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Sketched in Green Turtle Cay, The Bahamas. Chicken in brush by roadside, and sketch from memory after snorkeling in Coco Bay.
Rainy creek in Santa Rosa, and detail of a tree outside Bonnie’s window.
I visited Green Turtle Cay, a small island in the Bahamas, in late January. Gorgeous water. This is a sketch of the small town of New Plymouth. Some comparisons to the actual scene (photo below) – I added a small boat tied up, to emphasis the feeling of the sea wall. I simplified the cars that park along the edge & added two pedestrians. The point, to me, is to have fun with design and express the feeling of the place.
This sign in Guerneville caught my eye. I found it amusing, like a recipe for what to do in this river town. Take one beach, add liquor store, and proceed! Baste with oil, then simmer under gentle heat. Rotate, brown all sides evenly. Enjoy!
This little leaf was a gift from someone at work. She thought I might like it. How kind! I accepted her gift and painted a picture of the leaf that very day. Its touch of bright green gives it a glowing appearance, contrasting with russet tones & brittle brown edges.
It’s important this year for me to be open to bids of kindness, to react thoughtfully and to offer my own “bids.” What is a bid? An effort to reach out. This little leaf. Or, for example, “Good morning, Marjorie.” And Marjorie, an acquaintance, says “Hrrmph! What’s good about it? Just another day in hell.” We’re all crabby from time to time or struggling with problems; that’s life, and friends stick by us. But what if this is Marjorie’s standard, everyday response, reflecting an overall negative attitude regardless of what’s going on? Eventually people may pull back.
What are the bids we notice and respond to? What are the bids we offer, and how are they received? Something I thought I would think about this coming year.