Atlanta, City of Trees

I just rediscovered this sketch in my drawing pad. I fondly remember driving around to various parts of Atlanta trying to find a view that captured the on-the-ground feel of our city, a city surrounded and embraced by trees.

Dock spider

 

I met this lovely lady last week while on vacation in Northern Minnesota and took about a billion photos. My family thinks I’m nuts. I wouldn’t allow anyone to disturb this Mom and her babies so, for a whole week, during the peak of summer, no one but me dared to sit on one of three Adirondack chairs on the dock. Guess that is one way of reserving myself a nice spot!

 

Details

I’ve been really wanting to do some pen and ink again so I pulled out my crow quills this weekend. I just love the intensity of the wet, black lines flowing from the point of the pen. I love being able to shape the lines with just the littlest bit of pressure. When you think about it, it’s funny to have such a sensuous experience while simultaneously dwelling on all the minutiae and detail in a subject like this bee!

 

Happiness

 

Western bluebird, Sialia mexicana

Just finished and shipped the Bluebird of Happiness. There are some pieces that come together effortlessly and yet are among my best. The hummingbird was like that and now the bluebird. Hmmmm, think it has to do with my liking birds?