Searching for some earlier painting for which I had received an order, I came across two sketches I did on-site in the USA, in the Winter of 2010, both in ink and watercolour. It was an extremely cold winter, and I hardly did any sketching outside on that trip. And when we came back, I probably thought that these 2 from Friar’s point were not good enough to be published. But seeing them again, I feel that they are quite lovely, and perhaps some people in the world, originally from that town or having spent some time there, might enjoy seeing them.
As I did them we were on our way from Memphis to New Orleans, and spent 2 days in Clarksdale, exploring the town itself and the surroundings. We were especially interested in The Mississippi Blues Trail, trying to see as many markers as possible. Friars Point had been…
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Oh, here comes the little Sparrow !
Singing sweetly “cheerup cheerup” 🙂
It sits on the bushy hedgerow ,
And awaits its fun chat group !
On the deck I scatter seeds
And fill the bowl with water ;
The bird my invite heeds
Smiling, upclose I admire !
It hops all around the spaces
And in the collected water plays ;
At me now and then glances !
After awhile away it flies !
Its happy chirping breaks the dawn
From trees it chirps all day long !
A commoner, is now uncommon
Wish I hear more of its song.
The joyful and social sparrow
About ‘morrow knows no sorrow !
Sparrow’s sweet “cheerup cheerup”
Indeed, makes me ‘Cheer Up’ :))
Note : March 20th is celebrated as World Sparrow Day across the globe to raise awareness of the disappearance of sparrows…
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I recently stumbled across Etsy seller, Cate Parr and her whimsical watercolour paintings. Drawing inspiration from high fashion figures as well as magazine covers, Parr’s paintings evoke a surreal like quality that is not only beautiful, but glamorous. The collection itself can be found at Parr’s Etsy shop, silverridgestudio and are sure to leave you smitten, as each print is only more stunning than the next.
From the Dune, a morning glimpse over the edge of a dune looking to the sea, is a study in quiet color and soft light. It was the grazing light catching the top of the dune that caught my eye, and the challenge of painting dune grass and vegetation without getting caught up in too many details. All paintings are about finding a harmony of parts to make a whole. In this case, the gray, muted tones set the initial harmony, and everything else had to reinforce the quiet, subtle light. The grass could not be allowed to detract from the overall ambience – too much detail or contrast and the spell would be broken. So here is the result. Enjoy!