Saturday, February 16, 2008

Shades of blue

Waterman's Pond
copyright Jeanette Jobson

My week has been pretty busy and I haven't had much time to do any significant drawing. I'm feeling the withdrawal of it. Saturday is my day to rush around and do errands, clean, cook and by the time I've done that I usually collapse on the sofa by late afternoon and fall asleep. Then Sunday is teaching again. It may be time to cut back a bit.

I've made some starts on portraits, both animal and human, but they haven't amounted to anything that I'd want to show the world. I have so many ideas spinning around in my head, at times just nothing comes out.

I love the shades of blues in this photo of a pond that's along my walk route. Its usually quiet there with just some wild ducks appearing to take up occupancy. Until the ice leaves the pond, the silence is interrupted by snowmobilers. Living in the country, most people think its a quiet, idyllic life, but at times, its quite the opposite, when either snowmobiles or ATVs race up the trail to the woods and ponds beyond the house in the wee hours of the morning.

Roll on summer...


df said...

Nice photo.
are you planning to paint it?

Rose Welty said...

Jeanette, I've been looking through Dow's book on notan all afternoon. I got to thinking that I need to find a landscape that fits in with that style, but just couldn't imagine it. And then you post this lovely picture, I shall have to endeavor to look harder. Hope that it gets on your easel at some point!

Jan said...

Know what you mean about the misconception that most people have about rural life. While we don't have snowmobiles or ATVs here, there's the tractor delivering hay to the cattle across the road. And there's the guy who works on his car and uses our country road as a testing track for future ventures into the racing world.

But even if humans left the area entirely, the sounds of the crows cawing, the cattle lowing and dogs barking would be enough to shatter the peaceful quiet.

I love your photo and hope you do paint it!

Jeanette said...

Thanks DF. It may end up on my easel at some point.

Rose, if you want to use that photo, please feel free to do so. I can email you the original size if you like.

Yes, its funny how the concept of rural life doesn't meet up with the reality isn't it Jan?

If anyone could hear the population of the barn as they start the day, there'd probably be a noise ban. Actually with when we had more geese in there, we measured the decibel level and it was approaching that of a jet taking off!

Robyn said...

Beautiful photo. We seem to have the cold but not the beauty of snow. A can look at that scene and imagine I hear the wild ducks - but the yobos on the snowmobiles is beyond belief!