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Friday, February 22, 2013

 

Rockport and Whooping Cranes


 

To see (or not to see) Whooping Cranes...that is the question. Or where, out there, are they?

Can you see them in the picture? This photo was taken atop the large tower without a telephoto lens. The Texas Coast is vast...crane2.jpg


How about this photo.....better?

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I thought so too. While bird watching and keeping our eyes peeled for the endangered Whooping Cranes that winter over on the Aransas National Refuge (close to Rockport, Texas), Larry and I spotted eleven of these birds last Monday andTuesday. The first sighting was at the Aransas National Refuge and the second and third sightings were close to a place called Big Tree located at Goose Island State Park.


The following day I was determined to observe these beautiful and rare birds and their juvenile chicks. We found three in one ranchers field, contentedly pecking away at insects while cautiously watching their surroundings. We stopped outside the barb-wire fence, alongside the road and quietly observed how they moved.


A couple of blocks away in another field, we spotted two large cranes standing around a deer feeder waiting for the grain to fall. Interestingly the next day when we returned to observe the birds, the same two were waiting for the feeder to release grain. In the same field, there was a family of three more Whoopers strutting around a nearby pond that is surrounded by cordgrass. A couple of Sandhill Cranes were nearby in the same field.


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The photos are enlarged from one of the originals I took that day (digital manipulation is a great tool to use). I'm utilizing information I gained from the trip to develop a painting for Texas Hexes Designs (the series). Here is a pen and ink sketch that shows the beginning of a painting for the series. As I develop the painting further, I'll post a weekly update on this painting for you.


 


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Until next week I wish you peace/love; strength/health; courage/creativity; vision/reality







10:11 pm cst

Friday, February 15, 2013

WORKSHOPS and MAKING THE CONNECTION....

IMAG0275.jpgIMAG0275.jpgIMAG0277.jpgEarlier this week I was delighted to be a guest speaker for a group of lovely ladies from the Canyon Lake, Texas area. The Late Bloomer's Garden Club members and their friends came to listen to the story about my journey as an artist and the history that inspired me to paint and publish the Texas Hexes Designs series. We had a wonderful time! They are a great group of gals! I thought I'd share with you a bit of the process about how I approach doing a short presentation/workshop. 
When I do presentations, I write the speech, practice the speech and take the speech with me to refer to and rely on as I speak. I usually end up seldom using the intended speech at the event. I tend to share what I've learned with those who are willing to listen through story telling. I try to paint  desciptive pictures through words about the surroundings that are important to developing symbolism paintings. I try to involve the audience by using as many of their senses in order to help them understand more about the creative process and teach them how to go about developing a symbolism painting. We listen, we visualize, we become centered by deep breathing and stepping into a creative state of mind-if only for a few moments. We learn something new (a bit of geometry in this case) in order to allow us to feel a sense of accomplishment and utilize that new knowlege by applying it to our project. We "jump into the puddle with both feet" by using the tools artists use in order to create and complete our project (in this case, a hex symbolism painting).  We all learn from one another, celebrate the beauty of our creative spirit and come away with a clearer understanding of the creative spirit that resides within each one of us. We all leave with something valuable and tangible. The workshop participants understand more about the creative process by making symbolism art and take home their hand made art piece. I have reached out to new friends and shared what I do as an artist with them. 

8:45 pm cst


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