It's been so long since I've posted on this blog! Partly because I've been using facebook more, and partly I suppose because I've been busy finishing a book illustration project. I'd like to get back in the routine here, though! In the meantime, here is a quick sketch I drew and painted the other day.
hello! I thought it was about time I popped in and said hello. I've been so busy with my job and my little ones, I scarcely have a minute to post anything! This photo above shows the little ermine who were chattering at us during a nature walk out on the tundra with my watercolor field journal class. They were very cute, and very serious! These two were babies! This walkway you see is put down for researchers who study the tundra every summer.
And here is what we have had to do with every chair in the house since baby Ian started climbing. If we put one down he immediately climbs up onto the table or even the kitchen counter. It gets exhausting lifting him down and hearing him cry about it, so for now this works. Except when we need to sit down!
Watercolors of wild flowers and grasses
kite flying in the backyard
Poppies and other wildflowers
A close up of our trees here in Barrow- willows that grow just a few inches tall.
And that's all I've got for now! It might be a while before I can post again. Thanks for visiting!!
Oh, I almost forgot to mention- I would have loved to have flown down to the Eric Carle Museum in MA a couple weeks ago to see Lisbeth Zwerger in person, along with her artwork- but alas I could not. However, they have the exhibition catalog for sale on the museum website. I collect all things Lisbeth, so yay! I ordered it.
We left Southern Idaho last night where we've been for the past couple of weeks. It was beautiful. We stayed in Pendleton, Oregon, last night. Now we're on our way to Vashon Island, Washington, for the watercolor workshop I'm taking. 4 solid days of painting uninterrupted by the duties of mommy-hood = amazing! I'm looking forward to it.
I painted this watercolor for my blog friend DJ, otherwise known as Barrier Island Girl, who shared with me her baby sea turtle photos when I was knee deep in illustrating Turtle Turtle Watch Out! I painted this from one of her gorgeous Florida beach photos. I'd like to be running toward that umbrella, with a beach bag full of books, sketchbook, watercolors, and a picnic! Actual size is 5 x 7 inches.
Ahhh it felt good to get this done! I started at 10 pm last night after children were sleeping. I can see myself painting more in this style - it is relatively fast and i didn't get bogged down with details- which fits my free time challenged life style right now. I want to do at least 2 more to go with it of a snowy owl- and a snow bunting.
Each year about this time, the geese that are migrating south appear seemingly out of nowhere on the tundra all around our house and general area. Their calls echo across the land so beautifully! To some they may just look like regular old geese, to some they may look like dinner...to me they are symbols of the changing seasons and our fragile and magnificent existence. I blogged about them here in 2007 and here and here in 2008. It blows my mind how cyclicle and consistent the natural world is. Here are some photos that I took this morning from my kitchen and bedroom windows. I love how the light shines on their feathers and outlines the form.
I've been doodling before falling asleep...a nice way to end the day.
Foxy was out today, almost white!
I'm so happy to have my table space back. It's been taken up by that giant sign I was working on. I'm thinking of painting the walls, or one wall. It's a small corner with a window that brings in nice light. Not sure on colors though. I have a hard time deciding on wall paint colors. Any ideas?
Here's a view of the books Im looking at this week. Most exciting are the three Japanese decor books that I just received...from Japan! I emailed Paumes, the publisher, and they were super friendly and the books arrived so fast! I found later that you can also order them at Yvestown. So these books, although I can't read them because they're written entirely in Japanese, are completely enjoyable and total eye candy from cover to cover. I got the one about children's rooms in Copenhagen, Paris, and small Paris apartments. Wow, talk about inspiration overload. I highly highly recommend these beautiful books!
and they sent the books with some cute picture cards, and possibly the most beautiful receipt I've ever seen:
So much goodness in one day! Oh and now Project Runway is on! Have I mentioned how much I love that show?