Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Mockingbirds for Randi (Art for Japan)

Back in spring, after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I blogged about doing art in exchange for people's donations to the Red Cross or any other reliable fund. I got more responses than I thought I would! A lot has happened since then, and now it's time to start posting artwork.

Thank You, Randi!

I have not posted much artwork at all on this blog. Perhaps I'm a little art-shy and took too long of a break from doing completed work. Seems like these days I do more graphic design than illustration!
I'm no Audubon, but I hope Randi likes this artwork. Shown is a photograph, because I have learned my lesson about scanning watercolours. Apparently I have issues with making watercolours onscreen look the same way they do on the paper. Anyone have tips for Photoshop edits to make the colours in watercolour scans less terrible?

Saturday, 24 September 2011

A Thousand Suns

Sunflower season around here is late August and probably the first half of September. Last year (or the year before?) there was amazing sunflower fields that I would drive past all the time to go to work. It became a local attraction, I even saw that it was on the news!
This year...those same fields are corn. I know the farmers have to rotate the crops so I wasn't too disappointed, they will probably be back another year.
Then a fellow photographer/flickr informed me where this year's sunflowers ended up. So when day after work I through my camera in my car and sped off into the gloomy evening in search of the fields.

Unfortunately it was pretty late in the day, with an overcast sky and thunder rumbling, but it was worth it to at least look at the fields! It has been raining and raining so much this year that I am lucky it wasn't actually raining when I had the time to take photographs.

From Flower Lore and Legend By Katharine McMillan Beals, published in 1917: 
Although the sunflower has been regarded as common, the poets have considered it worthy of their best efforts. Calderon, the Spanish poet, to whom the gardens of Madrid were probably a familiar sigh, thus addresses it:
Sight enchanted sunflower, thou
Who gazest ever true and tender
On the sun's revolving splendor.

Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of the great Darwin, and himself a naturalist and a poet, in his Loves of the Plants, writes thus: 
With zealous steps, he climbs the upland lawn
And bows in homage to the rising dawn. 
Imbibes with eagle eye, the golden ray,
And watches as it moves, the orb of day.

You can read Flower Lore and Legend for free here on Google Books. It is pretty interesting, if you are like me and enjoy reading lore and legends that you just don't hear about frequently or at all these days. (My Kindle is full of great free finds I've collected!)


Here's a shot of previous year's sunflower:

Friday, 16 September 2011


Calaveras de azĂșcar. Sugar Skull beads I purchased to make earrings

I have been taking photographs and doing things faster than I can process them!
Sometimes I think I have too many interests and hobbies.

Coming Soon...
The weather has really cooled down this week, I was pleasantly surprised. I have a feeling a lot of things will be done. Anyone else have fun projects planned for the weekend?

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Thursday, 1 September 2011


Happy September!
August was repetitious until the last week or so. Mostly I recall working a lot, going out to eat a lot and then two natural disasters in one week. Hurricane Irene sauntered through the area last weekend with heavy rains and strong winds. Luckily my area was spared from major destruction. I did not even lose power for long–but much of the surrounding area was impacted with power outages, school closings and lack of functioning traffic lights (crazy times commuting).

A Real Update/Post coming soon!