Saturday, July 24, 2010

Green still hanging on

Spring and summer are so colorful.  I have way too many photos that are little more than "shades of green". 

As summer turns into fall and winter gets closer, I'm more and more drawn to any green.  Once the grass is brown, the most ordinary of evergreens catches my eye.  I'm not a winter person, can you tell? 

I like how this looks like an evergreen nursery - how nice of those big trees to keep watch over those little ones like that!  Or maybe they're being herded somewhere.

Taken near Melita, in mid October. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010


One of these days, I'll get better at figuring out titles!

I like the juxtaposition of the waving grass in the foreground with the moody sky - it rained off and on through the rest of that trip.

Taken near Oak Lake Beach, October of 2008.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ducks in a row

Ok, ok, geese in a row, but I couldn't think of a clever title. 

Shelterbelts with evergreens are much less common, I like the way these look, with their perfect Christmas tree shapes. 


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Field stripes

Often when driving about, I see a scene that appeals to me.  Being a compulsive shutterbug, I usually stop to snap away.  But most of the time, the thing that appeals to me doesn't make it onto the digital file.  Maybe the moment passed.  I'd like to blame my equipment, but I suspect the photographer's skills may be lacking!

That was some random rambling!  Here is a random photo of a mown field - I liked the contrast between the stripes. 

Taken in late June, a few years back, near Hartney, Manitoba.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Baltimore Oriole in color!

Well, this is surprising!  I painted something!

Yes, it is a shock to me...  I haven't done a flat painting in years.  I used to paint model horses, but hadn't even done any of that in at least a year.  I got a beginners kit of Gouache paints a few months ago, but was too chicken to try them out.  On a whim the other day, I printed off a copy of my Baltimore Oriole, and proceeded to paint on it.  This is the result.  I started with the orange breast, and ended up with a more "abstract" look than I expected, but I find I rather like it!

I'm not sure what this would be considered, the drawing was originally mine, but I painted over a copy of it, but whatever it's to be called, it was FUN!

Hmm...  Should have added more orange on the bottom of the belly...  Maybe I'll do that later...