My backyard has two gates, one leading to the driveway and garage, and the other to the front yard.  The house and garage are built catty-cornered to each other, and close enough so that the roofs touch and are connected by shingles.  When I’m in the yard, my favorite focal point is the ‘window space’ created above the gate between the walls of the house and garage and under the connected roofs.  Yesterday this gate window perfectly framed a spring-green maple against the roof peak of our neighbor’s house, against a blue sky.  With a few odd branches of our lemon tree coming down into the natural composition made by the gate, and the slanting shadows on the walls adding subtle variations of color, it was a scene that begged painting/drawing.

painting side by side

painting side by side

My youngest painter wanted to join me–here’s his ‘house’ :

red house

red house

Here’s the gate window, tree still wet…

watercolor, backyard gate

watercolor, backyard gate

I wanted to draw the scene for fun too, with a sepia pen, to capture that particular view:

painting & drawing

painting & drawing

fine point pen line drawing

fine-point pen, line drawing

What were the kids doing you wonder?  Well, doing what they do best…

behind the garage

behind the garage

while digging in the hill, they discovered what they were calling ‘copper,’ much to their delight.  My best guess is that what they were digging out were chunks of quartz–either way they were happily occupied.

miners

miners

The rock pieces then went through a thorough washing process.

washing the treasure

washing the treasure

they get much cleaner this way!

they get much cleaner this way!

eventually the splash-down method got too risky

eventually the splash-down method got too risky

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