Dried, inverted Water Hemlock
7" x 9"
More inverted Water Hemlock
(For some reason, I love the sculptural shapes.)
And what about these....the other rose hips??
(Seriously, have you ever seen these on rugosa rose bushes along with the regular rose hips we all know and love? I can't decide whether or not they're truly grotesque. If not, they're certainly bordering on it! Still...they've got me intrigued.)
7" x 9"
Spent a few days away from the city. Smelled the salt air and smoke from wood stoves. Witnessed a swarm of termites "descend" on an unsuspecting alder at dusk, then drop their wings and begin burrowing in. My husband said, matter-of-factly, "That alder's on its way out." And this, a tree that has shaded and sheltered us for nearly twenty years as we have gathered outside for meals beside a fire with family and friends. Later, marvelled at the stars, so brilliant away from the city.
And on Saturday, while gathering water hemlock by the bay, I looked up to see what the ruckus was and counted twelve or more great blue herons circling overhead. Had never seen that many at once, but my daughter said, "Oh yes, I've seen that many and more before."
Spent a good number of hours making monoprints. Chided myself for my lack of patience. (It makes for many false starts.) Later, I jotted down notes in my sketchbook about what I had learned so as not to have to start from "scratch" next time I get a chance to print.
Spent time looking at a beautiful book about van Gogh. Was mesmerized by paintings I had never seen that he did while in Arles, France. Painting, after painting, after painting. Somewhere around 900 total in ten or less years. Practice, practice, and more practice. Van Gogh... mostly self-taught. Driven. Brilliant. Inspiring. Humbling.
Now...looking forward to catching up with what you've been doing. Your work inspires me greatly, too.
Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for sharing your creativity.
Have a great week!