|Vincent with his favorite bird, the golden eagle|
There were two additions this year that particularly drew our interest...
For my own journaling, I focus on dry-brushing, but I love looking at watercolor of all sorts. This comprehensive tide-scape done in watercolor was a special treat to examine. It's called "The Great Tide Pool" by Emily Underwood.
The kids spent a few minutes pointing out all the marine life they could identify. All the usual sights were included, a sort of compendium of our local coastline.
I especially liked how she captured the cormorants that cover the white-washed rocks just off shore in that last shot. It's so similar to what we see on our drive down to Asilomar but I have never been able to express it in ink or paint.
We all were also drawn to this exhibit by Megan Gnekow. They look as if they are pinned butterflies, and certainly the museum has more than its share of preserved creatures to observe. But these were actually of paper! The artist-naturalist described her process of creation, and I took careful photos so that we could attempt to duplicate the activity at home.
It involves careful observation and brushwork of both under- and over-wings, then mounting for view. The artist used tabs so that the wings could be moved up and down to make both sides visible.
I'm looking forward to trying this out alongside my butterfly-and-and-craft-loving children.
And I can't leave out this rendition of one of my favorite birds, the kingfisher, along with his stuffed brother nearby:
It reminded me of this lovely mention from Elizabeth Goudge's Pilgrim's Inn:
"One sees the oddest things in the woods," agreed David.Each year they have out a table of treasures, along with microscopes and magnifying glasses and lots of drawing paper and pencils. It's great for keeping the littles occupied while my big kids and I make our rounds of the place!
"What were you seeing?" asked Sally.
"Nothing out of the ordinary. Just a kingfisher. Though actually a kingfisher is a bit out of the ordinary, isn't he? A heavenly bird."