Welcome! This blog began as an assignment in a digital art class. That was in 2008. I decided to keep it going as my art journal. It is fascinating for me to see how a painting develops, so this is where I post my painting progressions and exciting new things I find on creative blogs and websites. I hope you will learn along with me about painting, drawing and all kinds of art.


Tetlin NWR (Yarger Lake) plein-air painting

So I don't know who this person is, but I like their quote:
There is an undeniable urgency when painting outdoors – nature's so grand, the canvas so small. It takes the human mind with all its grand abilities and complexities to sort through the overwhelming visual feast set before it and re-create on canvas the essential components of such beauty and wonder. - Jan Blencowe 
My thumbnail sketch here is pretty sketchy, to say the least. But ... we had a great time watching the birds and other wildlife at this little lake in the Tetlin NWR.

We think this little sandpiper is a Lesser Yellowlegs.
 It is sometimes hard to tell.  He was getting pelted by the rain! (We were in a blind.)

 We saw beaver, muskrat, Sandhill Crane (heard them too!), 
Spotted Sandpiper, grebe, scaup, Common Goldeneye, Mew Gull, Gadwall (?)
 I did a teeny painting! (see above quote)
Summer Green   6x8 inches,  oil on linen

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