First we thought about this:
– …the universe… is before our eyes like a beautiful book in which all creatures, great and small, are as letters to make us ponder the invisible things of God… (Belgic Confession, Article 2)
Think of a time when you were able to hear the message of the universe and its creatures. What allowed you at that time to hear that message?
Then we painted…
along the walkway
an interesting house
the Locks “lighthouse”
Do to threatening eater, we met at the Tenney Park Pavilion and worked with the Iron Bridge there. Next week we will try the Locks. Painting outside is always an adventure.
We took a moment to consider all the life forms around us at that location. If we knew more names of plants and trees we would have a long list indeed, but out included a number of birds, people doing a variety of things, and one muskrat.
Here are some pictures of our work on the bridge. All of our “sketches” are incomplete at this point.
we got to vote
applying a green wash
Dave’s incomplete watercolor
While we awaited the start, the weather has gotten dramatic in Madison. A tornado hit one part of town and on the East Side we had a lot of tree damage. Fortunately it was only property damage. This is one of the things we noticed last year in this class – the River is always changing – the trees as they grow, the water flows differently, the light changes. And now there may be some tree movement along our course.
If you forgot to register, well, show up with supplies and a check at Tenney Park Pavilion at 9am!
We are giving out hand-made folio books at the Bridges Class. These are for use for the observation and reflection part of the class. Erin Carlson has been making books for fun and gifts since a middle school project for “Colonial Days”. These books are made with watercolor paper, which was a bit of a challenge because of its thickness. The covers are tag board. We folded, sewed, cut and glued away on a couple of evenings.
This could be in itself a future class on making and keeping a journal. Stay tuned for that.
cutting down the paper
folding the pages
folding thick pages
ready for sewing
preparing for sewing
my view of it
lots of gray
note the shades of gray to white between the sky and the statue. Yikes!
the poster view
Here are some works from a travelling class with Nancy Macgregor. We were in the garden at the Madison Christian Community on a sunny but cloudy day. Then we were at the Memorial Union on a grey and rainy day. But we found a canopy over the bandstand for outside painting, while some chose to paint inside. So here is life and its imitation. and because it is two weeks away another clip of the Bridges Class poster.
- Admit it, you could use time to enjoy the out of doors.
- We have a rain plan.
- Mention this class at Lynn‘s of Madison and she will give you a discount on supplies (5928 Odana Rd, Madison, WI 53719)
- Nancy Macgregor is a gifted artist and instructor.
- You don’t need to know anything about painting to join the class.
- You will learn something about observing and keeping a journal.
- Every day it is different along the Yahara.
- There is wildlife to observe there.
- Meet some nice people.
- Bridges are interesting to paint.
contact Dave Carlson at email@example.com to inquire or register. See poster and registration here.
We took a boat trip in the Horicon Marsh for my birthday. There were a couple of highlights, an eagles nest, swallows chasing an osprey, and all on a perfect bit of weather.
vie from the boat
male and female bald eagle
tree done in by beavers
cat tails everywhere
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