Beginning watercolor

7/12/2012 04:52:00 PM Edit This 10 Comments »
It's been really hot and dry here in the mitten.  The only things growing in our "lawn" are the weeds.  I can't help but wonder why it is that weeds never seem to mind the weather ... not the heat, not the drought, not heavy winds or rain.  Even frost doesn't kill them - they just fade away until the next growing season.  Their roots  settle in for a  long winter's  nap, and in the spring pop right back up, bright eyed and bushy tailed.  Ditto with the crab grass, quack grass, and other grasses that have nothing to do with lawns or gardens.  OK, I'll try not to complain anymore and look at the bright side.  Yes, there is a wee bright side.  I don't have to mow quite as often.  Enough said about all of that!

So, the other night I sat on our front porch with my sketchbook (it only has 5 sheets left!), my little Windsor &  Newton travel sized watercolor set, and my waterbrushes.   I'm never quite sure what you call them - the ones with the tubes to hold water with a brush on the end.   While I like to use those brushes for this kind of casual playing, I like to have a container of water to rinse them off in.  That way I don't have to keep filling them up.  Anyway, what I ended up doing was painting the yard in front of me.  I haven't finished it yet, but you get the idea ... yellow grass.  So far the trees seem to be doing OK.  The gardens, flowerpots, and hanging baskets are all we water because of the size of our yards - hence the dry and dead "grass".  Maybe tonight I'll be able to add a bit more to it, although the truth is that this view doesn't really have much more in it.  Evergreens, trees, and dead "grass".  sigh.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a second to leave me a wee comment - I love hearing from you!



10 comments:

Vicki Holdwick said...

I'm loving this one, Nancy. Your art never fails to please me.

More, please,

xoxo

Kristi said...

When someone ask what part of Michigan you are from, do you hold up your hand point to a certain place. Everyone I've ever met from Michigan does that when they explain where he or she is from. I think it's funny & cute. Nice sketch by the way :)

Kristi

marancat said...

I love the colour in your painting - you managed to capture the hot, dry look yet still get so much variety in the scene.
Here, it is just rain, rain, rain!

Linda said...

fab trees! Wish I could send you some of our rain - it hasn't stopped in ages! At least it is good stay indoors and do arty things however!

Cathy Holtom said...

Love the different colours, greart sketch!

Jennifer Edwards said...

Love the sketch Nancy!! Glad you are painting!! And it IS crazy about the weeds...they can endure anything it seems.

Louise said...

Nancy, this a beautiful painting! I love the variety of colors in the trees. Shame about the grass, but it seems that you have a quite marvelous view from your porch, nonetheless!

Dan Kent said...

Wow, Nancy, where on earth have I been? I love your work in color in this and previous posts. Great what you are doing - I will gladly continue to watch your journey only this time I'll try not to miss so many posts!

rebeccastahr said...

Very nice. Your grass ans yard sound like ours. 99 degrees here today in the Chicago area and my poor grass and landscaping has had enough of the weather. I did a happy dance the other day when we finally got a little rain.

sandycoleman said...

What lovely trees, Nancy. So much personality in each of them.