Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
We've had a few weeks of dreary grey skies here - snow, rain, sleet. Today the sun came out, and there is some blue skies and puffy clouds! It is so uplifting! Makes me so happy!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Since I've enjoyed seeing the Leatherback turtles recently, I remember doing Hawaiin Loggerhead Turtles in colored pencils. These are Prismacolor Premium (wax based) color pencils. Let me tell you, I TOTALLY ADMIRE the artists that do work totally in these pencils. This drawing of the "Two Turtles" took FOREVER! To get a certain color, like the dark almost black color on the turtle's scales, I must have used dark green, marroon, dark blue, dark purple, dark red - layer over layer.
Sometimes I really enjoy detail (with a capital "D"!) Colored pencils give me this opportunity. If you'd like to see some really awesome colored pencil work - visit http://wetcanvas.com/ and visit the Colored Pencil section. There is some amazing work in there.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
But the highlight of our trip was to see the leatherback turtles nesting. We got lucky there! We made reservations at the marine preserve and went out at the scheduled time of 11pm. After orientation from the park officials and guides, we were taken out to the beach at midnight (no moon and very dark) without flashlights (the rule). The guide had a red-light flashlight to guide the group of only 60 people allowed - single-file. At the beach I could make out a few turtles being protected by volunteers and researchers. We were escorted to one turtle, digging a nest. We got to view up close as he shown the red-light on the hole she was digging. Then he escorted us to the beach to see her tracks in the sand, and he gave information about these endangered turtles. Then we went back to her and got to see the eggs dropping into the nest.
No one is allowed to use flash cameras. So I had to take some pictures off the internet to share the experience here:
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Break time! I hope to work this afternoon and tomorrow morning on this ... I have the easle up and ready to go ...
I have a lot of busy times ahead! My Mom is moving up here tomorrow! I'll be helping her unpack and get settled in her new home. Then, this weekend my husband and I leave for a vacation in Costa Rica. We are packing very, very light. No computer. So, I won't be posting to my blog. But stay tuned, we will be back in a week and I'll tell you (and maybe paint) the beautiful butterflies and birds that are in that tropical country!