My goodness, the summer is flying by! Today’s bird is a Dark-Eyed Junco, otherwise known as a Snowbird. We moved into our new home in January, and this little bird was the first to greet us at our feeders. Even though we moved only two miles from our previous house, I don’t remember ever seeing them at our feeders before.
Curiously, we’ve not seen any this spring or summer and have since learned that Snowbirds migrate north during this time of year (just like human “snowbirds” who go to warmer southern states in the winter and return home in the spring).
Most of my friends enjoy the summer, but with the 90-degree temps and high humidity forecasted for the next week, I’m looking forward to the change of season into autumn, which is my favorite season of all. I hope you are staying safe and have been well.
Today’s Doodlewash prompt is ocean, which immediately brings to mind our favorite family vacation spot in North Carolina along the Atlantic Ocean coastline. One of our favorite ocean activities is beach-combing and searching for fossilized sharks’ teeth, and here is where it all begins.
Although we find quite a few sharks’ teeth during our vacation, it’s been a few years since we’ve found a sizable one; you’d think it would be easy because sharks shed approximately 35,000 teeth in a lifetime! Either way, it is fun to spend time in the surf – one of my favorite places to be. 🦈 🏝
I’ve been blessed to be away for the last two weeks on an adventure to Glacier National Park in Montana and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The parks were so different from one another but each was unique and breathtakingly beautiful.
Unfortunately, GNP was a bit smoky because of wild fires on one side of the park, but we were thankful to have had a couple of clear days. The smoke added a layer of mystique to much of the landscape, and I send well wishes and thanks to all those involved in containing the fire.
Yellowstone was a place of wonder, enchantment, and awe. I saw things I never knew existed, and I was mesmerized by bubbling, gloriously colored pools of hot springs and spurting geysers. It was like being on another planet!
I left with art supplies in hand and with high hopes of creating on location, but we were so busy that I just now finished my first painting. I gathered tons of inspiration on the trip and hope to do justice, through my paintings, to the animals, landscapes, and natural beauty experienced in these wonderlands.
This little ground squirrel is the first of many drawings and paintings to come.
This week of World Watercolor Month has been all about flowers for me. I’ve been practicing lessons from Sandy Allnock’s art-classes.com Fresh Florals, and although some lessons were a little challenging, I stuck with them until I got the desired results.
First, I used the cherry blossom brush strokes from the last class to create the above forsythia branch.
After practicing a few new brush stroke petals, I created some daisies. The white daisy petals are created by painting the background around the petals, otherwise known as negative painting.
I was less than excited with my first attempt.
I decided to add a few more petals to each flower for a more realistic, less graphic look.
Last for the week were snapdragons, which were my favorites to paint so far because of their bright colors.
As I am writing this post, it dawned on me that this technique could be modified to create hyacinth flowers as well. Hmm…..
World Watercolor Month, founded by our friend Charlie over at Doodlewash.com, has a few purposes, one of which is to raise money and awareness for The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is a nonprofit organization encouraging children to embrace their individuality, to express themselves creatively, and follow their artistic dreams. They provide art and music supplies to underprivileged children throughout the world.
World Watercolor Month is also an opportunity for watercolorists around the world to connect and play along by painting a little something each day – 31 watercolors in 31 days. So far I have been able to keep up and have been posting daily on Instagram but will make weekly updates here on my blog. I’m off to make my donation to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation and then to start today’s painting. Hope you have a happy weekend!