Friday, July 27, 2012

The fox, the deer, the herons and the cats


Crab apples in free fall
Acrylic, black marker, and coloured pencil
on watercolour paper
6 x 9 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012

This sounds like a fairy story title I know.  But these
are just some of the creatures we’ve seen in the past few
days.  Driving here at night you have to be constantly
vigilant first of all  for country cats and kittens who play
along the tall grasses at the side of the road, probably
hunting mice.  But we have seen more than one deer
crossing our path on the highway.  And foxes slink away
off the road making a quick get away.  The blue herons are
back in the river bay just down the road at Wallace, Nova Scotia.
Tonight we came home to find a deer slowly sauntering into the
 woods near our apple tree.  Steven pruned the tree until its boughs
are like an umbrella, when you walk under it – the branches
surround you, thick with small, green crabapples.

This drawing is of some apples I scattered onto our
table and then tried to capture.  Across the room from me
in the school house are branches filled with apples, arranged in
a white, Victorian pitcher.  They spread dramatically across
a ten foot span.  A dreamy amount of space for us, used as
we are to city cramped quarters. 

Other than that it was another gorgeous day at the beach.

Have a seeing-the-magic-around- you day.

5 comments:

Melinda said...

I can tell by this lovely drawing that the world there is shiny and clean, unimpaired by the grit of the city and the close-in feeling that we have when surrounded by thousands.

What a fabulous place where you are. I hope each day makes such a good memory that they will carry you through those wintery days ahead.

Hugs!

painterchum said...

gorgeous crabapples watercolour Barbara. loose and free, just like you must be feeling out there in never-neverland.
holidays are so the best.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

True it is ridiculously clean and shiny here. I am holding onto a positive view of life, don't want to think about the fast pace of the city. I do need it and love it when I'm there.

xoxoxoxoxoxBarbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

It has been a real vacation -- but not much painting. Three days left.
Maybe.

Love your work.

XO Barbara

Kim Rempel said...

So fresh and green and lively! Perfect Barbara!

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