This summer I spent some time painting on the North Shore of Lake Superior. I always love my visits to this magical place. It's really one of those places that just fills my spirit.
I always meant to come down to this spot and paint it in person, unfortunately I didn't get back there. This is from a photo I took while walking one evening. Maybe next year I'll get back to this spot and paint this view from the live model.
spite of their noisy and mischievous presence, I love that bright flash
of blue when these birds show up. I had, what I assumed was a young and
curious "teen" in my yard one day as I arrived home. He quickly flew up
to the safety of an overhead branch to observe me as I walked up the
walk and deciding I wasn't much of a threat, flew down and landing in
front of me and stood there looking checking me out and
just begging for a photo session. (Another reason to carry my camera
with me at all times!) He of course was gone by the time I got in the
house and grabbed my camera.
There are many early mornings when I sit on my porch with my coffee listening to the birds greet the day. With so many already gone, the mornings are pretty quiet. In either case I find it very inspiring to sit in the quiet of morning and listen to nature.
I've had it in my mind to write Haiku to go along with my paintings. Should be easy right, Deb?
Not so much. But maybe if I keep practicing it will get easier. This was my first attempt.
Autumn has arrived and the colors here are at their peak. This is my absolute favorite time of year.
Sadly, with autumn, many of the birds I have enjoyed watching from my studio have dwindled to just a few lingering chickadees and nuthatches. However, the squirrels have been very entertaining with all their winter preparations.
In the spirit of autumn, this raven reflects the blues of the sky and the golden light of autumn.