Toad

I just finished my first official Moleskine sketchbook, and upon flipping through and recalling the memories of the past many months, I came across this toad that I had not shared yet on my blog.  We were in North Carolina for a dear friend’s wedding and stayed in a cabin deep in the woods.  Naturally there was plenty of wildlife, and while most of the critters kept their distance, this large toad sat on the porch for an entire day.  He even let my daughter pick him up and hold him for a bit.

Toad

Toad

We were a little worried because he was so far away from the stream but later learned that toads spend less time in water than frogs do, so I guess he knew what he was doing.  Nevertheless, Toady was a fun mascot for the cabin and a lot of fun to capture in this painting.  I’m excited to start a new Moleskine as the New Year approaches and can’t wait to start splashing color on those pages!

Camping Equipment, #WorldWatercolorGroup

As Thumper taught us, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.”  I’ve camped a few times in my life and enjoyed it most when we rented a camper with running water, a bathroom, and air conditioning.  Some would say this is not true camping.  I’ve also tent camped a couple of times and although we have some good memories of it, it is not my idea of vacation.

camp-fire

In retrospect I think my favorite camping item was a stick on which to roast marshmallows, at which time I gazed into the mesmerizing fire and tried to forget all the extra work that camping brings with cooking and clean up, the far walk to the bathroom (especially with little children in the middle of the night), rustic showers, humid summer temperatures, insects, keeping kids away from the campfire and numerous other dangers, noisy neighbors who stay up until 2:00 a.m. and then the others who wake up at sunrise, etc.  Sorry, Thumper, I’ve failed miserably.  Kudos to those who love the great outdoors and relish getting back to basics, but could you please direct me to the nearest modern cabin at the very least?