About the MotmotExploring the natural world with pencil and paper from high atop a one-story bungalow in the middle of Oklahoma.
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It was a year when plein air painting got a lot more fun, which I think is worth noting, and when I found new beauty in old and familiar places. I had a decent year of painting, exhibiting, teaching, drawing, writing, and learning how to breathe … Continue reading
A good haul from California. Got home to Oklahoma very late last night, couldn’t sleep, pulled out the 14 pastels for review and was fairly pleased. Want to go back and get some more, soon. You can go home again. … Continue reading
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