About the MotmotExploring the natural world with pencil and paper from high atop a one-story bungalow in the middle of Oklahoma.
Author Archives: zeladoniac
Today I set the easel at the edge of a pickleweed marsh in full sun. I’d no sooner gotten the first color strokes roughed in when suddenly the marsh was swaddled in cool gray tones. Not a shadow in sight. … Continue reading
At Moss Landing State Beach sketching a fine raft of scoters in the gray-green sea. Lovely Pacific.
At Elkhorn Slough, taking it from rough sketch to pastel painting:
On the jetty at Moss Landing, drawing brown pelicans and California gulls, hearing sea lions bark and inhaling aromatic sea salt mixed with giant kelp. Almost edible. Harbor seals snore on the beach and sea otters lay on their backs … Continue reading
A homecoming for me. Painting the beautiful central coast. Happy to be here, with pastels and pencil. Is it Thursday? I’ll be here another week. What could be better than fall at Elkhorn Slough? If I find something, I’ll let … Continue reading
From Barro Colorado Island, Panama, with love.
We’ve had two feet of rain this month. Yesterday, an early morning storm arrived with a tornado warning that sent me and Gizmo splashing down into our flooded basement. Our yard may be squishy, but some of our neighbors could raise catfish on their lawns. That’s a real … Continue reading