August 14, 2019 § Leave a comment
From my archives on Whidbey Island, WA…(click HERE to ‘listen’ to the American Goldfinch sing for you). Have a brilliant week! ~ xo Pierr
June 14, 2019 § Leave a comment
Take your paints out for a drive. See what they can do. ~ xo Pierr
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… …and six ducklings! Four under wing and two in the water. With a Red-winged Blackbird standing sentry.
Have an adventure this week! ~ xo Pierr
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!There’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.After 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.
Wednesday I’m going back for more. Have a wonderful week outside! ~ xo Pierr
May 1, 2019 § 4 Comments
March, April, May, Lisa’s old apple tree is the place to be.
Tend your favorite. Welcome, May! ~ xo Pierr
April 9, 2019 § 4 Comments
My new neighbors are very friendly. They came right over the instant they saw me.A little disappointed maybe that I hadn’t brought any treats with me. Evidently this couple is used to human generosity found at the public park ponds. I wouldn’t presume to know their diet. I only wish I’d thought to tidy up the place before they arrived. Fortunately he or she knew better than to nibble on that plastic bag clip. What a handsome couple. Together for life. I can’t wait to greet their family.Have a wonderful week of welcome. ~ xo Pierr