Archive for December, 2011

Christmas in the Everglades

Ruddy Daggerwing

Ruddy Daggerwing

Egret

Great Egret

Roost

Roosting birds at Wakodahatchee - Looks oddly seasonal

Another sojourn down south.  Some more hiking in the everglades.  Never fails to impress.

Season’s Greetings

Just sent out the last in the series of the Twelve Days of Christmas cards.  Not sure what to do next year – it has been relatively easy to pick a design for the last 12 years.  Anyway, best wishes to all this holiday season.

Back in the Studio

A page of gesture drawings

I went to an open studio session at the local arts center last weekend.  It has been about a year since I have done any drawing.  It feels good to get back to the fundamentals.  I really like gesture drawing (one minute per pose).  I don’t dance, but somehow this feels like dancing to me.

I usually have a difficult time with the discipline needed for drawing.  In my other work, I am very controlled.  When I am standing behind a sheet of paper holding a piece of charcoal, I just want to scribble wildly on the page.  There is something cathartic about the process.  There have been times in the studio when everything is silent and all you can hear is the sound of me applying charcoal to pad.

Figure drawing is so intimidating, but it is good try things that get you out of your comfort zone.  I feel that it keeps me artistically honest.  I enjoy working with conceptual art, but I think that it is also important to work in more traditional areas too.  Life drawing is a very ancient and essential artistic ritual.

One for the Life List

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Black Bellied Whistling Duck - New on the list

Purple Gallinule

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

I was back in Florida last month.  I confess that there is not much that I find appealing about Florida except seeing family members and getting out into the Everglades (and also those rare occasions when the water is clear enough for snorkeling).  Only managed to get out into the marshes for a brief visit, but got a new one for the life list.

Mystery Guest – Updated

Unknown mammal

These were left in the yard recently by some unknown visitor.  Not a track that I have seen before.  The crack crew in from ESF last weekend tentatively identified these as skunk tracks.  After smelling a skunk out and about last night (unusual for this time of year, but it has been unseasonably warm) I think that they were spot on.   Thanks Jess.