Monday, 21 August 2017

Another brief shining moment


Gotta catch those fleeting glimpses of sun! I had scheduled a restock of my farthest flung gallery an hour away and how wonderful it was to wake up to sunshine. I cant say I like it, but I've got used to the gloom, so when the sun arrived it was almost too bright, too technicolor, too awe inspiring. No wonder tourists flock to our valley.


I was thrilled to catch a few good shots further down our 80 mile lake and thought I'd share them with you. To give you some idea of the scale of this vaste landscape, that tiny whit dot just right of centre at the edge of the lake is a rather large cabin cruiser. The trees behind it are easily 50 ft tall.


And that island is Rattlesnake Island where Our lake monster Ogopogo is supposed to live in a cave. What a beautiful day!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Watch the Eclipse Today - Be Safe

August 21, 2017 — Total Solar Eclipse


A total solar eclipse is when the Moon completely covers the Sun. The handy link below has a search area at the top where you can type in your nearest city and all kinds of fascinating information will pop up specific to you. TIP:- Put the city and country without a comma.

If you want to view general information, click on links dated August 21st. You will see three animations and I found the center one most useful. For analytical readers, you can click around and find eclipses for years ahead, images, animations and graphs. 

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2017-august-21


NASA Television is offering a special live program, “Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA” with real-time coverage of the event from coast to coast. The nearly four-hour program will include unprecedented images of the Aug. 21 eclipse from numerous spacecraft -- including the International Space Station – high-altitude aircraft, balloons and ground observations. Each will offer a unique vantage point for the eclipse. 
Additionally, the broadcast will include live coverage of activities in parks, libraries, stadiums, festivals and museums across the nation and on social media. To watch the August 21st NASA TV eclipse broadcast online and access interactive web content and views of the eclipse from these assets, visit:https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive
Be safe. Read the information about the correct way to view the eclipse, because every eclipse many people disregard the information and end up with vision problems. 
The above iPad drawing, THE BOYS OF 36 is available in a limited edition 8" x 10" canvas print for $65 plus shipping by contacting me here

Saturday, 19 August 2017

It's that time again!


It's that time of the year again; Leslie Saeta is hosting her 30 paintings in 30 days Challenge. This is the 9th time Leslie has conducted the challenge: It comes around every January and September. Every time I think I'll give it a miss and then when the invitation pops into my inbox I sign up thinking I will be a bit more relaxed about it all and just do as many as I can. Then every time I get obsessed and complete all 30! I have to admit that it has become easier over the years.

If you want to kick start your holiday season prep, here is where you sign up. Come on, I dare you! Leslie Saeta 30 paintings in 30 days Challenge September 2017

Above are the paintings from my first 30 day challenge way back in September 2013. These are mostly tiny ACEO paintings. I still have one or two of the originals available, if there is one you love, contact me and I'll check my inventory. However, all are available as limited prints here. There may be a few I've missed, so again, contact me here and I'll rectify.

This year I've decided to focus on iPad drawing. The intention is to get a head start on next summer by completing 30 of my more richly layered local landscapes. These take quite a long time to finish, so it will be a real challenge, but if it gets too intense I can always intersperse with iPad kitty cat and doggie line drawings. I'm planning a good rest in December, so if I get ahead with landscapes I will be able to fully relax.