Back in March, I sketched an indigo bunting that I'd found recently killed by an automotive impact, while out cycling close to Willard, Missouri. Sadly, the bunting gets a companion piece - a sparrow, found outside the large first floor plate glass windows of my office building.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Sunday, I had some free time and drove around looking for things to sketch. After killing some gas outside of town, I fell back on sketching at one of the nicest, if not THEE nicest, park(s) in town, Nathanael Greene Park. I managed to get a large part of the initial pencil sketch done before having to run home for dinner. I finished up the illustration this morning before work.
I also did this quick miniature bell pepper watercolor sketch on Saturday. I had just picked them up at the farmer's market half an hour before.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
It was hot, buggy and humid, but fun. I did get a little overheated Sunday morning, though, and called it to head home a little early.
Over the weekend, I saw a couple of hummingbirds out over the water, a handful of night herons, a goldfinch, and heard a couple different owls in the night, one of which was a barred owl (Who cooks for you?). I also woke to the sounds of what I'm assuming to be a pileated woodpecker, since the knocking was so heavy and slow. They're neat birds, about the size of a small crow. When you see one at work, the wood chips fly like mad.
Friday evening, just after arriving.
Not a bad way to watch the sun go down.
Dinner - an Irish cheddar, dry salami, Wheat Thins and a Moscow Mule
A quick sketch before driving back to Springfield to get the girls.
Playing in the water.
Frank B. brought an odd but interesting little folding boat.
Nathan O. brought this great stripper canoe.
My three skin boats - a Kidyak kayak, a Chuckanut 12 kayak and a Lanui SUP by Dave Gentry or gentrycustomboats.com.
Small boats at rest.
Gene B.'s grandson paddles his canoe around on Sunday morning.
Again, a great time. We'll be back up there September 23-25.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Over the July 4th weekend, we did a myriad of things. One of the most fun things we did, was to drive 20 minutes north to Brighton, MO to pick peaches as at a little orchard up that way. We originally planned to pick blueberries a little closer to springfield, but the picking hours for that orchard and farm were over pretty early in the morning and we missed it due to breakfast.
My daughter and I baked a peach pie from scratch and I also sketched one of the peaches for grins.