Friday, September 19, 2014

Figure Friday -

After our summer hiatus, life drawing has started up again.
Trying to get the rust scraped off my creaky brain and hand....

Long-pose day today. In 20 minute segments...

So, this is where I got... Not too horrific, but will certainly look forward to ramping back up again.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Meeting Sketches

Was at a meeting this week - and got a little antsy. Was bored enough that I didn't want to even attempt to draw them as is.... Caricatures...? Was funner.

In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee.....

Monday, September 15, 2014

Music Monday - Nights in White Satin

On our retreat a couple of weeks ago, some of us discussed The Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed - one of my favorite album 'experiences' of my young life. (One of our critique group members is way too young to have experienced it, or The Moody Blues in general. Some days, I feel old). At any rate, here is the penultimate song from the album:

...Breath deep the gathering gloom....

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Sketching

In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee....

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fall Retreat - Part VI (Making Art)

Typically a great deal of art-making happens in the cabin...

 ...but after the generator went out, it got much more difficult to do - lanterns are really not as bright as lightbulbs! (What did our pioneer ancestors do in all that dim lighting...?)

So, we had to move outside and work by the light of the sun.

Luckily, the weather was lovely and cooperative!

 More plein air happened than usual. :-)

 Of course this did mean that our working time was limited...

 (I had hoped to get more painting done than I did, but ah well... I did make some good progress)

 Of course, it wasn't all work. Besides hikes, walks and mushroom hunting, there was yoga and meditation and general communing with nature... well as just some much deserved chillin'!

Lovely week as always. Thanks POBL girls!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall Retreat - Part V (Flora & Fauna)

There's quite a bit of wildlife up there in the mountains. This year, there were sightings of elk, ravens (and dozens of other birds), adorable stripey ground squirrels... I also made my annual pilgrimage to the lakeside in search of the teensy-tinesy toads that are heading inland this time of year...
Green ones, grey ones,

brown ones... Love them.

Then there was our 'mascot' of the week - darling Kharma, who is a rescue from India (of all places!). She is the dog of our critique-member who owns the cabin. Good company to have! She was always happy to accompany me on my ramblings.

I also very much enjoy the natural textures surrounding us....

So much to love!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fall Retreat - Part III (Adventures in Eating)

 As I mentioned, there were some rather glorious mushrooms this year!

 (Chanterelles galore!)

 We always eat well (artists can make the best cooks) - but when we get to add copious amounts of wild mushrooms to the mix, things elevate quickly. Mushroom tarts - 

 Pots of mushroom soup. Mushrooms in the salad. 

 As for one of the adventures I mentioned - we lost the hydro-electric generator a couple of days into our stay.... The remainder of the week was done by lantern....

 (luckily we are all also good sports. And inventive.)
The meals were spectacular overall.

I leave you with a photo of some of our 'pornographic carrots'. One of our more 'spicy' ingredients. :-)