Just a tiny well house near a meadow. I liked the shadows on it.
Sometimes when I’m painting I have visitors who stay a while, and when they do they get included in the painting.
Here is a very quick sketch of an observation that happened right by my front door. I love watching nature in action. Done in a small Moly.
This was truly an amazing sight. I went for a drive on July 2nd up into higher elevations, and I’ve always known there were hillsides covered with pink pussypaws, but I’ve NEVER seen them in such abundance. I rounded a corner and they were even in the middle of the dirt road, covering everything. And right at that point my camera battery went dead, so I sat and sketched the pink phenomenon, but came back the next day with my camera ready—because it may be years until we see such a sight again. On the right in the circle you can get an idea of what the plant looks like. It is a rosette, only grows about 4-6 inches high, and the pink blossoms stand erect when the ground is hot and lie flat when the ground is coolish. We had some late rains in late May and very early in June, and that’s rare, so this may be the result of those late rains. I may drive up there again because it was just soooooooooooo gorgeous!!!
The dogwood is now past its prime until autumn when the leaves turn a brilliant red and the blossom turns into red fruits. The bird is a Western Tanager male. You don’t see them very often, but when they fly by he’s like a brilliant jewe against the dark pinesl.The manzanita berries are edible. The pioneers used to make a sort of jelly from them, and these days it’s one of the prime foods of black bears.