latest updates: Theme Challenge
I just noticed the forums section and saw the August theme is My Favorite Rocks. I remembered this sketch I did on August 1 so I guess it qualifies!
Pencil and a small WN watercolor box with a water brush in a pocket moleskine.
Cave bear (Ursus spelaeus)
I did this one, 2 years ago, for an educational board for Bijambare reserve, which has 7 caves. It was an EC financed Project led by my(humbe)self. We did tourist paths within the longest cave (420 m), illumination, toilets, parking, Info-house, promo-materials, Info-boards, brochures, film, radio jingle, etc. We used photographs and technical drawings for everiting else, but there were no photos of the cave bear, and available illustrations were copyrighted, so I did it myself.
Not so long ago (in geological terms) such bears used to live there…
there is an awesome sculpture that is a group of basalt columns with granite boulders on to of them downtown spokane near the river walk. there are more than this and i didn’t do them justice. the sculpture is by Michihiro kosuge, if you’re ever here check ‘em out…
One hour hiking up from my appartement, Vercors Natural Park, a place called Oeile Pass. Watercolors.
This is my favorite swimming hole. I spent a couple of summers just floating around there in an inflatable armchair with a drink and a good book. What a life of luxury! It’s partially surrounded by a cliff, which is another of my favorite rocks. My dog used to bark like mad whenever I went into a lake, but she was OK with this place because she could keep track of me. Haven’t done any floating this summer and I don’t know why.
This is Frazier Falls at the end of August when the flow of water is minimal. In May it’s a raging torrent, but it is sometimes hard to get there because the snow may still be fairly deep at that elevation. This is a very quick sketch done with Pitt markers. Note the people at the top, where the rocks are pretty much flat and one can climb around on them and even take a sunbath. I would say those are some of my “favorite rocks”, but I have others too.
My favourite Rocks, Dunbar, East Lothian – Ink and Acrylic in a Watercolour Moleskine
This is my entry for this month’s challenge. I have fished from these rocks, for many years. They are situated to the east side of Dunbar harbour and its castle. The sea is rich in many varieties of fish such as whiting, cod, pollack (coal fish) and wrasse which are hard work to catch as they live near the rocks and dive under them when threatened. I once even caught a scuba diver. If the fish are not cooperating I just stand there watching the gulls and cormorants dive-bombing the seals. I love the sea and just to be there, on my favourite rocks, is so therapeutic.
I lay upon the headland-height, and listened
To the incessant sobbing of the sea
In caverns under me,
And watched the waves, that tossed and fled and glistened
Until the rolling meadows of amethyst
Melted away in mist.
Palengenisis – H W Longfellow
My scene shows the Dunbar based lifeboat, the John Neville Taylor, on exercises. She is an “All weather, Trent Class” boat which is one of the RNLI’s biggest types. There is also an smaller, inshore boat based at the harbour. UK lifeboats – The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) are run by volunteers and funded by charitable donations. Over 137,000 lives have been saved by many different boats since 1824. Extremely brave people! Most Scots donate generously to this worthwhile cause.
Dunbar is probably best known as the birthplace of John Muir, the naturalist, who emigrated to America and came up with the concept of the National Park, arguably one of the finest ideas ever to emerge from The United States. There is a museum dedicated to the man in the town, a statue of him as a young man, in the main street and a small nature reserve to the west of the town. http://www.flickr.com/photos/28475994@N00/3774584576/
Dunbar castle, itself, is now completely ruined and functions as a massive refuge for thousands of nesting seagulls. It was to this castle that Bothwell abducted Mary Queen of Scots in 1567 and they were married soon afterwards. An army was raised against the “ruling” nobles at Carberry (Near Mussleburgh) but battle did not take place, Mary insisting that Bothwell be given safe conduct instead of fighting. She was soon to be imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle and forced to abdicate in favour of her infant son, James. Its a pity that Dunbar Castle is beyond repair as its historical links are without question. A large part of it was demolished when the present harbour was widened in the nineteenth century.
I found myself with a little free time this evening and decide to give the August theme challenge a go. The ‘favorite rocks’ in this case are the stones in my engagement/wedding ring.
My husband and I just celebrated our first anniversary on Tuesday and are in the process of planning our reception this Saturday (we eloped on the spur of the moment the day after he proposed in San Diego, so the party is for all the family and friends to celebrate with us). The stones (rocks!) are a central ruby flanked by two diamonds. He did such an amazing job picking a one-of-a-kind, gorgeous ring and every time I catch a glimpse of it, it reminds me how much he means to me and how much I am loved.
Anyway, enough mushy stuff, there are a few of my truly favorite rocks.