Friday, August 05, 2011

Zoo Days and Shadows

I took part of my brood to the Zoo earlier in the week, on a sunny but cool morning that seemed well suited for animals, and humans, too.
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From L to R: daughter, g'son in stroller, me, granddaughters

My favorite three-year-old

Sister's Shadow Heart

I'm always on the lookout for pattern and repetition and no where did I find it so interesting as on the zebras and the giraffes. Early morning means lots of interesting shadows in the habitat.

I am working in my studio, painting with oils and having great fun, but I have nothing to show you yet.  My techniques need lots of work. Thanks to all the rain and cloudy days of spring and early summer my garden is at its prime, at a time when its usually burning up. I'm thankful for the conditions that makes gardening in the Pacific Northwest such a rewardingh lifestyle, even though the grayness sometimes sits heavy on my emotions. Still, I would not trade for long spells of 100+ degrees of heat. It's looking like we may not need our AC this summer. Suits me.
If you want to look at some interesting art have a peek at these blogs and websites from a few Oregon artists...

Randall Tipton's Painters Process
Marla Baggetta: Pastels
Jean Gale: Watercolor
Judy Wise: Wax


  1. Jo, these shadows are great!! Looks like you had a fun day. Also congrats on being in the paper, from your previous post.

  2. you sure are intrigued with shadows! these are great! Glad to hear you are having fun in the garden!

  3. Fun shots, and looks like a fun time! Love the photos of 'patterns' . Looking forward to seeing some of your work in oils.

  4. looks like a wonderful outing with the family-- I have a little grandson too.. he is 2 and a half years old.. they are so cute at that age. And you are right-- the weather is perfect right now.. sunny but not too hot.. enjoy!


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