Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Backyard Architects

All's quiet at The Crooked Little House now that the baby birds have left their nests. All the birdhouses are once again empty so I cleaned them out to make room for the next tenants.

This nest took my breath away because of its size and shape - square, fitted perfectly to the birdhouse. I have no idea who the architects were since whenever I rounded the corner of the house, all I saw was a flurry of brown. But it has all kinds of marvelous things woven through it. I will put it in a glass vase and keep it on the mantle so I can explore it further and do some sketches. The wrens nests fell apart when I tried to get them out of the houses. They make very loose, messy nests. But I poked through them and saw lovely little feathers, spider webbing and other interesting items.

Already this morning, I spied one little bird popping in and out of the freshly cleaned house. And soon the happy noise of babies will once again fill the air to torment the neighborhood felines.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sea Glass

This time of year, everyone's looking for a bit of sea glass to call their own. If you're lucky, you'll find it up and down the beaches in all colors and different shapes. This got me to thinking. The last original I did of Sea Glass with the sandcastle turned out to be quite a popular image. You can see it if you scroll down through my previous posts. So I've decided to create a line of prints and cards titled, you guessed it, Sea Glass. Here's a sampling from the new line. This way you will always have a piece of sea glass to take home as a remembrance of your time spent looking for the real stuff!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jake and Elwood

I've been working on a series of music pieces lately. This got me thinking about my current musical preferences and those from my past. My favorite kind of music is blues, not just traditional but more modern stuff like Robert Cray too. And then I remembered two of the coolest blues brothers out there: Jake and Elwood! So this painting is a tribute to the Blues Brothers. And wow, could they dance!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Slow and Steady????????

Thought everyone might enjoy a glimpse of the underside of this young male box turtle that resides at The Crooked Little House. Look at the size of those legs - this turtle can move. I think the slow and stead thing is a ruse. This guy took off at breakneck speed as soon as I put him back on the ground.

Friday, June 13, 2014

One More Time Dad

My lovely daughter-in-law had a great suggestion: to post the original pic of my Dad so everyone could see it more clearly. Of course I had to post another one of him in younger days too. My Dad, as well as my uncle, were professional golfers, and I think that's where I learned to do what I love and find a way to make a living doing it.

These old pics are not the best quality but I love the feel of it.
On tour, somewhere warm.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Importance of Dads

Happy Father's Day.

Father's Day is this coming Sunday. My dad passed away many years ago when I was still young and in the process of becoming. He was young too. I don't remember him as well as I would like but I do recall some things about my father that I will always treasure. I'd like to share them with you and with him if he's "watching".

I remember going for long walks in the woods; me with a lasso hoping to catch a deer. He would hold my hand and tell me to be on the lookout. When I didn't catch one, he would say, maybe next time.

I remember going ice fishing on Russell Pond; just Dad, my brother and myself. We would bring ice skates and spend hours trying to outwit fish on a cold New England afternoon.

I remember writing notes to him on a daily basis for perhaps a year when I was going through that, "I want a horse." phase. After he died I discovered he had saved every one.

I remember getting a new skating skirt for Christmas, and he took me to the town rink that afternoon. He would hold my hands in a crossover fashion like professional skaters do, and I was so proud to skate with him because he was such a good skater and incredibly handsome.

I remember how each winter, after working hard all day, he would tend to the backyard ice rink he built, spraying thin layers of water to build up a glass-like surface so we could glide endlessly without our skates catching on uneven layers of ice.

And I remember how every Valentine's Day he would bring me the most beautifully decorated heart you can imagine, filled with luscious chocolates.

There are many more memories I have stored away in that special place reserved for kids and their dads. I also have memories of my brother John who stepped in on a regular basis, and still does, as a substitute dad for my boys. So to my brother, and dads, and moms who must be dads too, I wish you a day of joy and love and remembrance.

This is a book I created to honor my father. The picture was taken when he served in the Navy. It's a wistful photograph, one of daydreams and longing, and I call it, "Looking for Mermaids".

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sea Glass

Sea Glass comes in a variety of shapes and sizes including some like this!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Always Recycle

I don't know if any of you remember when I spent a year painting cloudscapes, en plein air, in my backyard. I had a wonderful showing at the aquarium and now I still have a drawer full of them left. I can't stand the thought of my clouds never seeing the light of day, especially since they were the light of certain days, so I've begun using them as backgrounds for new paintings.

Here's the first attempt called, "Take Out". It's on its way to Seaside Art Gallery in the morning.

I began with a light pencil sketch of the subject.
After adding the water, I began work on the tree limb.
Here's the finished painting.
Copyright E.M. Corsa 2014