Monday, June 30, 2008

Bird's eye view

I just thought that you might enjoy one more photo of a corner of the bird's nest.  I promise.... no more photos until it is done.

Monday and much work ahead, as I am working on a Tiger Lily in watercolor.  

I hope that you are enjoying your garden... and if not yours... some one  whose garden you like.  I may take photos of the back yard... once the cotton stops dropping... right now, it looks like a cloud has dropped on our back yard.  We are surrounded and covered with flying fluff.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

I am still working on the "Robins nest", with hopes of finishing this colored pencil work.... and then trying one in watercolor.  Between the two mediums, I should have a good sense of what works best.  I often do more than one or two drawings, as I continue to learn through repetition.  

Friday, June 27, 2008

Branching out - work in progress

Well, here is a work in progress.... different pieces of branches which I am trying to identify.  I have most of them labeled in my mind... but will complete the painting, and then work on labeling.  This was especially fun to do, as I bet everyone can identify at least one of these examples, just by the bark or berries.  I will be putting on more 'work in progress" in the next few days.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Glorious Colorado beauty

What a beautiful day for a hike in Boulder, Colorado.  The Flatirons were filled with grasses, blooming cactus, Mariposa lilies and the skies were filled with fluffy clouds.  It was a perfect day to hike the trails, and enjoy the outdoors.  Since it was my birthday, I took the day off and celebrated.  Now, it's back to work.   I will be showing some paintings very soon.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Always in Full bloom

The Allium have bloomed, and while I could not upload the second photo, it was of the Allium, as it stands in the garden now.  It is a skeleton of what was there, with the purple past its' prime, and a soft beige glowing stem remaining.

As I prepare for a rather BIG birthday... I know that even when the blooms have faded a bit, there is a strong framework left behind that adds texture, grace, and beauty to any garden.

Be well today!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday morning Rose

Good Morning!
Monday is starting well, with the garden trimmed and happier plants.  I am presently working on both  the colored pencil of bird's nest and a watercolor of a clematis - so the studio is a bit chaotic.

I found this happy rose and bud outside this morning... would love to paint this one next.  So many flowers... and too little time to capture them all.

Celebrate today!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

King of the Gardens

The garden show was lots of fun, filled with creative ideas and amazing plants.  One rose bush (a William Baffin, I believe) was the largest climbing rose that I have ever seen.  It literally filled a corner of the garden.  But the King of the garden show was the beautiful Monarch butterfly that found it's way around the garden.  I finally was able to take a photo of it, as it rested for a moment.  

Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Today celebrates the Summer!

Our town is having a garden show today, so I am off to see real botanicals in their natural settings.  I hope to have some photos to share next week.

Here is an older painting of tulips from the front yard.  They are definitely past blooming here, as the weather is too warm, but I do love tulips for the joy that they bring in the Spring and early summer.

Happy Solstice today!  It's officially summer!

Thursday, June 19, 2008


The Front range is warming up and the day is beautiful and clear.  The iris are gone, but these pictures show that the cool Spring made for happy flowers.  

The roses and clematis are blooming and the garden is changing daily.  I continue to work on the nest, but will try to paint some quick studies of flowers in the next few days.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A work in progress....

Today, I am working on a birds nest.  It was discovered, abandoned, as we tore old vines from the house last fall.  It is an amazing example of patience, love, and a lot of hard work.  It is taking me quite some time to draw it... so thought you might like to see the beginning phase.  I have spent many hours on this, so far, and realize that each twig, blade of grass, and the mud to hold it together, took this bird a very long time....and it will no doubt, take me just as long (no, longer, I am sure!) to draw the details.  

Enjoy today... and what ever 'nest' you are working on.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Checking out our visitor...

While sitting in my studio, working, I heard quite a commotion outside.  When I looked out, there was a Red Tailed Hawk sitting on the Russian Olive tree.  I ran with my camera and took a quick photo (yes, it is out of focus) before he flew away.  We have now seen the Hawk several times and think that it lives close by.  

It is interesting to see such a sighting in the city..... and pretty special.  I will keep you posted, if it should happen to return.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Happy Father's Day - Belated

Creating with a purpose

Welcome to my first blog.  I want to eventually be able to share my work and get feedback on it from friends and family.  If this reaches a greater audience, I will be grateful.  I will keep this short and sweet, until I can figure out what I am doing.  Thanks.