Thursday, October 28, 2010

Como Cattails and Pine Grove Window

Exploring a little ghost town called Pine Grove a few weeks ago I was reading the carved messages, initials and signs in the wood of the collapsed buildings. This one in particular caught my eye because of the ragged wood, mesh linings, old nails sticking out. Someone else thought it was cool too and carved that above the window. I liked the bright perspective of the landscape outside the window against the darkness of the wood.

After a very hot, bumpy, and very long drive up a dirt road we explored Como near Dayton, Nevada. Lots of juniper trees with pine cones blooming on the branches heavily covered in sap. Dirt roads go off in all directions. I set off by myself wanting to see the water source down by the trees. Rabbit brush blooming and me sneezing as I draw. Bugs of all kinds buzz around making me wonder how badly I want to be drawing there. A marshy area is full of cattails and milkweed and other yellow flowers - I decide to paint mine pink. I'm a little bored with the yellow.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Marlette Lake Hike and Spencers Cabin

We hiked to Marlette Lake yesterday before the rain hit. This little cabin is 280sq. ft and was where Spencer, a caretaker, lived years ago. The aspens look wonderfully bright this time of year on the hike leading to the lake. When we got to the lake and sat on some rocks to eat our lunch we saw a big beaver swimming by with a leafy branch. He saw us watching him and didn't like it so dove quickly under and away. He made my day along with just being up in Lake Tahoe for the day.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pink English Roses Watercolor

A friend of mine has lovely rose and she gave me some to dry for a grapevine wreath I am going to make. I am going to try and decorate it with things from nature and see how it goes. So far I have pinecones, several types of roses, some sedum, cone flower and I will find some other things to fill in. These roses smell sweet even with they are dry.

A looser study of the same roses with no ink. Might make a nice fabric print or wallpaper, makes me think of victorian wallpaper.

Monday, October 4, 2010

November Chrysanthemums and Old Barn

The chrysanthemum is the flower for November and some meanings are loveliness, abundance and wealth. I have white chrysanthemums that are getting ready to open any day. After our days of rain hopefully it will be soon.

This is one of the few old barns made mostly of wood without any rocks. The roof appeared to be a layer of dirt maybe on top of boards, but weeds started to grow so it acted like a sod roof. One of the old barns and animal pens in northern Nevada.