Tag Archives: landscape

Snow day!

12 Jan

Title:  Window View – Winter

Medium:  Pencil on plain white sketch paper

This is the view from my living-room couch, out of my favorite window.  Today we are having a fantastic snow storm, so everything is in shades of brown and gray, and increasingly buried under fluffy whiteness.  The key objects in this view are the wooden birdhouse, which is attached to an old railroad tie, and the tall lilac shrub next to it.  Out of view, beneath the window, is a flower bed that I have filled with perennials.  They bloom a little differently every year, but so far have needed no additional help from me.  In this sketch you can just see a few snow-covered, dried-up bergamot flower heads, cone-shaped and bent on their stalks in the biting wind.

I have an idea to do drawings from this same vantage point throughout the year, including some with color, to see how the view might change with the seasons.



11 Jan

Title:  One Clover and  a Bee

Medium:  Paint (Windows 7 Application)

I seem to be in a flowers and purple mood these days (see yesterday’s purple lotus flower).  It may have something to do with the blustery, icy wind and the snow on the ground.  I started doodling on the Paint program on the computer tonight, and this flower and bumblebee appeared.  They remind me of my favorite Emily Dickinson poem.


To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,—
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.  – Emily Dickinson

Safari, anyone?

8 Jan

Title: It’s a jungle out there

Medium: Crayola crayons on plain white paper

This little monkey popped into my head while I was staring at my box of crayons.  I drew the monkey first, then decided he must be hanging from something.  The landscape went in last.  I was toying with different ways to create depth and distance.  The detail in the rocks in the foreground helps with that.  I especially like the gnarly forest on the far side of the river.  Crazy jungle stuff happens in there, I bet.