Tuesday, November 29, 2011

People walking

A few tips and tricks from my course: bodies tall and slim; heads small, faceless and leveled; feet and legs not too detailed; variation in postures as well as in spaces between the individuals.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Laminatu cooking

My sister-in-law cooking plasass in our kitchen: spinach, peanut butter, chicken and some wonderful spices. This is a demo painting at my watercolor course, where we did interiors on Monday.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Canarian landscape

This is Barranco de la Cazuela - "Pot Gully" - where I went birding in the mornings. The light at this latitude is very much stronger than at home. I couldn't put too much pigment in the shadows to pick out the sunlit hillsides.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Grey shrike

I know the Great grey shrike as a white dot on a telephone wire in a snowy landscape. Here I met it in a sunbaked valley on an island off the northwest coast of Africa, where it chased down a huge grasshopper and then returned to its cactus perch. The local subspecies koenigi will belong to the Southern grey shrike if the species is divided, which is being discussed.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sanderlings

Tove and I are back from Gran Canaria. We were in a heavily touristed area but nature started just across the road. These Sanderlings were born in the Arctic a couple of months ago and obviously winter on the Playa del Aguila right outside our hotel area. They spent the nights among the pebbles, the mornings on the sandy beach and the days on some flat rocks. I love their swift jumps and rushes to avoid the waves and their ability to snap any minute creep that the waves wash up on the shore.