When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

storms

Smoky Lake Canola

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Smoky Lake Canola, 14 x 20 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold pressed

Smoky Lake Canola, Alberta, Canada – 14 x 20 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold pressed. This is my favorite Summertime memory of Alberta… miles of Canola fields and open, moody skies. The painting started off without the tree but needed a focal point. Detail images:

 Upper left detail of Smoky Lake Canola  Lower left detail of Smoky Lake Canola  Upper right detail of Smoky Lake Canola

Rainbow at sunset

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008


 

Rainbow at sunset Lewisville TX, July 30, 2008

Rainbow at sunset and Oak trees, Lewisville Texas

Thunder, Sunset, and Herons

Saturday, May 31st, 2008


 
A flock of Herons flying across storm clouds at sunset May 28th in Lewisville, Texas.

Three nights ago, I was out taking photos of storm clouds in the setting sun, and flock of herons crossed by.

Storm clouds brewing during sunset 7:26 p.m., May 28th. Lewisville, Texas Thunder, early evening at 6:34 p.m., May 28th. Lewisville, Texas.

Storm clouds

Friday, April 18th, 2008


 

Storm cloud formations

Here are some beautiful but ominous clouds in front of a major storm that just hit Mineral Wells, west of Fort Worth, with baseball-sized hail.

North Carolina

Monday, October 1st, 2007


 
Old abandoned gas station - Farmville, NCAlain and I flew to North Carolina for three days ( a little business trip and I tagged along—he threatened to take my camera with him and I was sure I could not manage without it!) We drove around the eastern countryside between Raleigh and Washington (NC) through old, old towns (it takes a looong time for wooden doors to shred, and a looong time for conditions to be just right for vines to sprout then twirl round and round, entwined and squished between panes of glass!) …old, old farms: tobacco, cotton, peanuts.. and an interesting gas station.

Sunrise Reflections - Kitty Hawk, NC There is a lot of history in NC – fossil, human/settlers and Civil War history. We stayed at Kitty Hawk (first flight – Wright bros.) and walked the shores at various places along the narrow coast of the Outer Banks. We watched the sun rise and dolphins feed – too far away for good photos, even with the telephoto. As soon as the sun rose they swam away.

Along Cape Hatteras, groups of Grackles ate ripe grass seeds, bouncing up and down on the stems, their bodies too heavy for the tall grasses.

Grackle - Cape Hatteras, NC

On Pony Island a large sand crab tried to buff up and look tough, but it was quite vulnerable there out in the open; all the other crabs scurried into holes but this one stayed, trying to hide in footprints, which offered no protection if we had been birds looking for a hearty meal.

Great fun to watch the behavior for a while. It’s clearly outlined crab-shaped shadow following it everywhere, creating a few graphic photos that are perfect resource material for drawings and paintings but do not stand alone as good photography because it was moving so fast.

Sand Crab - Pony Island, NC

Just off the 2 1/2 hr. long ferry at Swan Quarter, and sunset with a short, wide rainbow after a storm that we managed to escape and watch from the better side.

NO OLF – we were curious about this sign in many people’s yards. The following website shows a video describing how the U.S. Navy has purchased over 30,000 acres of land near the eastern North Carolina coast, planning to move their pilot training program from Virginia.

Rainbow - Swan Quarter, NC

Part of the huge controversy is that over 75 families would be forced to leave their homes, many of them farming that land for generations. The human issues are enough, but the cause and effect on the wildlife and ecology would be drastic and irreparable. Thousands of ducks and large flocks of snow geese that feed in the area annually would no longer have sanctuary. The large birds would also be a danger to the jets.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XDmC1LD1Kc

Summer Storms

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007


 

Evening storm - Stony Plain, Alberta

Evening storm clouds accumulating at about 5:30 p.pm. mid July in Stony Plain, Alberta

Sky Falling, Airdrie, Alberta (July)

Sky appears to be falling, Airdrie Alberta, July 2007

Trainstorm

Train and storm, Montana in July

So how was your Flight?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007


 
So how was your flight?

Flying is not the thrill it used to be, and not necessarily because of unpredictable weather. I would much rather drive anywhere than fly. Crossing the border into the U.S. at Calgary, had Customs Officers allowed me to keep my dangerous tube of toothpaste, it could have been more intimidating to passengers than the bleach-pen.

Travel

Monday, July 30th, 2007


 

Morrill, Nebraska

Morrill, Nebraska

 Driving up through Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wyoming, then Montana to Alberta. Awesome, awesome. Back to Dallas August 8th.

The Lazy U Motel, northwestern Nebraska

Lisco, Nebraska – The Lazy U Motel

Southeastern Montana, sunset

Storm cloud, Montana - mid July

Southeastern Montana

Montana - Grain elevators