Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Blooming Tuesday - Legend Oriental Lily

I have this gorgeous Oriental Lily in the garden this year. I thought it so pretty I tried to preserve it by painting it. It turned out ok. Then I decided it needed a dark background to make it stand out more.
I hate the way it turned out. I have more trouble with backgrounds. Do you?? It is very frustrating to me. 
I hope you had a less frustrating Tuesday. Happy Blooming Tuesday anyway. 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Arizona Journal 2013

I have to say I have been quite busy this spring/summer. Getting ready for a trip we took was fun. The anticipation of a trip can be almost as much fun as going.
I made a sketch book to take along. Actually I didn't make this one. It is a Cranson book that I modified with coverings and book marks. 
Even though I didn't get my most wanted bird on the trip I did see plenty new birds and sights.
Sitting in the airport I began sketching. We had a couple of waiting times but not really much time in between flights.
We drove so much and was so busy I didn't sketch a whole lot while gone. I did take 1800 pictures so when life slows down I will have plenty of sketching inspiration.
Learning about Kachina dolls and the patterns on Indian Rugs was most interesting. I didn't know the significance to all the patterns on rugs and the positioning and clothing on the dolls. There was so much to learn about this area of the world.
It seems like there is always so much happening.
We drove so much. 
There is never enough time to finish. 
When I get home... 
I am always "going to" add color or more drawings. 
Yet it often doesn't happen.
While at the Grand Canyon it was just perfect weather. The Canyon met and exceeded my expectations. Not only was I fascinated with all the rock formations I was amazed at how when some of the trees die they stand in place, wind scouring them to make them look like driftwood. 
The scenery in Arizona is gorgeous. I hope to get there during winter sometime to better appreciate their hot dry atmosphere. Phoenix and Tuscon had record hot days while we were there. Luckily we went into the mountains to do some of our birding and it wasn't as bad. 
Have you been on a trip this summer or are you planning to?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July.
Every year I make a bouquet to take to our friend's party. I want to share with you. I hope you had a good one too.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Cactus Monday - Gila Woodpecker

One of the little sketches I did while in AZ. I haven't put any color to it. I will later... I hope.
Happy Cactus Monday to all.