Freehand Friday: Outside & In

May 31, 2019 § Leave a comment

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Pond Wednesday: New Arrivals

May 29, 2019 § Leave a comment

I hadn’t made it to the pond proper yet. Fifty feet from a small bog this side of the pond, I spied a royal blue band edged with white in the shadowy bark close to the intersection. Cars zooming by both ways. Using the 10x zoom lens, I discovered a mama Mallard… BabyDucks1-pierrmorgan…and six ducklings! Four under wing and two in the water. With a Red-winged Blackbird standing sentry. BabyDucks2-pierrmorganBabyDucks3-pierrmorganBabyDucks4-pierrmorganBabyDucks5-pierrmorganBabyDucks6-pierrmorgan

Have an adventure this week! ~ xo Pierr

 

Freehand Friday: Outside!

May 24, 2019 § 2 Comments

It’s thrilling to sketch outside. Pack light to stand, sit, or walk. My nifty fanny pack holds everything I need. But I forgot about wind – bring a rubber band or clip to hold the pages down. Wear a hat, sunscreen, and jacket around your waist…I left mine in the car. Brr!Outside-pierrmorgan1There’s a Murphy’s Law about sketching people who are sitting still in places like airports, outdoor cafes: the moment you begin to draw them they get up and leave. So I figured the church across the river was a good subject to get warmed up with. I began with a “Finito!” waterproof fine-tip pen by Pentel. A friend swears by them. I’d never tried one. Wonderful flow to the ink and a generous width. Berol Prismacolor pencils made the color, and shading I used a 40% cool gray Berol Prismacolor Art Marker. Got this far and a group of market vendors put up a huge tent in the foreground, covering my view of the towers! Must be a Murphy’s Law for buildings, too.Outside-pierrmorgan2After the tent went up I moved where I had a nice view of the back of a flower vendor’s booth. He was moving, yes, but generally up and down in a very small space. Outside-pierrmorgan3

Wednesday I’m going back for more. Have a wonderful week outside!                             ~ xo Pierr

Pond Wednesday: Getting Ready

April 18, 2019 § Leave a comment

Came to the pond thinking I’d see the Canada geese again.Tree1 A flurry of activity on this overcast day. Red-winged Blackbirds everywhere calling and showing off their red and yellow wing bars. Prepping for the ladies yet to arrive?Blackbird2Near or far, in or out of focus, they’re easy to spot.Blackbird4Blackbird5Blackbird6Blackbird7Mallard1Mallard is ready. You ready?Mallard2All ready.Blackbird8Here’s to an exciting week of readiness. ~ xo Pierr

Pond Wednesday: March 20

March 20, 2019 § 12 Comments

Happy SPRING EQUINOX!! Look at that sky…PondWed-3-20-PierrMorganI really was expecting the pond to be teaming with water birds. But nope. Far from it. Obviously haven’t visited in a while. We had a record-breaking days-in-a-row of snowfall in February. So I guess the pond will need a few more warm ones like this to bring it out of the deep freeze. I’m not familiar with snowy winters, having grown up in Seattle where maybe once every seven years we’d get a few days with snow enough to build a snowman and an igloo before it melted. They sure got it this year! More records.

What I love about living inland is its four definite seasons. Today is the first day of Spring. I’ll watch the ice melt for now, knowing soon I’ll see ripple-makers all over this pond.babyMallard-PierrMorganHere’s to a week of sweet anticipation.  xo ~ Pierr

Pond Wednesday: The Edge

February 27, 2019 § 8 Comments

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Walk the edge this week. To peace. To adventure. ~ xo Pierr

Pond Wednesday: JAN 30 – Manito Park

January 30, 2019 § 6 Comments

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Seize the week! ~ xo Pierr

 

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