Fun with a Watercolor Landscape

My friend Leslie White plays with watercolor paints a lot.
Between her art and her students, she’s forever connecting beautiful dots.
This is one of her latest better-than-Kodack-clickers-ever-dreamed shots.

Leslie White

hills

I have been feeling like I have been painting rather tight, lately. The above image was taken from a really abstract photo reference I found on wet canvas. I cropped the image to create a panoramic scene. I like how the light fell on the distant hills and the moisture came up from the surface of the ground in steamy looking fog. The whole scene, in the photo, was darker and cooler throughout and I added my own choices of color to this. I wanted the ground to cool in the foreground and the hills and middle ground to be warmed by the light coming through the clouds.

I am working with a new paper called Huile or Arches Oil Paper and I am really liking that I can paint and lift on the surface of this paper. It allows for me to play with the water and my brush…

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storm coming

 

Storm coming

Where?

When?

gathered sparrows,

Feeding.

Storm coming.

Oh?

So!

Fireplace. Fire

Storm coming.

                                                                                            @Cloud Man

"coming" @ eva Wojcik 2011

“mystery”

"mystery" @ eva wojcik 2011

Usually we feel more comfortable with all that we can see with our eyes in the daylight hours. But what of all we never see now just because it’s the dark of night or the deepening gloom of storm skylines? Joseph Conrad wrote of the darkness of the heart–but what of darkness of the mind and spirit? What of the darkness of the world at large that is often ignored or hidden?  Why hide what we’re proud to accomplish? There are “sunshine laws” regarding political work for reasons. One reason is that politicians do not always act in the best interests of anyone except themselves and the people who fund them. Yet many other nefarious and questionable actions are often played out during every day’s sunny times. Mysteries are not universally negative affairs. Much goes on during the nocturnal hours that is useful and positive for many animals and plants. Some of us are more creatively productive in the between times of twilight and dawn. What’s in motion during these transitional periods of light? It seems we are in a one such time of change and how we deal with the need to evolve to live in balance with other people and natural world of which humans are a part will decide how much longer our species gets to enjoy day and night.

Do you thrive in the in between light and dark times?

What’s moving in the earth beneath our feet?

Land Flows

@evawojcik

After all our focus on water it seems appropriate to give earth, as in soil, some attention. This energy-scape, Land Flows, is a depiction about how landscapes flow, how the energy forces move through soil, and the universal creative life force that never stops flowing through all things–including those down deep under our feet. We are connected in spite of what some mental constructs have asserted for quite some time.  Take a moment to imagine the energy flowing up through the soles of your feet. Imagine it flowing throughout you and then into everything within sight–and beyond. Beyond to those stars brought close by Hubble’s images.  Peace

“The Man In the Land”

The Man In the Land

 @evawojcik

Yes, there is a man’s face in this energy-scape.  His expression is not the happiest, but then, he is in and part of the land. All things considered he’s probably got a few issues.  One hint for locating him, he’s looking up. I’m wondering what else you all might find in the landscape. Please share your discoveries.  

watching

we see you

 

@wojcik 

We, as in we humans, constantly perceive our world only from our egocentric perspective–as if we’re the only observers in town. We’re not. Ever get the feeling you’re being watched in the most unlikely places? By unlikely I mean places lacking other humans.  Just because there aren’t others of our own kind in our company does not mean that we don’t have ‘company.’  The entire natural world is watching us. These days I suspect it’s watching done on HIGH ALERT due to all our inconsiderate  actions over the long-term.  Seriously, the next time you are out clicking away with your camera at everything that stays long enough in the viewfinder–take a deep breath, relax and take a good look at the trees, butterflies, birds and bugs in front of you.  Consider what they see as we stare at them for a moment before clicking and running off to the next attraction like manic visual addicts scrambling for another fix.  All living things breath in their own manners. Why wouldn’t they observe us as part of their world? We are biological organisms roaming around a biological habitat.  Yes, we have a LOT of company on this earth. Other living things may not ‘see’ us as we see them–and that’s been good for our survival. We haven’t been so good for the lives of other creatures though. We tend to spread like parasites, perpetually voracious ones consuming every thing in our reach.  Some times I think that all the other living things will turn the tables on us and treat us in kind until we are extinct. Other times I suspect that they’re just waiting for us to finish ourselves off–which we do seem to be doing quite nicely–if not fast enough for the comfort of the likes of the trees in my photograph. Ever wonder if they’re thinking, “Hurry up and be done with your own destruction so the rest of us can have some peace from the likes of you?”  I certainly wouldn’t blame them one whit for such wishes.  Everywhere I venture I take note of the continuing urban sprawling into the habitats of other living creatures.  We destroy the homes of geese, ducks, snakes, deer, foxes, shrews, fish and everyone else while leaving behind our discarded spaces of crumbling concrete and asphalt. Will we not stop until nothing else  has a place to live? Face it, we humans are the most awful invasive species/neighbors ever.  Perhaps our superiority complex will be the death of us. I suspect the trees are hoping it’s sooner rather than later.  Seriously–put yourself in their bark and check  out the view.

who you be

who you be

 @wojcik

Deer to deer  —> http://bigsurkate.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/mom-and-baby/

More creative energy connecting via nature. Photo to photo.  Blog to blog.

From the Agate Fossil Beds to California’s BigSurKate.  Yes, we can connect the deer!

Leslie’s Deer is still running –> http://lesliepaints.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/indiana-looking-west/

water mountain

water mountain

 

Shall we dance?

Danger! Buffalo!

warning buffalo are dangerous

 

Excuse me, but who pushed who to the brink of extinction?

Cheyenne River & Susan Fears Nothing

Cheyenne River view

Cheyenne River view

Susan Fears Nothing Whitehorse District 1922
Susan Fears Nothing Whitehorse District 1922
Susan Fears Nothing narrative 1922

Susan Fears Nothing narrative 1922

Cheyenne River View

Cheyenne River View

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