I've Been Away

That's actually the title of a song I like by Kathleen Edwards. Look it up some time and give it a listen. Once I got back from New England in October, I spent time resting and letting inspirations percolate. There have been some wonderful photo opportunities with Winter light, overcast days, rain and the clouds or rainbows they bring. I've been known to drop what I'm doing at the studio or in my upstairs "office", where I write and blog; grab the camera and head out on a "photo safari". Some of the shots may inspire a painting or mixed media/drawing coming soon. Right now it seems that writing occupies a different space in my brain. When I can't do it anymore, I go to editing, or doing the snippets of research that will help me cobble the many chapters together. I find it satisfying work. My musical instruments look lonely, and I'll be turning my attention to them, once I get the novel done. I wanted to take a few minutes to blog, and then upload newer photos from objects, landscapes and city scapes. Last Friday evening I was chasing the sunset light at Avila Beach. It was a mad rush, because sunsets in Winter disappear quickly fading into dusk. 

Avila Beach, January 11, 2013 Sunset with a cloud of gulls

Avila Beach, January 11, 2013 Sunset with a cloud of gulls

 

I wasn't fast enough to catch them in their largest cloud of feathers, but this gives you a glimpse.

drip sandcastle in blue and gold reflections

drip sandcastle in blue and gold reflections

And as the evening grew darker, and night advanced, the palette changed again.

at the end of the beach looking South. 

at the end of the beach looking South.