Saturday, April 8, 2017

Early Glimmer

Early Glimmer
12 x 9
Pastel on Art Spectrum Umber

During this week, after my early morning walks, I took many photos of the agave and various plants in my yard in the early morning light. They simply glowed in that perfect subtle light. The favorite agave I have is Mr Ripple. It's somewhat of an uncommon agave and I do my best to propagate any pups that come off the mother plant. I know her days will end at some point. She'll send up a huge flower spike which will signal her demise. But for now, I enjoy the beauty.

I needed a bit of beautiful light today. Going through some difficult end of life times with one of our fur babies. I guess it's kind of like the agave. I know eventually the agave will bloom and die, and so will kitty - heck - so will we all. Kitty is presently starting to isolate and I know he's in the studio under some furniture in a warm dark place as I paint. It's comforting to know he is in there with me, even though I can't see him. While that seems a bit dark, it reminds me to live each day to the fullest and experience joy. So, like Kitty is there even though I can't see him, I know my Higher Power is there even though it's not apparent, and that I suppose is faith. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Anna's in Barbados

Anna's in Barbados
7 x 5
Colored Pencil on Fabriano Hot Press Watercolor paper
Another Anna's hummingbird, this time added into a spray of Pride of Barbados flowers. Once again, my thanks to my friend Michael Searcy for the inspirational photo of the hummingbird. Michael is known as the hummingbird whisperer at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. 

The addition of the Barbados flowers was originally an unconscious thought hoping for the survival of my own plant in my garden. As I began this post, I realized perhaps why I was thinking of this flower. The stump did not appear to be sprouting as it usually does. We had some severe freezes for Texas this past winter. But just today, I did notice a small sprout at the base of the plant - so there is hope!!! 

I took a few progress shots of the development of this drawing today. I don't know why I never considered doing this for my colored pencil drawings as I do with my pastels. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Ruby and Yellow Aloe

Ruby and Yellow Aloe
5 x 7
Colored Pencil on Hot Press Watercolor Paper

Another hummingbird cutie...loosely based on an image from my friend Michael Searcy. The cool thing about art is I can change the species or sex of the hummingbird. This was an image of a female, I changed it to a male for the color pop.

We have a lot of Ruby throat hummingbirds in Central Texas. Those, along w/the black chinned are our most prevalent. I have a Rufous that comes to over winter with us and usually arrives in September. The Black chinned arrive in March and I finally saw a male this week. I've not seen the rubies yet....perhaps soon. I have another image in mind from my own stock of a ruby throat male. I will likely change the flowers from Red acanthus to something blue like Black and Blue salvia.

Not sure if I'm going to paint in pastels or colored pencils next. I'm feeling kind of haphazard and lacking direction. I know I need to clean my pastels up and organize. That may be a good thing to do when I'm feeling like this - something mindless.