". Arranged Words: New Phenomena

3 Nov 2020

New Phenomena

Hi everyone, 

 Appearances tell me November has arrived. This means, as of today, snow covers the rooftops, and most of the leaves have disappeared, but I haven't quite caught up with it yet. What a difference a week makes. The snow may stay or go, but mother earth has given us much and she has certainly earned her rest.
I haven't been out to capture this new phenomena, so here's to living in the past for just a little while longer.

The River Institute's sapling nursery.

  The River Institute plants native species of flowering plants and trees along the river to protect the ecosystem. In the spring, wild yellow irises line the river bank in one area.
Small birds delight in the cover and make their nests there. I found this out last spring when an angry bird started dive bombing me. I immediately moved on before I got a chance to recognize her and make her acquaintance, but I think she was a Wren.

                           I always admire this wonderful big house resting at the river's edge that I walk by when I skirt around  the parameter of the marsh. You could skip out the door and down to the dock, untie your boat and zip down the river, leaving any cares in your wake.  What a spot!

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I recently bought a few different types of pastel paper, but I've only tried out one colour so far. The package has several different colours, so I picked the lightest one for a painting I finished the other day. Pastelmat paper in grey looks good as well, but it arrived crinkled, so I will probably send it back. And a Clairefontaine Velour will arrive soon too. I like to blend certain areas with my fingers, (some pastel painters do not blend) and these papers are easy on the hands.

From the easel:

       Two colour choices for the mountains here. Haven't decided which colour I like the best.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post. I have replied to each of you on that post because Blogger, for some obscure reason, only occasionally sends me your emails. 

   Be safe and well. 

'Til Next Time

Cultivate Your Dreams

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  1. Looked at your About Me page to see where you live, and I guess it is that time of year for snow there. Here in Tennessee my gardens have yet to see their first frost. Your walking areas are so beautiful. Wrens are pretty vocal in my yard when it's nesting time, also. Personally, I'm partial to the first pastel, as I like more detail in the mountains to show they are more alive than just dirt. Very nice post.

  2. Wouldn't it be lovely to live in that old house surrounded by all that natural beauty. Your easel, Dixie, reveals two beautiful pastel paintings. I cannot decide which mountain I prefer, either. A lovely post remembering the Autumn that was.

  3. Absolutely lovely - my favorite season of the year!
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2020/11/remembering-summer-flowers.html

  4. Great colorful trees. Ours are mostly bare now of their color, but the ground is colored. Only a dusting of snow so far.

  5. There is so much about fall that goes so fast. One day the leaves are there and beautiful, the next day the tree is bare. Hard to keep up with it all. Beautiful pastel work!

  6. Beautiful pastels and pretty shots.

  7. Lovely shots. The pastels led me here. I am quite attracted to them. The house by the river's edge looks like a story illustration.

    Visiting from My Corner of the World,

  8. Dixie - lovely pastels - I think I like the first mountain color better (not that you were necessarily asking for opinions). We have had a couple of mild days so far this week, but temps drop as the week goes on, and our rain will turn to snow. I think I am ready, or at least I will be once I get my studded tires on tomorrow! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  9. The changes that autumn brings are quite obvious. I love your photos and your paintings. I can't decide which one I like better!

    It's great to see your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

  10. Beautiful pastels.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  11. Love the colours you captured in your photos and your paintings. Poor little bird must have gotten really startled. How exciting to try out new papers. Sorry to hear about the Pastelmat paper, hopefully you can exchange them. Both mountains are beautiful. The purple in the second one looks like mist to me.


  12. Beautiful photos and art piece!

  13. Lovely photos and I love your pastel artworks, they are lovely, Stay Safe, Hazel (Didos) x

  14. what lovely photos. And to have a home with so much land and water around- pure bliss. I think the painting with the purple mountains has a glowing and magical quality. beautiful! Happy PPF!

  15. What a beautiful depiction, almost like a mackerel sky. It has been a long time since I used pastel like this I tend to use them together with other mediums but the thought of using coloured papers makes my heart yearn to try once more. Stunning work. Thank you for sharing & Happy PPF Tracey x

  16. `...it sounds like you intruded on the birds territory! Lovely pastels, I will have to stick with my camera.

  17. Oh such beautiful nature photography and lovely artwork too~ ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. beautiful nature real life and and artwork.

  19. Hello,

    Gorgeous Autumn colors and images. Your art work is beautiful!
    Take care, enjoy your weekend!

  20. Hi Dixie :) Your pastel art is beautiful. I haven't done pastels in a while but I did notice that the paper really does make a difference!

  21. Beautiful painting! the photo are wonderful!
    Have happy weekend, Elke

  22. Beautiful shades captured in photos and paintings.

  23. Dear Dixie,
    I spent quite a bit of time on your blog this morning, exploring your beautiful photos and artwork, and just loved everything I saw! I enjoyed getting to know you too. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Friendship Friday at Create With Joy. CONGRATS - you are our Friend of the Week at Friendship Friday Week 457! :-)

  24. beautiful paintings.....love colors combination...perfect.
    Thank you for sharing wonderful photos.


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