Bridge in Context

We observed that nature and humanity are very much in a partnership along the parkway.  It is hard to say which predominates.  If we quit mowing and trimming, Nature would predominate along the Yahara River parkway.  Yet the very existence of a river instead of a wetland shows human engineering and care.  The river as we see it between the lakes came about from dredging and a locks placed in 1905.

The scene I chose to paint illustrates this.

Week 4 – the effects of light

It was an interesting day to consider this question. The Sun was out and the temperature was perfect.

Week 4“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.  God saw that the light was good and he separated the light from the darkness.   God called the light ‘day’ and the darkness he called ‘night’.”  Genesis 1:3

What does the light reveal and what does it conceal?  How does the constant change in light effect  mood, colors and contrast?

Week 2 at the Tenney Locks

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…

Bridges Class starts Monday, June 23

iron.517While 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!

Making Folio Books for Bridges Class

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.

10 Reasons to take The Bridges Class

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  1. Admit it, you could use time to enjoy the out of doors.
  2. We have a rain plan.
  3. Mention this class at Lynns of Madison and she will give you a discount on supplies (5928 Odana Rd, Madison, WI 53719)
  4. Nancy Macgregor is a gifted artist and instructor.
  5. You don’t need to know anything about painting to join the class.
  6. You will learn something about observing and keeping a journal.
  7. Every day it is different along the Yahara.
  8. There is wildlife to observe there.
  9. Meet some nice people.
  10. Bridges are interesting to paint.

contact Dave Carlson at twobookretreats@gmail.com to inquire or register.  See poster and registration here.

Those Poppies at Willy Street Park

What does the world teach us? Sometimes to be patient.  I have tried to catch the corner of California Poppies that bloom at the Willy Street Park for several years. Between my schedule, the unpredictability of the blooms and the weather, it is tricky.  Apparently the world was not made for me.  At any rate I took a little time early in the morning to photograph and sketch. What I noticed is that the flowers moved from where they were at the start. I think they follow the sun, perhaps that is they they have those long irregular stems.

Speaking of schedules, the Bridges Class is open for registration – click here.