It’s been ‘snowing’ ashes and the wildfires in Oregon have jumped the gorge. meanwhile there is a category 5 hurricane hurling towards the east coast. Don’t get me started about politics.
I’ve been experimenting with some watercolors, trying to do a more muted and effervescent feel.This one was a based on some dahlias I grew in my garden but I added some petunias and bougainvillea. This one I purposely tried to make the background flowers fade into the white of the paper. What do you think?
Here is the most recent watercolor of some chocolate cosmos that may have died because it ‘s been so hot here in Portland. I’ve been trying to get the right shade of pink and I think I nailed it. And I really like the way the blue interacts with the flower on the left. I should’ve held my ground and not gone darker with the red on the right. But there’s always next time!
I’m off to Pennsylvania and Colorado to visit some friends and family. Hopefully I’ll get some good shots!
I have a new orange kitty named Matisse. As a result I’m extremely sleep deprived. He loves to attack my feet at night and go bonkers right when I’m trying to sleep. He also wakes me up at 5:30 AM sharp, meowing, “it’s time to feed me!” Any advice for the weary?
I haven’t made any new paintings this week because this cat is driving me nuts. I did get some extremely adorable pictures of him, photobombing my floral still lives.
Here’s the last painting I did, a mixed media study of bougainvillea that I saw back when I was visiting the Bay Area. I wish I could grow bougainvillea in Portland.
This past month I splurged on a yoga retreat (yes fancy )to Macheros Mexico. My creative coach Nancy Cuevas and I had been brainstorming travel ideas and when she told me about this magical idea to visit the mountain forests where crowds of monarchs migrate to from North America AND do yoga….I was SO in! I’ve added some of my favorite shots to my print shop. I need to a longer write up about my trip but I wanted to quickly give an update:
We did rooftop yoga! Here’s a black and white film shot:
I love, love the pink bougainvillea that grows in Mexico and California. I wish Oregon was warm enough, I would plant these all over my yard.
Just chillin’ on a hammock with a great view at JM Butterfly BnB. The weather there is perfect nearly all year.
A view from the top of the El Rosario Buttefly Reserve. Yes I galloped on a horse to get there!
These golden wildflowers grow in meadows near the forests and the butterflies love them.
Generally I think that Portland has some of the best flowers in all of the United States. There’s a reason it is nicknamed the Rose City- and Portland’s great not just roses. From the early hellebores, to the brilliant camellias, to the spring peonies, there’s a flower for all my heart’s desire in nearly all seasons. One thing that I am missing out on are the perfectly PINK bougainvillea that grows in California. The pink is so vibrant, it almost seems artificial.
Here I tried to take some pictures with a won’t sit still for the camera three year old.
These are taken with my brother in law’s Canon 5d Mark II and Sigma 80MM 1.4f lens. Add both to my wish list. I normally would say digital is inferior to film, but it’s like every shot is freaking brilliant on that combo. OK time to buy a Megabucks ticket.