“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.”
(Rainer Maria Rilke)
I spent a lot of this winter feeling swamped – with work, that is – so on my recent trip to New Orleans, it was fitting that we took time out for a trip to the swamp!
Paddling in two person kayaks and canoes, we made our way through ever narrowing channels…
Beneath moss-laden trees…
Into the heart of the swamp. We were hoping to see alligators and didn’t have to wait long before we spotted our first one!
In fact, we came across at least five more throughout our journey!
(I think he was sorry I didn’t fall in…)
The activity wasn’t just in the water, though, but in the trees above us, too. During our lunch break, we had a perfect view of a nest of bald eagles!
And when we turned around for the paddle home, a Barred Owl gave us a good looking over.
Far from the noise and merry-making of Bourbon Street, our swamp trip was a reflective oasis in a fun-packed week.
I did a lot of sketches this past week in New Orleans. However, since my mom and I were out gallivanting in the French Quarter almost every day, my sketches were mainly confined to the quiet periods sitting in the airport, or the few times when I went down to the hotel lobby to see if I could capture some of the comings and goings. (One such fun sighting was Project Runway’s Tim Gunn. If I hadn’t been so shy, I would have told him that I’m a fan!)
My favorite sketch from the lobby (and no, it’s not Tim Gunn) is this one:
Last night when I got home, I did two more sketches. These were invented faces and were done with my beloved Carter’s flexible nib fountain pen:
Although I was working from my imagination, the inspiration for the two face sketches was this “how-to” YouTube video for rendering fashion faces:
P.S. YouTube is one of my favorite resources for “how-to” videos…and not just for drawing. My husband and I once learned a dance routine off of YouTube for a showcase dance at a symphony gala. How good were we? Well, that’s material for another post!
I guess you could say that I have a fascination with light, lanterns and lampposts…and my recent week spent in New Orleans provided lots of photo ops to feed this obsession.
The lanterns cast shadows long…
And short, yet ever present.
This post is dedicated to the memory of my father.
Some of you followers and fans may have wondered why I didn’t post on my “regular” schedule this past week. Here’s why…
“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.”
In other words, New Orleans happened! (Or, more correctly, I went there for a week of vacation with my mom.) More photos will be forthcoming.