Blood Moon Sketch April 2014

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Last night was the spectacular Blood Moon. This is the first of four total lunar eclipses in a row, which is called a tetrad. Why does the moon appear red? The moon is reflecting the glow from the sun which is radiating on the other side and outer edges of earth. Position: Moon – Earth – Sun.

Last night I set my alarm for 2am, not really expecting to see anything because of cloud cover and snow fall from last night, I let out a squeal, when to my surprise, out of my southern window, my eyes locked with a partial red moon!

You may not have been able to see it, so I made a short, crude video. Not the greatest quality, however better than a picture, because my lens kept trying to auto correct the moon white! Here you can see a faint color red:

Enjoy while listening to a beautiful moon song, That Moon Song by Gregory Alan Isakov

Now if you missed it don’t be upset, you have 3 more chances:
October 8, 2014
April 4, 2015
September 28, 2015

Oh how happy I am for the blessings of nature and to be able to share them with you!

Struggling Spring Sketch

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Spring 2014

A struggle to wiggle free from winter’s grasp
As any warm day is promptly choked

And spring relents, refusing to quarrel
Aloof in reverie…

Are not the wildflowers underground awaiting?

Awake spring for good! Gather your strength.
Attack with your might.

Alleviate our distress!

 

Saturday was a beautiful warm day. The first really warm day this year. Even though most of it was under a thick gray sky, I took it with joy. The next day however, while we were promised mid 60′s, it quickly plummeted to the 40′s, accompanied by gusty winds and crabby attitudes. And just this morning I hear a little snow on its way…

Why is this spring struggling so hard to get here and stay???

Arrington Vineyards Watercolor Sketch

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This is Arrington Vineyards of Arrington, TN. Even in the month of March, the Vineyard is beautiful…and I can’t get enough of those blue rolling hills.

I’m a red wine girl, but it can’t be sweet. So at the suggestion of the friendly and knowledgeable  staff, I bought a bottle of Red Fox and sat on the deck of the lovely shop and enjoyed the atmosphere immensely!

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It was quite cold and very windy, however the deck has plastic shields and heat is pumped in to keep you warm. They allow you to bring your own food too! So instead of BYOB it’s BYOF…hahahaha!!!!

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The countryside is absolutely beautiful even in the cold . I would love to come back in the summertime and see the grapes growing on the vine. It would make a lovely watercolor sketch.

Radnor Lake Watercolor Sketch – Tennessee

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Vacation Time!!!
Oh Boy!
I recently had the chance to visit beautiful Nashville, TN, where there are green things growing and nothing is frozen! Yaaaaaaaayyyyyy! Holy Cow…this has been such a brutal winter in Chicago that I forgot what grass looks like. Really!

This sketch is of Radnor Lake, which is about 15 mins from downtown Nashville. Despite the cold look of the sketch (it was cloudy), the temperature in the morning was around 60°F…perfect for this frozen Chicagoan!

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Here is a photo. This lake is surrounded by beautiful hills with tree scalloped edges. That’s just mouth watering to me because I come from the flattest state ever! What had me in awe was the different shades of blue for each distant hill. Just amazing!

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And look who accompanied me on my hike…. wild turkey!!!!! Can you see him? There were 3 and it looked like 2 males chasing a female. She wasn’t too happy though! Hahaha

Hope you enjoyed this little getaway. More Tennessee sketches to come!

Hold on folks….spring is on its way!

Tender Devotion Watercolor – Winter Tree

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The light changes
and you catch yourself holding your breath.

A fiery glow in the horizon…enthralling.

Its ending presentation
a hot display
quietly
turns into a mauve hush.

Oh quickly went the dusk
that took my tender devotion;
Can we meet again tomorrow?

Over the weekend my intent was to be in the woods. As the day progressed other needs won my attention, not willingly though. As the hours passed, at one point I should have just jumped in the car and left but I couldn’t for the life of me. I don’t know why. I sometimes get like that. It’s like I was stuck. Discouraged, I said a prayer.

Just then as I looked out my window and the most beautiful winter sunset was a glow behind some trees.

God brought the nature to me. And I really needed that. This painting was done from my living room. God is good. His love endures forever!

If you would like a print or greeting card of Tender Devotion click here.