Monday, October 3, 2011

Fish Haul Creek Park

At long last a few hours away that made me feel like I've had an entire weekend getaway!

Fish Haul is on Hilton Head Island and borders Port Royal Sound. It's a birder's paradise and an ecological wonder. Every SC Low Country Master Naturalist class gets a field trip here and is warned not to get stuck in the pluff mud.

When Rob and I arrived just before 5 p.m., the tide was on its way out. I set up my chair facing east and reached in my bag for my supplies when I discovered I'd left my travel watercolor palette at home! Luckily the Pentel pocket brush, Micron pen and waterbrushes were there.  A black and white page was not what I had in mind on this beauty of an autumn day, but it did give me a chance to finally play with the Pentel brush. 

We spent about an hour on the beach. The receding tide moved out quickly and shorebirds that had settled on the highest ground at high tide took flight several times, moving farther out into the Sound, landing on newly visible shoals. Pelicans, gulls and skimmers filled the sky! Great Egrets started to collect just past the large rock eddy. They know there's good fishing in shallow tidal pools :)

I love the time of the 'long shadows.' The colors of the marsh grass, ocean and sky were incredible... so many shades of green and blue. But, oh the bugs! AT 5:45 p.m., it was as if someone turned on the bug switch. Boom! They were everywhere. No-seeums, mosquitoes and whatever... Dang.  Driven off by insects.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Signs of Autumn in the Low Country

Spartina alterniflora
Here in the low country of South Carolina, our trees do not rush to change their leaves to the colors of orange, yellow, red, burgundy and purple we so love in Autumn. For that matter, Mother Nature doesn't abruptly turn the temperature down either!

Telltale signs that the hot, humid days of summer are finally going to come to a close revolve around the shortening of daylight, the observation of Hickory and Oak tree's bounty of fruit, Beautyberry and Sparkleberry bush's berry colors changing from green to magenta and black respectively, Devil's Walking Stick tree and Poke Weed fruit formation, and best of all, the color change of the cord grass in the salt marsh.

It seem's like just yesterday the smooth cord grass, Spartina alterniflora, turned it's beautiful, almost electric green. Over the last couple of weeks I've begun to note a plethora of greens and both raw and burnt sienna tones evolving. Altogether a feast for the eyes :)

Now that the Autumnal Equinox is upon us, what changes are you noticing in your neck of the woods?

In the above plein air sketch, I used Derwent watercolor pencils in an AquaBee Super Deluxe Sketchbook. It may have taken all of 10 minutes, but as I painted the below canvas in my studio, I could still feel the warm morning air and recall the smell of the pluff mud where the Great Egrets, Wood Storks and Ibis love to dine.

What's for Breakfast?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Harvest Moon Eve and 9-11 Anniversary

I listened to the reading of the names of those who lost their lives ten years ago. Like the moon, your light will always shine. You will be remembered.

Thank you to all those who met this attack head on and saved lives.

Thank you to those who worked in the rubble day after day, not thinking of the hazards.

Thank you to all that have rebuilt the holes in our country, that we may feel hope.

Thank you, troops for your sacrifice and courage, that we may remain free, rebuild and keep praying and working toward  harmony for our world.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Harvest Moon and 9/11

Harvest Moon 2010
Sunday, September 11th and Monday, September 12th, one of the most popular lunar events of the year takes place. The Harvest Moon :)

The name "Harvest Moon' is given to the Full Moon that's closest to the Autumnal Equinox. Sometimes it falls in early October. Other names for this moon are Fruit, Corn and Singing (Celtic) Moon.

Interestingly, the Harvest Moon rises closer to the same time on these two nights and right around sunset! Before automation and electric lights, farmers used the brightness of this Full Moon to continue the harvesting of their crops well into the night.

Now, y'all know I've been painting Full Moons for a couple of years. I can't seem to stop, nor do I want to :) I'm fully immersed into my Moon Journey © and am very thankful for discount book buying options. My already full library is in need of culling so I can find a place for these moon book purchases :)

I love reading about moon lore, how different cultures celebrate the moons travels across our sky and most fun of all is learning how ancients lived in harmony with nature and lunar cycles. Yup, I'm immersed :)

This is one of the many reasons I love Nature Journaling. My early artistic creations revolved around painting landscapes. As I sat outside sketching and painting, I began to take note of the vegetation around me, then the birds and insects... on and on, deeper and deeper my art and soul have explored the wonders around me. The connection I feel to the natural world makes my heart sing. I took John Muirs quote to heart and decided I wanted to be in the world... not on it.

Here is the expanded version of John's quote.... "Most people are one the world, not in it - have no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them - - undiffused, separate and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate."

Tomorrow, we as a country, and hopefully as a unified world, have the opportunity to pause, say a prayer, fill our hearts with love, peace and a determination to overcome human tendencies that cut and destroy lives, surroundings and our world, while we remember the horrible loss of life and country that happened ten years ago. All week I've watched programs that document 9-11 and the rebuilding of the empty hole left in the ground and in our lives.

Let's use the brightness of this Harvest Moon to celebrate the courage of the men and women that gave their lives helping to save others. Let's dance in the moonlight and celebrate the lives of all who we've lost.  Let's let them know they are not forgotten and promise we will strive to not take one moment of our lives or our freedom for granted. Let's, with our prayers of and for peace, turn the tide of hatred to one of harmony.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Garden Journal Workshop Offering

Are you ready for an Artful Autumn Get-Away?

In conjunction with Coastal Art Supply and The Beaufort Inn
I will be conducting 
A Garden Journal Workshop
October 25, 26 and 27 · 10 am - 3:30 pm 

Images from the May 2011 Garden Journal Workshop

Autumn in the low country of South Carolina.... kiss the humidity goodbye and say hello to perfect Carolina blue skies and temperatures that will sooth your soul. Plan an Artful Autumn Get-Away and visit the delightful destination of Beaufort, South Carolina.

I am excited to join forces with Beaufort County's own Laura Lee Rose, a Clemson Extension horticulture agent and one of the area's foremost advocates of horticulture. She teaches the Master Gardener curriculum, oversees county-wide horticulture projects, speaks to schools and community groups, and has been active in organizing and promoting Beaufort's downtown community garden.

Learn sketching, page design, watercolor, lettering and artful journaling techniques from Pam and valuable plant identification, information and other horticultural goodies from Laura Lee.  

By the end of the workshop you'll experience the joys of keeping a garden journal and discover first hand how it can be utilized to plan your garden and serves as a record of your gardening trials and triumphs.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention.... lunch is provided by Southern Graces... Yum!

For information and registration call Coastal Art Supply at 843-524-2782

For lodging information, please click both the link attached to 
The Beaufort Inn and Beaufort, South Carolina. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Red Sky at Night Lesson For Me

It seems Nature wanted to let me know that there are many meanings to the old folklore saying of "Red sky at night, sailor's delight." This was our western sky the eve before Hurricane Irene's arrival. All I could think was.... so much for the red sky at night theory!

While I would not have wanted to be out on the water yesterday with the severity of riptides and ocean swell, the storm we experienced from Irene's far-reaching bands was relatively mild. At least in my patch of the low country!

This is my poster boy, Dudley. His cuteness saved his life during puppyhood. Now he's my very good, very spoiled boy, and I'm a well trained human!

In preparation for Irene's arrival, I took all  the porch furniture cushions into the house, leaving just one dog bed for... his highness. He was okay with that as it frequently occurs for thunder storm prep.

Around 3 pm, Dudley became quite agitated. I saw him bouncing around out on the porch. He started twirling... a true sign he's upset. Then, he came into my studio and actually pawed at me, wanting to climb up and sit on my lap. I was perched high up on my drafting chair, in front of the computer, trying to get work done for Spring Island.

As you can see, Dudley is not a fluffy, ragdoll type of lap dog. He weighs 21 lbs., and has a bony little bottom!  When he sits on your lap, he has no concept of lying across your legs or curling up in a ball..... On no, he sits in the pictured position with his front paw nails digging into your legs.  The poor boy was shaking like a leaf and then.... Irene arrived. It's so amazing what animals know!

Prior to becoming blind, his sister, Grizz, always let us know it was going to rain. She'd find me and pace, eat/chew anything she wasn't supposed to, just to get my attention that it was time to go out for a walk NOW!  Her radar was about a half to an hour out from the time of rainfall. As I became a better trained human, she didn't get the opportunity to eat/chew so many off limit things :)

Back to Irene..
The rain was quite heavy at times, but I've experienced more winds during some of our severe thunderstorms. It would pour, then nothing. During one of the nothings I took the dogs out for a quick trip but.... we had to race back to the house very shortly after leaving it!  That outburst lasted about an hour and we haven't seen rain since.

Oh, but the sky around sunset...
Look at these cloud bands..... This is the view to the east, and below, the western sky.

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So, my lesson from Nature is to learn to read her signs and trust she knows what she's talking about :)  Overall, our day was a sailors delight given what it could have been.

My heart and prayers are with all of you who are caught in this huge storm. Stay safe, be wise and know you will make it out to the other side.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sparkleberry, May Day and A Journey of Discovery

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This page has been a long time in the making! Truly a perfect example that you don't have to finish a journal page in one sitting.

I started this page on May 1st and while I put the finishing touches on it a couple of days ago, my journey of discovery is still going strong.

On April 30th, I caught a quick glimpse of flowering trees tucked in along the tree line on the cart path of our neighborhood's golf course. It was almost dark and I decided it'd be best to make a clear ID the next day, which happened to be May Day!

Perfect for celebrating, the day was adorned with a Carolina blue sky, plenty of sunshine and the heat and humidity were trying to creep in but a soft breeze kept it comfortable, especially in the shade. The challenge was to time our trek to the fourth hole so we didn't interfere with golfers... Finally, in the early afternoon there was a lull in play. I had my camera and sketching supplies ready to go and couldn't get there fast enough!

We arrived to find a mass of Sparkleberry trees
glowing in filtered sunlight that streamed through the
upper canopy trees. It was glorious!  I'd never seen so many Sparkleberry trees grouped together. Some were shrub like, others dainty trees.

I didn't want to leave, but since the golf course was still being used, we had to move on. I knew of another Sparkleberry tree that I could sketch and off we went.

Here is the plein air sketch.

Spring is such a happy time, trees bud, flowers bloom and everyone/thing feels so alive. A line from Camelot kept running through my mind... 'The lusty month of May.'

I wanted to celebrate May Day and the Sparkleberry Tree together. Something was driving me to take my time in planning how I wanted to finish this spread.

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A tissue paper overlay is a great way to experiment with the placement of other elements you may want to add to your page. It keeps the paper from being compromised from too much erasing.
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I started research on May Day and here's where my journey of discovery began.

The traditions of dancing around the Maypole and the making of May Baskets are familiar to me, but when digging deeper in my research, I found out that May Day is a Cross-Quarter Day.

Cross-Quarter Day?

Ancient mankind was very attuned to solar, earth and lunar cycles. The Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes and Summer and Winter Solstices were major days for marking of length of daylight versus darkness, distance between the earth and sun and for celebrations to honor the four seasons.

Then, after a time, days that fell halfway between Equinoxes and Solstices were used to mark additional seasonal/agricultural changes. Enter... Cross-Quarter Days! Many religious holidays can trace their roots to these early agricultural origins! In fact, today, our yearly calendar notes three out of the four Cross-'Quarter' Days.  Are you ready? I've noted ancient names in parentheses.

Ground Hog Day (Candlemas/Imbolic), May Day (Beltane) and Halloween (Samhain/All Saints Day)! The only C-QD that, for the most part, gets ignored by modern man is August 1st (Lammas/Lughnasa). There are some regions that celebrate this time of harvest but mostly we, in the 21st century, haven't a clue it exists.

I also want to note that February 2nd, May 1st, August 1st and October 31st are rather generic versions of the exact timing of a Cross-Quarter Day. Some of the information I pulled up on the internet got quite involved. One source spoke of C-Q days as 'movable feasts,' another referred to them as a 'window of time' and yet another related these special days to the phases of the moon. I can go on and on but I really must finish this post!

Somewhere in my research I learned that May Day was associated with honoring trees. This made me smile as I wanted to celebrate the Sparkleberry!

Wow, all this information and I have a journal spread that measures 7.5 x 11 inches! I really needed time to think this all through.  Then, that evening, it was announced that Osama bin Ladin was dead. Mercy, that horrible feeling from 9-11 came rolling through me. I saw Americans celebrating his demise while I could feel only sorrow for our fallen and our country. Too little, too late, now what lies ahead?  A few days later I heard that both Hitler and bin Ladin share May Day as the time their deaths were announced to the world. Too weird for me.

On a happier note, in July, a poem by E. E. Cummings that perfectly describes my feelings as I sketched the Sparkleberry, found it's way to me by chance. Ah, all my journal page pieces are in place... I can finish my page.

Patience. A wonderful thing!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New Workshop

I just can't contain myself and must share the fun :)

Being offered this Fall at 
Coastal Art Supply in Beaufort, SC

Painting NightScapes Plein Air - The Hunter's Moon
November 8 − 10, 2011
Tues: 1 − 4 pm
Wed and Thurs 4:30 − 7:30 pm
For the workshop description, please click here

Monday, August 15, 2011

Waning Sturgeon Moon

How to start your day? I highly recommend plein air painting in the cool air of the morning with the sun's warm glow touching the landscape before you.

I had written off recording the Full Moon this month. Thunderstorms popped up on the eve and day of this August Moon.

But, at 6:45 this morning as I was waving goodbye to my love from the front porch, he said "Look, the Moon is still up!"  Thank you. Sweetie :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Day at the Beach and Whitelines Paper

Being at the beach on Hilton Head Island in August can make you feel like a sardine packed in oil, in a very small can. The word 'crowded' just doesn't fit the bill.

Rob and I found this out back in 2007, our first full year back in the low country since the mid '80s. We decided to celebrate his early August birthday at the beach. We've enjoyed Hilton Head beaches a lot over the the last 25 years... but our vacations usually fell between September and May.

Just for the heck of it we tried a summer visit again in 2009. What were we thinking??

Ahhh, but yesterday we were a lot smarter with our planning. Instead of a mid-week beach visit, we chose Saturday.... the day of check out/check in for vacationers. While everyone else was stuck in traffic on Route 278, we and a decent amount of people were enjoying a beautiful day at the beach :)

On the technical side...
I made this journal entry in a new journal by WHITELINES. This is a Swedish company that makes a toned paper using white for lines. They also offer paper with grids (squared), isometric lined notepads and perspective lined notepads. There are many choices of binding: hard covered spiral, soft covered flexible and glued pads.

The paper has a nice feel. I estimate it to be about 24# in weight. I've been using Pentel energel and Signo uniball ballpoint pens on it and have experienced no smudging. The ink in these pens is water soluble. Micron pens remain waterproof on it's surface.

I used watercolor pencils on the page above with minimal water using a Niji waterbrush. The paper did buckle but that was no surprise. I think colored pencils would really work well on this surface, perhaps even pan pastels. When you turn the page over you can see a little bleed through, but not nearly as much as you do with Moleskine's regular journal paper.

WHITELINES claims that when pages are copied or scanned the white lines and toned background will disappear.
As you can see above, that was not the case when I scanned the page at my scanners normal settings. I had to lighten the overall exposure of the original scan, lost some subtle tones but the page on the right is a lot cleaner looking.

I do like how the ink really stands out on the paper. And the toned surface is easier on your eyes versus looking at dark lines on a white surface. I liked working on a paper with grids. My type lines remained square to the page :)

Overall, I like the paper. I will continue to use this particular hard covered spiral bound book for my research into moon lore... but that's fun info for future posts :)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Look Who I Met :)

I know. How can you tell who it is with this view?

Well.... I'm pleased to say it's my blogging friend and fellow contributor to the Artist's Journal Workshop book, Ms Laure Ferlita from Painted Thoughts Blog.

She's autographing my copy of the book :) (great idea, Debo!)

This was just a quick visit as Laure was passing by on Rt. 95. Next time..... Sketching!

Great to finally meet you, Laure!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Steamy Summer Day

After sketching the Wood Storks, Rob and I drove over to the golf club on Spring Island. To one side of the club house are tabby ruins from the original plantation home. I headed for the shade of some Live Oak trees that stand on the edge of the marsh in front of the ruins and did this quick sketch of the view.
It was just about 11 am. The haze was thick, and the sky barely blue. The shade was divine for a bit.... Long enough to record the view, but the days heat was gaining rapidly. Rob looked so happy when I said 'let's go.'. :)

I'm especially proud as I figured out how to.......
Post using BlogPress from my iPod.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wood Storks Nesting

Ever since I saw my first Wood Stork I've wanted to observe, sketch and photograph them throughout their nesting cycle.

This year I got my wish :)

For the first time ever recorded, Wood Storks chose to nest on Spring Island! Yeah! They're relatively close by and I have access!

My first trip to check out the rookery was back in June. I saw a few hatchlings and some Storks were still sitting on eggs.

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I had just purchased a Platinum brush pen from JetPens and tried it out in my Aqua Bee sketchbook. I'm not used to sketching with such a bold stroke and felt a bit timid with my line work. I'm still playing with the pen... but that's for another post :)

Yesterday, Rob and I arrived at the rookery around 8:30 a.m. The day promised to be steamy. We walked past black vultures that were standing on the ground.  We were ho hums to them. That's what I love about Spring Island. Wildlife is revered there and everything/one lives in harmony. The rookery was teaming with activity. Snowy egrets, Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Anhinga and Wood Storks were in the trees. Most of the sounds, or should I say the loudest, came from the juvi Wood Storks. Music to my ears :)

During my June visit, I sat close to a sand trap and suffered many a red ant bite. This time I set up my chair and scope well away from from the sand. I dowsed my self in sunscreen proir to leaving the house and now bug spray. Yuck, but necessary.

Here are my on-location sketches. The ants found me anyway and they paid no attention to bug spray! I was so warm I kept fogging up the eyepiece of my scope. I managed to get a few good digi-scope images early on.
Not real sharp but good enough for my reference purposes. I used the begging juvi to fill a spot on the right side of the journal page.

If you look real close at the photo you will notice a juvi with it's beak
pointed straight up to the adult's head. The beak blends with the dead tree.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Full Thunder Moon

I'm ever so pleased to report the clouds that covered our piece of the sky for the last two days parted just in time for me to get a quick glimpse of the full moon!

I'd written July's full moon off.... while daylight lingered, there were far too many clouds... not to mention a shower or two.

I was stunned when I took the dogs out for their last pee trip at 11 pm to see this gorgeous sight! I rush back inside for the camera, but to no avail. The clouds smothered the moon and rain soon followed.

The image was burned in my memory and it had to come out :) Today, I painted the sky, let it dry and then sat on the front porch and painted the tree.  I'm such a pick about having my full moon sketches being executed en plein air.... I love the drama that I just don't feel in the studio. I did get the brightness of the moon better in the studio, though :) For the highlights on the clouds I used a uniball Sigmo white pen. Even put some on the moon. Ha ha!

July's full moon is also known as the Full Buck Moon as in the northeast (I like using the NE Native American's full moon names) the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads. It's also know as the Full Hay Moon. We saw a lot of dino balls in the fields on our drive back from NY this week (that's what I call the large hay rolls they make now instead of bales.... The first time I ever saw hay roles I imagined dinosaurs visiting hay fields and leaving their calling card.....  kind of like bunny pills) That was probably TMI :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Garden Companions

Sunday was the perfect day to sit out by the lake and sketch. Nearby was a small flower garden. Mother Nature sprinkled in the perfect aster to compliment the purple of the hosta plants.

Momma Nature knows color :)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th • Conesus Lake... Lake of Fire

Here's to being able to celebrate our Freedom! Thank you to all who help us keep it!!

We are once again in the Finger Lake's Region of Western NY. July 3rd is the big celebration on Conesus Lake. Here's some sights and sounds.....

At 10 pm everyone around the lake lights flares... thus, Lake of Fire. It truly is a magical sight. Fireworks are going off everywhere, the shore line is aglow with orange. The police long ago decided it wasn't worth their effort to chase down all the firework offenders. It always amazes me how much $$ goes up in smoke. Sure is fun though :)

And a bit of live action directly across the lake:

Safe celebrations and travels to all!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Flower, Fruit and Berry Report

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Along the cart path on the 10th hole, across from the 150 yard marker is a spot large enough to park the cart and be out of the way of golfers... Standing in this one spot, I was treated to all these beauties. Eye candy everywhere!

I did the pen sketching and added watercolor to one flower, Beautyberry leaf, Hickory leaf and nut - enough for reference when I returned home.

More time was spent doing research and the lettering than sketching! I love the thrill of sketching plein air. But, the fun continues when I hit the field guides. After searching all 3 southeast wildflower field guides in my library, I had to consult the internet for the Bigroot morning-glory. I'm a Wikipedia fan!

You can enlarge the page for the full report :) Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Witchhazel, Witch Hazel, Witch-Hazel

In November of 2010, I discovered a Witchhazel shrub/tree along the tree line on the 10th hole of our neighborhood golf course. It was the yellow, thread-like twisted flowers that caught my eye. This graceful, delicate, small tree was loaded with flowers and a few very colorful leaves that had a mind to linger a bit longer on the branches.

For those who are new to my blog, the 10th hole has a treasure-trove of trees. So far, I've identified 30 different species.... and those trees run right along the cart path!  I'm sure, when I get my snake boots and walk into the woods a bit, I'll find even more. This patch of woods is a classic bottomland hardwood forest because of its variety of trees, shrubs and rich, moist soil. About 15 feet in from the cart path, shallow water is always present. Thus, I want snake boots!

In last year's Witchhazel research, I learned that fruit forms on the branches the year following the flowers and will mature in October - November. I've been eagerly awaiting fruit development. In early June I began to notice fruit bearing trees were changing. Where Sparkleberry shrub/tree's flowers were in May, now tiny berries are appearing. The Hickory trees are sporting nuts, Red Cedars are decorated with their delightfully blue berries...... and, the Witchhazel trees has fruit :)

The pen sketch and some of the color was added on location. I didn't quite have enough time as golfers made the turn onto #10 a tad quicker than I had hoped. So, I drove the golf cart further down 10 to an area that had a good sized spot where I could pull to the side and continue my discoveries without fear of being bopped on the head with a golf ball.  Stay tuned for my next page :)

P.S. I found 3 different ways the name for the tree was spelled... thus my title :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Honored and Thrilled!

Look what came in the mail today!

In my hot little hands is my very own copy of Cathy (Kate) Johnson's new book... 'Artist's Journal Workshop, Creating your life in words and pictures.'

I'm both honored and thrilled that Kate asked me to be a part of this project and proud to say five of my journal illustrations are included within its pages.

I'm also a contributing author on the companion blog: Artist's Journal Workshop.

I can't wait to dive in and read every word. Just thumbing through, the content is astounding. North Light Books did a fantastic job. But the 'Best' award goes to Kate for all her hard work, dedication, and generous spirit. I know I can speak for all 26 international artists, invited to be a part of this project, when I say "Thank you, Kate, for creating a perfect book that not only shows how much fun, rewarding and therapeutic keeping an artist's journal is but also how to create one of your own."

Don't miss your own adventure - this wild ride around the sun!  To peek inside and order a copy of your own, click here.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Full Stawberry Moon Chronicles

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I've been anticipating this full moon all month. After missing the opportunity to paint last month's full moon eve, I was determined to capture this month's.

I was expecting the same overly large looking moon. Not so! I wonder what determines that optical illusion?  What ever it is, it wasn't working this time - at least not here.

I had envisioned painting the moonrise from the 18th tee box at our neighborhood golf course, but when we arrived, the scene was dull and lifeless. The haze from the day's heat (heat index of 101 degrees at 3:30 pm) was hanging on.  Rob and I rode over to number 9. Enough time had passed and the moon was strutting it's stuff.  We parked in the middle of the bridge that crosses the marsh that's between the 9th green and the club house. Happily I painted :) A great way to celebrate Flag Day!

Rob had to work the evening of the full moon, I was on my own. I parked on the bridge a few minutes before 9 pm. At 9:03 I caught the first glimpse of the moon behind the tops of the trees that border the marsh along 18. I quickly set up my chair, secured my book light and journal page to my foam core board, and by the time I was ready the moon had cleared the trees and most of a cloud. No moon reflection on the water yet but the lights from the houses on the other side of the 18th fairway twinkled through the trees.

Ut oh, my book light fell off and now it's not working and the moon is high enough that the water is absolutely beautiful and I can't see a thing!!  I turned on the cart's lights but that's toooo much light.... Ahhhhhhhhh!

I quickly packed my stuff and chair into the golf cart and drove back to the house for a flash light.  Note to self: always carry two light sources!!

The moon and water were even prettier when I arrive back. This time I decided to paint from the cart. It was almost high tide. The spring tides have been quite high the last few nights and water was already starting to cover the dirt cart path where the bridge ended.

As I painted the scene I heard a very slow, methodical woosh, woosh, woosh, woosh of the water - the same sound you hear when you're walking in the water.  Oh, a visitor? In the water? My tiny flashlight beam didn't help me view the landscape, neither did the moonlight. Spooky! Then I realized is must be our neighborhood deer. I see their tracks in the marsh mud at low tide all the time. Sure wish I could have seen them, though.

I so love when full moons and high tides coincide. My wish is for everyone to experience the magic of moonlight on water - especially calm water. It's soul stirring.