I seem to have veered off into a direction that would be considered more Fine Craft than Fine Art lately. Here’s one of my recent creations, a pine needle basket. Yes, it’s made of pine needles!
These particular pine needles were gathered from under a loblolly pine tree at Killens Pond. I often walk the Pondside Nature Trail there with my friend and fellow artist, Deborah, who got me started on these pine needle baskets. We both love to stop and admire the bright green mosses glowing in the morning light at various points along the trail. So I made her this basket as a gift, inspired by the tall pine trees and the lovely green moss at their bases.
*My husband actually took these photos, because I brought the basket back home to get photos of it and for some reason I only ever remember to do it at 3am, when I’m at work with no camera, light, or basket. Here’s one last one that I took in my truck, with my smart phone, shortly after I finished it.
The Young Bean – Clayton, Delaware
Bill McAvoy, Rick Schuman, and their biggest fan of the night, who brought his own guitar just in case. Good coffee, great music, and fantastic company. That’s why I love Friday nights at the Young Bean, on the rare occasions when I can make it. :)
My daily painting project is ongoing. I think of it as the angel’s share – only instead of alcohol being soaked into wooden barrels, it’s artistic expression being distilled out onto a page purely for my own pleasure. It’s taking me back to this site’s roots. When I started this site, it was at a time in my life when I was out taking photographs every single day. My schedule and health (bum foot) don’t allow me to do as much of that anymore, but I’ve enjoyed the daily dose of art therapy to banish my nature deficit disorder.
So… here is a neat thing from a few days ago. I was out at Bowers Beach, watching the sunrise, and thinking how lovely the moon was. Here’s my watercolor journal entry from that day:
And then when I woke up in the afternoon, I saw that Anne Jenkins, another local artist, had been looking at the same sunrise and the same moon, at about the same time, a few miles away. And she also painted it. So I asked her if I could post it here, because I thought that was kinda cool. :)
So there you have it, two lovely versions of the same sunrise and the same moon in the same media. You obviously know where you can find me, both here and on Facebook, but if you haven’t seen Anne’s work before, you can check out her website and her Facebook as well.