Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Photo Ops from the Mountains

Thought you might enjoy a few more photos from our Mountain Weekend. Hope to have more work to show you next week. Time to get back in the studio.....(after the kids leave).

My "Out House" Dandelion

I am not sure how I got this photo.... but it was sitting right outside an outhouse
(yes, that is what I said.....) at the top of Rabbit Ears Pass.....
and it was just the right dandelion to take a photo of.....just a weird place.
And... Yes.... my Sweet Hubby thought I was nuts!!

My best guess on this flower is Golden Aster Villosa
The field was full of these, and normally, I would guess
that these were some sort of Sunflower, but for the leaves.

Red Columbine filled the Botanical Gardens in Steamboat.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Completed - Spotted Coralroot

I have been cleaning, and cooking .....getting ready for a visit from our kids. They are coming from the Southeast...where it's been mighty hot and humid. I think our high temperatures won't bother them a bit....with the low humidity, we enjoy. I can't wait to see them, so my blogging will be scarce for the next week.

I have finished this Spotted Coralroot.... which is resting. After the kids leave, I will go back and pop in those finishing touches. I have been working on two huge canvases, which you won't be seeing. They are in Acrylic and a special request from a friend.... not the sort of thing that I usually do... and I am definitely less confident about it. It's a "Family Tree", you see, so if I showed it on the blog, I would be sharing her family names, etc. It's a privacy thing.... but believe me, it is definitely 'out of my box' in spirit. I think I like that about it.

Spotted Coralroot

So, I will be playing for the rest of this week. It's so hard to even get the kids to come here, that I absorb every second with them. I hope you understand.

See you soon. I might drop by with more photos from the Mountain visit last week.... just to let you know that I am thinking about you.

Friday, July 23, 2010

High Country Beauty

Another week has flown by..... with continued work on a very different piece of work. I don't think I will show it, as it is specifically for a client and not at all my usual stuff. I went way out on a limb and I am not at all sure, if I am having success with this piece or not. However, I had so many photos from last weekend's trip, that I wanted to share some more with you.

We just had the cream of the bumper crop of wild flowers, so it is worth sharing a few more. I hope you don't mind. Next week will be 'iffy' for the blog, as my sweet kids are coming from the South, to cool off out West. I don't get to see them enough, so I will be hanging out with them as much as they can stand. If I get some time, I will definitely pop in to say "Hello", but if not, know that this is very precious time for us - time spent with our family.

The Orange Columbine just takes my breath away.
This one is definitely going to get painted or drawn
by me. at a later date.

A Pastel plethora of Columbines

Correct me if I am wrong,
but I think this is

This Statue, in the Yampa Botanic Garden
Just made my heart strings pop!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Steamboat Springs Botanical Gardens

While in the mountains, we stopped at the Steamboat Springs Botanical Gardens. What an amazing garden they have created in a very short period of time. I believe that the gardens were first opened in 1997, with local help and workers who probably spent untold hours, volunteering, to make this a special stop for plant lovers. They have many native species of plants and trees in the garden, along with touching memorial benches and gardens, and sculptures that are quite endearing and dramatic. Of course, I did not pre-plan and so there is not a link quite yet on my sidebar..... However, I will work on that later today, so that if you are traveling this way, you can be sure to stop in Steamboat (as we like to call it) and enjoy a true Colorado experience....Wonderful valley and ski area (hiking and biking and anything else you can think of to do in the outdoors), wonderful food and wonderful people. (Try Sweetwater restaurant, right on the river... for a great treat).

Colorado Columbine's never fail to catch my heart

This Monarch butterfly followed us through out the garden

Of course, Alliums are a bulb, found everywhere,
but the sun made them pop and I had to take a photo!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


We took off on a mini-vacation to the mountains this weekend. We always try to take a few breaks in the Summer, to get up to the mountains and get away. This long planned getaway was to see the wild flowers. I think you will have to double click on the photos and hopefully they will zoom in so that you can see just how many flowers were up on Rabbit Ears Pass.

A friend had told me about this particular spot (Dumont Lake, I believe it is called). We detoured up there and went wild with joy at all of the flowers in the fields. Of course, there were equal numbers of mosquitoes....yikes! We also hit Buffalo Pass which had even more mosquitoes.....but it was well worth the beauty.

I am working on some art.... but it is not going well.....sometimes that happens. I may have to throw it out and start all over again on something new. I am trying to be patient with myself, knowing that sometimes a painting is just not going to work out so well. I hope you will be patient with me, as well. When I have something worth showing, believe me, I will put it on the blog.

A perfect day, in a beautiful meadow.

We found this Avalanche Lily on Buffalo Pass

Either Cow Parsnip or Lovage among the Aspen trees

Monday, July 19, 2010

RTH Junior, lands in the back yard

This is an update on the Red Tailed Hawks. They have been very busy, since my last posting about them in May/June. The babies (2) have grown into "junior's" and they are learning all sorts of things. Last Friday, my husband happened to find "Junior" in the back yard, hanging out in the creek and testing his independence. We (seriously) have about 50 photos of him/her, playing in the yard. He/She knew that we were there and that Sweet Hubby was photographing up a storm. He/She didn't seem to mind at all.

As I was writing this, I could hear a big commotion outside in the trees..... and sure enough, "Junior" had found a delicious morsel and was up in the branches, with his catch....tugging, eating, and generally thrilled at what he managed to eat...on his own.

We are having a lot of fun with this..... hope you enjoy seeing these photos, as well.

Morning bath

Drying off a bit

Just sitting for a bit....

"Maybe, I should let Mom know where I am??"

On the runway.... ready for take off...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Corallorhiza maculata - Spotted Coralroot

I am getting close to the completion of the Spotted Coralroot. It's hard to believe that this flower is about 4-6 inches tall, with many orchids on a stem. It's easy to believe, when you are trying to draw it!! This one has required quite a bit of time and it's been a challenge, for sure.

Now that I am getting close to the completion, I need to step back and take a look from afar. I plan to let this one sit for a few weeks, then I will come back and work out some details. Ahhh....yes, it's all in the details.

Spotted Coralroot
Corallorhiza maculata

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pencil post.....

I have been sketching with my Friday Art Group. I can easily take my pencils with me, my corn, and my sketchbook. I eventually hope to complete the sketch (below) and then do a watercolor or colored pencil drawing of it.

I am involved in very time consuming things right now. This drawing is taking a bit longer than expected it to .... but I am enjoying the process. The Coral root Orchid is also taking a lot more time than I expected..... and I will share that one tomorrow. Just know that I am busy working and enjoying the summer, while it is here.

Hybrid corn in graphite

A note about the Summer. We have had wild storms in the late afternoon, Micro bursts, and rather crazy Colorado weather. When I get up in the morning, I get out doors and enjoy the sunshine, because the clouds seem to roll in around early afternoon and then the rains come to cool everything off. Honestly, I keep saying it, but it's sort of a perfect summer. I hope it continues like this until November (Ha, Ha, Ha.....probably be snowing by then).

So, get off your computer and get outside today...... even if it is only for 15 minutes. Go....smell the roses!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Garden flowers

I am celebrating the garden today. We have had several days of rain and as a result, the flowers are satiated and blooming like crazy. If I could hold these days in my mind when the winter winds blow and there are inches of snow on the ground, I would. I must remember that these days are fleeting.... and to walk out in the garden, daily, to capture it's beauty and hold it to my heart.

flowers that grew from seeds thrown " pell mell" into the rose garden.

Our Daisies come from a long line.... originating from seeds
in my sweet hubby's backyard, growing up. Every year
they come back as a loving reminder of his parents.

The Clematis is 'pregnant' with flowers. It literally
is overwhelmed with purple joy!

This "bizzy" bee was a wee bit busy, pollinating the flower garden.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Completions.... I think....

I went back and worked on this Iris..... once the Iris came out again this year. I feel as though it is completed. I can't figure out if I am tired of it, or it is ready to be done. "Quit Noodling"...I tell myself. "Let it be...."and then I add something else. But it's been standing on the easel for two weeks and I haven't wanted to grab it and just do 'one more thing', so I do think it's done.

Gray skies have taken over for a few days. We need the break in the heat and the moisture that the rain provides. I just wish I didn't mind the dark days so much. I keep having to put the lights on to see anything. I am good for about another day.... and then I will be a bit crabby.

I know that there are places that have not really enjoyed "Summer" yet.... that the rain seems to be taking over, or it's truly "Winter" down under. For you, I hope the yellow of this Iris brightens your day.... and that the sun comes out soon and warms your bones. And.... I hope that the clouds cover the East coast and cool it down a bit. Too much heat is not a good thing (even though, I prefer the heat over the cold....I am not thinking 105 degrees and 70% humidity!). Our weather sets the tone for our moods, it seems.

Yellow Iris from my garden

Tomorrow, I will share more of the garden with you and what I have been working on this week (a very time consuming project).

Celebrate today!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

last of the Red, White & Blue

July 4th..... Our country's birthday..... sporting Red, White & Blue.....
It signifies so much to us.....deep feelings that we wear in our hearts.and on our sleeves. America is hardly a perfect country.... but it is a proud country. I love this weekend and enjoy all that it has to share in the mid-summer. It usually marks a passing for me..... that summer is in full swing, the flowers are in their prime and the cotton is flying from our dear old Cottonwood tree.

I decided to take a meander around the yard and see what was blooming (besides the weeds, which always seem to be in their prime!). I found my red and white in the Geraniums, potted on our front stoop. The blue came from our next door neighbor. They had a rose garden that was pristine but not very interesting..... so they threw in wild flower seeds between the roses and "Kapowie"..... did they ever get a bumper crop (which I will share tomorrow).

The Red......

The White......

And the Blue.......

So, Enjoy the colors of the Red, White & Blue...... as I get caught up in the studio. I will have more to share at the end of the week. And.... remember ....... Bastille Day is only eight days away....Viva la France!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Update.... RMNP fires

I thought you might like a quick update on the fires, as we enter the Holiday weekend.
In today's paper, it stated that 80% of the fire was contained and 911 acres were involved.
Those 'Hot Shots" are amazing.

Let's hope there is no more lightening this weekend.... and that anyone in the park is extra cautious. As for any one else, PLEASE be careful with the fireworks..... leave them to the Professionals.

I am sticking with sparklers!

Happy Birthday America.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

She sells sea shells by the sea shore

Do you remember that rhyme? I used to practice that as a kid, and it reminded me that I had played with the camera last week....trying to create some soft images for cards. So, I pulled up this photo of sea shells that I especially liked. The shells have been picked up off of the beaches in the gulf.... when my children were small. We would oooh and aaaah over each shell, bringing sandy bags of joy back to Colorado.

Today is a very hot day and "Fourth of July" weekend is here already. The summer started a bit late, but it has heated up to a dandy temperature. This weekend we will "oooooh" and "aaaaah" over fireworks, instead of shells.

I hope that you all have a lovely weekend, at the beach, in the mountains, or just hanging out with friends or family (or both!!). We plan to take a hike to cooler terrain..... and relax in the back yard.....see some fireworks and know that Summer is a lot of fun.

Happy weekend to you all!