Friday, April 3, 2015
Well, after breaking all records for snow here, it's starting to look like I may actually be able to get outside with my camera again.
I was checking out my lens, looking out the window during a snowstorm a couple of weeks ago, and saw these two red-tailed hawks. What a lucky break for me that I happened to look out at the right time.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
The fox didn't run, and just stood there, staring at me. Oh, gee, not a good sign. It was only when I yelled at my dog to stop lunging, that the fox turned and ran.
The fox came back yesterday, and was munching on apples that had fallen from our trees in the back yard. I immediately grabbed my camera, hoping to get some beautiful photos, only to realize that the fox was not just scrawny, he was terribly sick! The poor little guy was covered in mange, and just miserable--scratching constantly, with sores all over, and skin that looked like a leper. His eyes were swollen shut, and that's when I realized why he hadn't run away the day before, even though I was right in front of him. He couldn't see me!
I searched the internet, and found a few places that would rescue him. This WEBSITE for the Tufts Wildlife Medical Program showed a heartwarming story of the rescue and rehab of a little fox that looked just like mine. (Yes, I think of him as "mine" now.) I called Tufts this morning and spoke to a wonderful girl who was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and sympathetic.
When a fox gets mange, the itch is terrible, and they lose much of their heavy coat. Now that our nights are getting colder, he could die of hypothermia without treatment.
He stayed around nearly all afternoon, eating apples...
Poor little guy kept wiping his eyes...
Finally, he curled up and went to sleep...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
(Reference Photo by Cindy Flood)
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
|"Reverend Lit-Sen Chang"|
Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico Soft Press 11 x 14
Monday, April 22, 2013
Series 7 Brushes - The Ultimate Artists' Kolinsky Sable Watercolor Brushes Made in England by Winsor & Newton, The Series 7 brushes take the best craftsmen they have as each brush is fashioned by hand using the dexterity and skill born after 7 years of experience by each craftsman. The resu...
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I have far too many sable brushes, but I love them! In the Winsor & Newton Series 7, I have sizes 2,4,and 6. The one I am reviewing is a 00 miniature. I have only used it a few times so far, but it is similar in quality to the other Series 7's. To be honest, I think in a brush that small, you could get by with synthetics.
The main problem I have had with the Series 7 brushes is that the lettering wears off, even after limited use. You wouldn't think that would be a problem, but if you have two that are close in size, you want to be sure to pick up the right one. Most of my sables are Raphael, Isabey, and DaVinci, and I have not had this problem of the lettering wearing off.
However, Winsor & Newton did replace the one I had the problem with. I'm noticing that now the Size 2 is doing the same thing, though.
They are still lovely brushes, though.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
While organizing my hard drive a couple of months ago, I came across the photo, and thought it would make a great painting. It is watercolor on Fabriano Artistico hot press 140# paper, 11 x 14. This painting will be exhibited at a local art show in June, and will be on sale. Prints are available through both of my websites:
HERE and HERE.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Here is the website and blog of Donna Pierce Clark, one of the talented members of the group:
Daily Blog: http://pierceclarkdailypaintings.blogspot.com/
Check out her site!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Various prints and other items available both at my Main Website and my FAA Website.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
My most exciting happening this week, as far as birds go, was a surprise visit from a little eastern screech owl. I was cooking dinner, and heard something thumping against the window of my sunroom. I turned on the outdoor lights, and saw this cute little thing sitting on my railing. He must have seen my pet lovebirds that are right inside the window. He looks pretty disgusted that the "drive-up window" was closed. I'm sure he thought he had his supper waiting for him! LOL
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Take a look at my "new and improved" website!
My prices have also been lowered by more than half, and will be good until the end of March.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Here is a recent portrait I finished. It's a watercolor on Arches hot press paper, 11 x 14:
The biggest challenge in this one was the hair and mustache. With watercolor, rather than using white, you have to paint around the places that you want to leave white, using just the white of the paper. Painting around each hair really gave me a workout, not to mention probably needing a new prescription for my reading glasses!
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
I've been spending more and more time on art, though, primarily watercolor, and I'll post some of those here as well. This is one of my favorites--Day lilies that were growing in our garden.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Some chickadees were in one of our apple trees, though, and were willing to pose for me.
After a few shots, he looked at me as if to say, "Enough is enough!"
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Here's a drawing of an orchid in Prismacolor pencils. Since I was stuck inside because of the rain, I spent the time practicing art techniques. Colored pencils are a little more difficult than some other mediums because it's harder to correct mistakes. I love flowers, and this time of year will be bringing lots of different varieties to photograph and draw.
Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, so I can get back outside with my camera. The goldfinches have been visiting the feeders. Now if I can just get them to perch on a pretty budding branch!
Friday, April 16, 2010
There seems to be a reverse correlation between the birds and the weather. When it's too rainy to go outside, that's when all the birds come around. On the nice days I have a hard time finding them!