September Morning Treats

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Spiders and the oxalis are still hanging on (click above for more images via flickr). The deer are munching on the hostas.

The other morning this was my pre-drive view:

September Morning Treats

Past the Ides of August

I’ve been sending out a poem a day. None on Sunday, two on Monday. Every day a poem. Which is, for me, what August Poetry Postcard Fest is all about – the dailiness which gets you into the habit of sitting down and being ready for the muse.

Today though, I went out hoping to paint. It was brutally hot and humid. I stopped to look at the field of sunflowers I’d looked at last evening. Then I stopped to get some cut sunflowers and find out if that field was part of their plantings. Nope! So I will have to find out who, hoping to get permission to walk in and look at them from the other side.

Shy sunflowers

Also seen: the purpose of a long-in-progress cement base and wood structure was revealed at the New Lebanon Town Park where a cupola now resides. No marker yet to say where it came from. Looks like great housing for bats!

Past the Ides of August

World Watercolor Month Day #30

It was apparently too hot to blog yesterday although I did sit outside and then inside to paint. That was about all I did, LOL. Sat outside in the warm morning

Painted this:

and doodled a bit inside and then painted from the previous day’s photos”

World Watercolor Month Day #30

World Watercolor Month Day #23

Was grey and misting when I painted this from my car in the driveway.

and then the sun came out:

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World Watercolor Month Day #23

World Watercolor Month Day #16

After procuring some coffee, I returned to my front yard to enjoy the view. Also saw a hummingbird flying around and a wasp drinking out of the bird bath.

World Watercolor Month Day #16

World Watercolor Month Day #11

While scouting an slightly distant art supply store, I encountered a pad of Winsor & Newton paper: Artists’ Water Colour Paper, Mould-Made, Acid Free, 140lb Cold Pressed (Not). The “(Not)” is explained on the pad cover:

The Winsor & Newton range of Artists’ Water Color Paper Pads contain a superior Cold Pressed/NOT surface mould made paper, providing the most popular surface with the benefits of a stronger, more random texture. It is 100% acid free to ensure the longevity of your paintings. The external sizing of Artists’ Water Colour Paper produces brighter water colour washes and can make lifting colour easier.

I wanted to try it – it looked quite different – irregularly surfaced on the “front” and quite smooth on the “back”, so I brought a pad home with me. Here’s my first go. Probably not quite finished, but as far as I’m going tonight.

World Watercolor Month Day #11

World Watercolor Month Day #9

What does one do on one’s day off while waiting for evening watercolor class? Moves around the geranium to a more picturesque location and then gives it all the leftover clean water as a reward. Now it’s time for dinner and off to class.

World Watercolor Month Day #9