Summer! 

Finally! Hot weather! 

Well, here in Trinidad and Tobago, it’s hot … reellll hot, as they would say. 

We had an unexpected and unplanned trip … Tin was asked to come down and try out for the national soccer u-17 team, so here we are. So far, it’s been a lot of hard work and practice in the heat and humidity, but he’s holding up. 


They had a break from the training over the weekend, so of course, that means … beach! 



And of course … a little game of beach soccer! Can’t get away from it 😏


And where was I? Under the umbrella of course … yarning! 😁

Oh yes … time to relax … 


Have a good summer, everyone! 

‪World Environment week … Save Our Oceans .. I Live By the Sea

More on the #SaveOurOceans exhibition.

A youth photography contest to show where they live, by the sea.   And they have some great photos there, better than what I could have taken.

Like this – my favourite … ‘Perpetual Pleading’ … and the Baltic Sea one …

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LoL … yes, Hubby did always say that crabs were aliens.  I should show this to him …

 

Sad to see the effects of pollution on the waters and oceans …

I shall be more mindful of cleaning up after myself when at the beach.

 

‪World Environment Week … Art to Save the Seas ‬

It’s ‪World Environment Week , with a Save Our Oceans theme.

There are several exhibitions going on, but I haven’t seen all of them.  Here’s just a few that I saw, on my hurried way to work.  And what a way to get our attention!

Here’s Nora the Salmon 🙂

I was drawn to her, out of the three sculptures.  Something about her rising above the pollution … or maybe all those shiny parts on her body.

 

 

I liked Stella the Seahorse as well.  Didn’t find her as dramatic as Nora the Salmon, though.

 

 

And Grace the Humpback Whale … well, I guess the tail is really the most recognizable part, isn’t it?

 

If our children, and children’s children, and their children are to enjoy Mother Nature’s gifts to us, we really do need to start cleaning up now.

We don’t think much of it, but those plastic bags and lines, garbage and trash, other objects foreign to the seas are destroying the planet.

I can’t think of a time where our children or grandchildren will not be able to enjoy running on a sandy beach in the warm sunshine.

Can you?

 

#SaveOurOceans

 

White on Black

Here’s something that I’ve been working on for a while now.

You know when you have a sudden flash of inspiration or idea and you just want to get it down on paper right away before you forget?  well, the white pens and black paper was right next to me, so I picked that up instead of going for the black on white.

And you know when you work on something too much and fiddle and fiddle with it, and then you do something that you don’t like, but then you can’t cover it up any more?  Well, that’s what happened last night – it started to get sloppy there at the corner.  So I said enough for this.

This is what it looks like under the lights, no filters or retouching.  The lighter coloured white is silver metallic on black.  It makes it shine a little under the lights.  The solid whites are done with the Sakura Gelly pens, in white.  Makes a nice highlighter and filler-in.

I wasn’t sure if I should fill some more, because to me, the bright whites were enough for a contrast.

This is the same picture, but with a mono filter, which makes it more black and white, than brownish.  It kind of looks flat to me now.  Maybe with this filter, it needs a little more shading for a more defined look.

I see some design elements that I like, which I will try to replicate and probably beat it to death until all the doodles start to look alike.  I keep reminding myself that I should practise other designs to incorporate more diversity in the drawings, but I end up drawing the same shapes and designs.  Something to work on another day …

Which look do you prefer?

 

May Flowers

And we’re in the month of May …

We’re so looking forward to the spring weather, but it only shows up every once in a while.  A day of sunshine and warmth, and then a 20-30 degree drop in temperature overnight and into the next day or two or three …

I was looking forward to the flowering of the dogwood tree in the garden.  And yes, the flowers are the same, and look the same year after year, but I think that maybe there may be a bunch that’s different from the last year that I can take photos of …

And I thought that I would have a couple of hours in the afternoon during the weekend to spend some time with it, but an overnight frost blew in during the week, and now they’re starting to wilt …

They haven’t even had the chance to fully bloom and change to a deeper pink hue 😦

*sigh* What to do?

I took pictures, of course!

How’s your spring coming along?

 

 

‘Late Nights’ Done

I’m done with the late night doodles …

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I wanted to do a bit more with the middle part, but no ideas were coming to mind.  So apart from a little more shading here and there,  I’ll call this done !

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I’m getting closer to what I think of as a mandala.  Maybe the next one …

Oh, and Happy May 1st!