This lovely little dragonfly was on the sidewalk near a friend's home. Most of the 'cellophane' had gone from it's wings so it could not fly, even with a launch, so I brought it home. It sits on my dining room table breathing quietly. I have never watched a dragonfly breathe before. The blue tail expands and contracts rhythmically. I took a short video and have posted it on my www.joannethomson.com home page. This site doesn't take videos...
Wishing you dragonfly encounters of your own. j
Another tree portrait: Hemlock this time. At least it was in a hemlock grove and had young hemlocks growing from it. So I think it was hemlock. It is such a busy place, Cathedral Grove, but quiets down wonderfully when you enter a conversation with one tree. People walk past without interrupting, even ask their children to be quiet and not disturb 'the artist'. Quite lovely, and worth remembering. If you want to sit quietly and be undisturbed, just open a book and hold a pencil. You need not draw. Looking is enough and almost as profound as drawing.
On Tuesday past I went for a walk in Francis King Park and drew this wonderful cedar stump. I went back today and did two more drawings, one of two spires of cedar scarred by the same fire and one of an ancient Douglas fir. The mosses and lichens were bright greens and soft turquoises with the recent rains and the spotted coralroot wild orchids are in bloom. There were hummingbirds, junco's, ravens and I startled one robin who had her nest in the hollow of a huge Douglas fir tree. Wonderful to sit smell the air. j
Welcome to "Wild Anticipation". I hope this site will be a gathering place for organizations and individuals who celebrate the preservation and restoration of wild places. I have been privileged to wander and draw and paint in those places and this exhibition is to show you a small part of the legacy of your hard work.
With gratitude. Joanne