Sketching an Alaska Winter Moon

Winter in Alaska is so unique. It isn’t dark all the time, just most of the time. For a few hours the sun drags itself from southeast to southwest and we see a glow, but not direct sunshine. It isn’t awful and it isn’t miserable; it’s just a little pathetic. I noticed at noon right now it is as light as it is at midnight in June. That’s pretty pathetic.

I stopped to sketch this at about four o’clock in the afternoon facing southeast from Eureka Summit, Alaska. It was -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Lots of blues and purples with an orange glow in the sky.

Winter Eureka Moon at Four O'Clock

Alaska Winter Moon at Four O’Clock/Eureka

Along with many other people, I’ve been thinking about goals and direction at this beginning of a new year. My favorite thing to do is to teach in a way that encourages students. I love to see people “get it”. I want to get some watercolor demonstrations on this blog and I’ll get around to it. I also want to teach more workshops.

I want to use art to help you to encourage others and this is what I have in mind: I’m going to give twenty-five of my art prints away to your friends!  The only charge will be for shipping: $5.00 in the USA./$7.00 everywhere else. (I also had to charge 1% to make it show up as an item)

Here are the rules:

1) I will ship one print to your friend and charge you only shipping, but remember, it is a gift to your friend. You only get one (one print, not one friend). The site will allow you to order more than one, but I’ll only give one print for this offer.

2) You have to tell me something encouraging to write on your choice of print (ie: “To my amazing Cindy from your ever-loving Tom”, “Thank you for being a friend”,  etc)

3) I’m offering this to my blog readers first(that would be you), then over to my Facebook page in a couple of days, but I’m limiting it to twenty-five of my thirteen prints.

Here is the link.  At checkout, use the code: MyFriend for this offer. You will see where to apply it on the right, near the credit card icons in a blue font. Let me know if you can’t find it by making a comment.

A New Series and a Newer Website

I haven’t posted for some time, since I’ve been busy getting this website to function as more than just a blog. It is amazing how much time it takes to research options and set it up. Thankfully, I haven’t had to do this alone or it would have never happened. I finally have a place to sell and display art. There are several more pieces to post as well as the details of size and prices. Here is a piece available on the gallery.

Close-Up Geranium, watercolor

The next post will begin a new series called, “My Way or the Highway”.  During the summer you might see me sitting by the road as I sketch views along the Glennallen Highway here in Alaska and flora or fauna nearby-that part is the “my way”. We have some of the most amazing wildflowers. In fact, I sketched the first ones yesterday!

With a Muffin and a Marker

The online sketch group I’ve joined is full of the most talented people! It has been exciting to see how people fill a page and the possibilities of paper, marker, and a little paint. I’ve seen beautiful letters and exquisite drawings. I’m trying to learn how to design pages in my sketchbook to include words. Letters aren’t easy. A mountain or a tree can have an extra line and it isn’t noticed, but letters aren’t as forgiving. And I’m not going to show you those pages in my sketchbook.

Last night I was hungry for a muffin. Not just any muffin. I wanted the muffin I had in Auckland, New Zealand on our vacation last year. It was full of cheese, spinach and fresh tomatoes. Oh, it was so good with that latte! This muffin is close, and it is only missing the vacation ingredient. I’m going to post the recipe below in case you can’t read the letters from my sketch.

Savory Muffins

Mix one egg, 3/4 cup milk, 1/3 cup oil in small bowl.In larger bowl mix: 2 cups unbleached flour, 1/2 tsp dry mustard, 3 tsp baking powder, 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt. To dry ingredients add: 1/2 cup diced cheddar cheese, 1 cup chopped, uncooked spinach, 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds. Mix all together and bake in greased muffin cups @ 375 for about 20 minutes or til golden. Makes 12. (I didn’t include this in the sketch because I ran out of room, but I sprinkled the tops with grated Parmesan cheese)