September 21 Last Day of Summer

3 long weeks of work in the studio, classroom and on the road means it's time to head to the woods for some renewal. My busy schedule has left me little time to spend with my dog, Mojo. I decided to go somewhere we would both enjoy - Malmaison Wildlife Management Area. I decided to keep it simple and just bring the basics: camera, small sketchbook, small watercolor pan, bottle of cold water, binoculars and an apple.

cypress swale near the Yalobusha River in MWMA

cypress swale near the Yalobusha River in MWMA

What a perfect way to spend the last day of summer. Sketching and breathing in the color and light was a perfect revival.

sprawling cypress. hidden forest watering hole.

sprawling cypress. hidden forest watering hole.

beautiful cypress full of character.

beautiful cypress full of character.

What a wild and amazing "frame" 

decaying tree...my favorite place to find laters of life.

decaying tree...my favorite place to find laters of life.

high water in the recent past

high water in the recent past