Most of today we had heavy fog, occasional drizzle, and water droplets that fell with regular splats onto brown leaves. By the time I headed outside (around 4:00), the fog had thinned enough to allow the pale winter sun to shine through. Fleeting shadows stretched long across the grass, and it even warmed up a little - after being a steady 50 degrees in the fog, in the last hour of day I bet it came close to 60 degrees. Fall crickets started singing while I sat on the pipeline and watched the sun drop into blue misted hills.
The lichen I drew was a simple version of what I really wanted to draw (but was too big)- an old pine trunk I found that was hollowed into a narrow trough. It looked as if it was designed for exactly what it held - a moss & lichen garden. It was so beutiful! Lichen colors are quite vibrant set against the sepia of wet wood.
Once the sun went down it cooled quickly so I headed back. As I walked through the woods I passed through amazing pockets of thick, warm air. Could they be seeds for tomorrow's air? Oh, I hope so... mid-winter-mild is my all-time-favorite kind of day.