Daybreak at the Dawn of Time

#WorldWatercolorMonth Day Twentyfive

Here we are just after the Dawn of Time. At dawn. Thick, dense volcanic clouds obscure the morning Sun, and only the sturdiest of trees and grasses can make this volatile world their own. Animal life is yet to emerge on land, although there are a few tiny creatures swimming in the little rock pools that are yet to merge to form oceans. Daylight is scarce, due to the cloud cover, yet there is still a comforting golden glow that shines through. Warm winds swirl around the landscape, bringing with them torrential showers and thunderstorms, and sheet and fork lightning that dance with the volcanoes that spew their molten contents high into the atmosphere.

For a few moments, when the volcanoes rest, and the dust settles, an eerie peace surrounds the land. But only for a few seconds. As another enraged volcano erupts in a fiery anger the peace is shattered once more.

Most definitely not the calmest of times.

It’s a good job that we don’t live in times like that now, don’t you think?

This is a watercolour experiment. Well, every one I paint at the moment is, I suppose, but I painted this one very wet. I wanted wild. I wanted fiery. I wanted light breaking through the darkness. I wanted volcanoes and mountains and hilltops fading away into the distance under a golden Sun… but because of all the wet, the colours had their own ideas. The trees look electrified and frozen, but I can also make out strange faces, observing the maelstrom before them in a completely alien world that appears to be mostly fire.

My imagination takes me off to the strangest of places… but, being honest, I really love going there!

Starlight Reflections

I sit upon a cloud, looking down upon the sleeping world below
I gaze intently at the Earth’s horizon, with its comforting deep blue glow
I ponder life as it is, and see it how it could really be
Then I realise that the only change I can make is a change within me

I float effortlessly as I fly around in the cooling Summer night air
Soft white clouds blanketing some stars above, although stars are everywhere
I watch a distant star twinkle brightly and then see it fade away
And I imagine one of that star’s worlds waking upon a brand new day

I hover, looking out across the millions of miles between this new world and mine
And I imagine one of its residents looking back at this exact same time
I feel an instant connection, across the vast emptiness of space
And even within my mind’s eye, I think I can make out a face

I open my mind, and begin to think of a nice and gentle way to say hello
And I notice that my new found friend appears to shake his head, and say no
I hear his voice reflected off the light of countless stars
You’re not yet ready to meet anyone new, your people are so different to ours

I sit upon a cloud, looking down upon the sleeping world below
I gaze intently at the Earth’s horizon, with its comforting deep blue glow
I ponder life as it is, and see it how it could really be
Then I realise that the only change I can make is a change within me

30 Minute Regatta

#WorldWatercolorMonth Day Twentyfour

A quick wash of blue for today’s watercolour as we venture out onto the open seas, where we stumble across an armada of sorts, seemingly bobbing aimlessly on the still waters. There are people on board each of those boats, but they aren’t clear from this distance, and they’re too busy to have their portraits painted anyway. I’d have probably been able to add more detail had I given myself more time, instead of the fixed thirty minutes! But still, I think there’s enough detail to see what it is…

Wordle: A Magical Blend

At first look you won’t have a clue
With the grey colour, the taste, the smell,
But I’m brewing something to give to you …
With a sprig of this and a small branch of that,
I stir the contents in this huge pot
They won’t dissolve
They just spin and swirl
Clearing tide marks as the contents whirl
I call upon the Elementals four
To vote upon the words I utter
If I don’t trip over them, I’ll make sure…
The spell will be yours to use
And as long as you use it for the good
It’s manifestations will be true and proper

Woodland Walk

#WorldWatercolorMonth Day Twentythree

Today’s watercolour is a view of the Martian surface as seen through – wait a minute! This isn’t Mars! No, it’s a woodland walk as found in many locations here on Earth, our remarkable home. I’ve painted it based on a photograph I found online, using only three colours, green, brown and black… although I’ll confess to using different shades of green and mixing them along the way! Running through the middle should be a path, although in this picture it reminds me of a stream.

I have a long way to go before things start looking realistic, if I ever get there, but I’ll keep on. I like playing with colour, and I like playing with watercolour! And for me, whatever I end up with is fine. Could be better, but fine all the same.

From Six Words

Before the tea heavy rainfall came
Suddenly, then it was clear again
Replaced, it was, by a gentle breeze
Carrying echoes through the forest’s trees
My walk began at the waterfall’s edge
With chilled lemonade, nice and fresh…

Based on my Six Word Saturday post, I created this Wordcloud from six of the keywords – I replaced shower for rainfall, but there you have it – and then created the rhyme based on the post itself! I didn’t really need to create the Wordcloud, but if I hadn’t then this would have been a second post that didn’t include an image! And I couldn’t have that!

Again it is hot Hot HOT!

A list to cool things down

A Cascading Waterfall

There’s nothing more chilling (cooling and relaxing – works both ways here!) than running water. In my Land of Peace and Tranquility, I have a waterfall where I visit within my Mind’s Eye when I need to relax and cool off! As well as the water cascading, rainbows appear all over the place as the sun catches the droplets of water. There’s a magical feel here… with an expectation to see a Unicorn, or Dragon, or some other mystical creature appear into the clearing from the Forest for a drink.

A Gentle Breeze

The water creates a lovely breeze when you stand close to it. I do it often – I don’t mind getting wet in my imagination. I don’t mind it in real life actually – but in my imagination I’m dry again instantly. The breeze carries with it an enchanting melody – a hum – sometimes an eerie echo – and that’s how I know I’ve reached my special place.

A Refreshing Glass of Chilled Lemonade

Instantly, an iced glass holding chilled lemonade appears in my hand. I drink. Slowly savouring the fizz, the flavour, and the relaxing chill that fills my mouth. Delicious!

An Idyllic Forest

I turn my attention over to the Forest itself. The Forest of Tranquility arcs around the clearing, breaking only for the ocean view. Lush greenery and dense, shadowed woodland give way to the pebbled path which leads down to the sandy beach and open and crystal clear sea. Gentle waves silently roll inland from where I stand. Peering back into the Forest itself, it takes a while for the shadowed darkness to reveal its secrets; pathways leading this way and that. Some I will have to explore one day!

A Summer Shower

I’ve just dried off from the spray off the waterfall, and suddenly it rains. Heavily. Refreshingly. With a burst of thunderous applause overhead. These Summer thunderstorms are very refreshing, and really do cool the air somewhat. Now that it’s stopped, I definitely feel cooler… although a little damp once again. Never mind – I will soon be dry once again.

A Hot Cup of Tea

And speaking of being dry – a lovely cup of tea to finish things off. On a hot day, tea does wonders to cool things. Or maybe that’s my imagination as well.

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There we have it. An imaginary list of six items to cool things down on a hot Summer’s day. For Six Word Saturday to boot! I’m feeling cooler already… and that Feels Good!

Knickerbocker Glory!

#WorldWatercolorMonth Day Twentytwo

Scrumptious vanilla and banana ice cream, blended to perfection with fresh cream, layered in a lopsided glass with strawberry, black cherry and passion fruit sauces, sprinkled on top with one or two crumbled biscuit pieces and a cherry and a chunk of pineapple to top it off. Looks appalling… but looks aren’t everything. It’s what’s inside that matters.

Painted Butterfly

#WorldWatercolorMonth Day Twentyone

I couldn’t think of anything to paint today, so I reached for my paintbrushes, watercolour pads, and paints, sat myself down and decided to go for the first thing that came into my head.

Luckily, it was a butterfly!

As I was painting, I realised that I also need to get back to doing a little more writing, so I thought I’d come up with a little 5-7-5 piece to go with it.

Silently she drinks
Always wary and watching
And ready for flight

I have no idea what type of butterfly this is… I found the image online, and liked the way it was looking toward the camera. Well, that’s how I saw it, anyway. I always tend to see things just a little differently… and one quick doodle later, followed by a splosh of this colour and a splish of that one, a sprinklin’ of a few words hither and thither, and the addition of my name for good measure, today’s post is complete.

The Sunny Side of the Street

#WorldWatercolorMonth Day Twenty (Day twenty? Already???!!!)

Today’s sploshing of colour takes us into town, on a very quiet morning where everywhere is closed, and the Sun is shining brightly. The long closed-down cinema is directly opposite us, the building earmarked for a trendy nightclub. The bank, the building in the shade on the right of the painting, is also closed. It doesn’t open until 9.30.

On the sunny side of the street, by the traffic light is the florist, and next to that is a quaint bistro. Obviously both closed as well, as this town doesn’t get going until at least 8.30am.

It’s nice and cool at present, but very soon, it will be hot, hot, HOT!

Happy Summer!

Constellation

#WorldWatercolorMonth Day Nineteen

A constellation of starfish, that is! A very quick doodle this – I just let the colours spread.

I’m not keen – it’s too rushed and not colourful enough… although I have an idea how to develop it further. If there’s time this month I shall add Constellation II – if not, I’ll post the finished painting at a future time, although here’s a quick pencil sketch of how things could have or should have been…

Elfenway 

I’ve completely lost the use of my keyboard, mouse and printer – all in one go – so as I’m trying to sort the problem I’m painting at the same time. 

This rather strange chap came to mind so I had to paint him. All I know about him is that he’s an elf.

This is another watercolour for World Watercolour Month… and as soon as I can I shall update this post with the usual links.

Thank goodness for mobile phones!

It IS Lynda!

So, at long last, I can reveal who it was in my portrait that never was.

But before I go on, however, just a quick word about the history. Although I have only recently started painting in watercolour, many years ago, I used to create my own caricatures of folk. I used to draw what I saw, but I saw things differently, so things turned out slightly differently. With features not being too over exaggerated, I must add, but somewhat more pronounced than they actually were. Most times the caricatures looked very little like who they were meant to be, yet there were some similarities. Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

It’s been years since I last did a caricature of someone, and although this painting of Lynda Carter wasn’t meant to be a caricature, old habits die hard, it seems. I know Lynda calls by the Mansion occasionally, so I hope you aren’t too offended by the sketch…

I started seeing other people in the drawing… (I can see Jacklyn Smith in the painting now – sigh!) and so did others as well. So then, I thought I had to roll with this… have a little fun! Create watercolour clues  (as it is World Watercolour Month – you may have heard of it…!)  to see if anyone would be able to name my star guest.

Obviously, with clues being clues some had to be a little obtuse.

I posted a green lantern. This was meant to represent the superhero Green Lantern, and put one in the superhero field of thought. The next clue was an eye. Lynda Carter’s eye apparently behind Diana Prince’s glasses (for those unaware – where have you been? – Lynda played Wonder Woman in the 1970s; her secret identity was Diana Prince who disguised herself by wearing spectacles, and she turned herself into Wonder Woman by removing the glasses, whirling round and creating mystical explosions wherever trouble was occurring). The next clue was a pair of red boots and some old yellow rope. Well – Wonder Woman wore red boots, and used a magical lasso that compelled whoever she caught by it to tell the truth – and they had to obey. The final clue was the in the title of another recent post, ‘Sunset on an Island Paradise’ – Paradise Island was where Wonder Woman originally hailed from. The character played by the mystery person in my painting was Wonder Woman, so it had to be Lynda. Easy clues when you know how.

Incidentally, there was another actress to play Wonder Woman in 1967, Ellie Wood Walker, so I had to mention ‘forty years ago’ in my last post to avoid confusion. Not that I like to confuse. Who? Me? And, speaking of the last post, hanging in the wardrobe were Wonder Woman’s cape and her blue underwater outfit that she wore occasionally – and the boots and lasso were there again. The boots magically became flippers when she was under water.

So. The guesses. We’ve certainly been seeing stars with this little exercise! Britney Spears. Kelly Brook. Julia Roberts. Katy Perry. Sally Field and, interestingly, or coincidentally, Debra Winger. Jodi came up with Debra Winger and I nearly fell through the floor when I read it. Debra starred with Lynda Carter in a few episodes of Wonder Woman back in the day – she played Wonder Girl, Wonder Woman’s sister. So you can have a point for that, Jodi, even though you weren’t exactly right that time!

I may do another of these some time in the future. I’ve had a whale of a time recently.

A bit of creative licence does ‘wonders’… have a go, if you don’t believe me!