storks.  It appeared on the ground while I was watching the tug-of-war game.  The RS is a lot smaller than I thought it would be.  This one had the slightest blush of pink on it's wings.  Every now and then a stork would run after it.  Definitely low in the pecking order of the rookery.

The SC Department of Natural Resources (DNR) studies the storks on a weekly basis.  Last week the volunteer that does these studies was able to read a leg band on one of the storks.  It turns out that the stork was banded on Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge..... are you ready?,,,,, 17 years ago!  Cool :)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sunset on the Marsh and Supermoon

The weather has been tops lately.  I love that it is staying light until 8:30 or so.  I've been taking advantage and going for bike rides with a sketchbook tucked in the basket.  Didn't get real far this particular evening.

I stopped on the golf cart bridge that leads to the ninth green and was enthralled with the sunset.  The moon was coming up over my shoulder... What no moon painting you ask? Saving that for another day :)  Mankind has the honor of seeing supermoons three times this summer.  Tonight, June 23rd (the most 'super' of 2013's supermoons), and July 22nd.   So if you've tuned in here late, you still have a chance :)
Here is my page in the almost done phase.  The paper was too wet to continue so I had to keep the journal open in the basket and ride on.  Good timing actually, as the no-see-ums were becoming fierce.

The waxing moon is really bringing in the tide.  I so love it when the high tide is right around moonrise.  Love to capture the moon's reflection in the marsh.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Slipping in a Journal Page

Life is happening a warp speed, but I managed to document our shared Sunday off :)  Initial page was created in pencil, then added watercolor and daily notes later in the day.  It wasn't until I shared this image on FB the other day that I noticed I put the wrong date down.... Now to remember to erase and correct :)

Friday, May 10, 2013

A Field of Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Want a great way to start the day?  Paint a field of wildflowers :)

Sorry for the gray background.  This is a page from a Stillman & Birn 8.5x11 Alpha Series Journal.  So love the paper.  I just need a better setup to photograph the pages within.

Here are some images from the morning....

Monday, May 6, 2013

Round Two, 2013 RBC Heritage Sketches

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A gray morning. I was sitting with my back to the 6th green so I could paint the view of the 3rd green and the 2nd green and fairway.  The Live Oaks made a perfect frame.

I used a pencil to sketch the stands and people, otherwise laid the rest of the elements in with a brush and paint.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Round One, 2013 RBC Heritage Sketches

golf event illustration
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Thursday had perfect weather for the start of the RBC Heritage.

We arrived just after 9 a.m. and hiked to the 14th green.  There we proceeded to park ourselves for the rest of the day.  A tough job, but someone had to do it!

Unbelievable pollen storms.  The wind would blow and the air was yellow!