In the Garden: Daffodils

With clear blue skies and temperatures in the 70s, spring has arrived!  I packed up a watercolor book, pens, a couple of cameras, and myself – off to the local botanical garden to finally get a look after weeks of rains and closure.  I was not disappointed.  Flowers in bloom, hordes of butterflies as I haven’t seen in years (lots of flowers = lots of butterflies), people.  The air was fragrant from the new growth everywhere, but in particular was a clump of daffodils beneath an old olive tree.

I sat down on a rock, and did this sketch, saving the colors until I got home.  I also took a lot of pictures – digital and film – for reference.  People stopped by and made conversation, a dog or two came to sniff.  Nature, while beautiful, is also capable of irritation – the baby flies were a bit annoying and I wonder if I should put on some DEET to keep them away.

For months I have been thinking about drawing in the garden.  It changes daily, and with the seasons.  This is the first drawing of this project, which will be ongoing.  I’ll be adding it to the page My Other Lives page above.  (For now – WordPress seems to be having issues adding pages!)

Happy Spring everyone!

Wild Night on the Town

No, not really.  But a fun night meeting up with a friend at a local coffee shop / bar / whatever, and some time spent chatting and sketching.  I even drank tea and ate madeleines, so the artistic muse was happy.

It’s fun to watch another artist work, and it’s fun to see what catches the eye.  We sat opposite each other and what was in my eye line was different from hers.  It makes for altogether different projects.  Another thing about just hanging out with another artist is that you learn about things you never considered or used before.  Nothing like continuing to learn, eh?

So, below are my sketches from our hanging out last night.

If you play Sherlock, you might figure out where we were.

Any guesses?

Happy Friday!

Sketches from a Week or So Ago

I started a small Meetup group last September. At our third meeting we hit the local mall. I was pleased with the turnout! There were 5 of us total, two of whom showed up last minute. There are some pretty talented people out there! I finally got around to scanning some of my sketches, none of which are especially great, but it was really fun to meet a bunch of nice people who like to draw and paint and be creative. We’ll connect again in January, sometime after the new year.