Tuesday, May 31, 2011

How does my garden grow??

We took a long walk yesterday....and the neighborhood looked lovely. Every one's garden is growing....and with just a hint of sunshine, there will be grand floral displays. Our peonies are barely open, yet down the hill a ways, there are blooms galore. So, I am sharing these with you today. Nothing makes me happier that sunshine, flowers and summer. Bring it on!!


Our backyard blooms with iris.
They are so much happier
after being transplanted from another area of the garden.



These are the peonies that we found on our walk.
The blooms are going strong...
.and ours have not even started yet!!



These are our peonies..... sitting tight...
waiting for some warmth and sunshine.




Wild violets, down by our creek
filling in every nook and crannie.




We bought some new poppies
in a bright orange.....love them!


Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

Walking the neighborhood today and all of the flags were out, in honor of our Veterans. We remember them.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Gently, it arrives......

The garden is slowly showing us it's glory. I think that if we ever get a full day of sunshine, it will just burst wide open. We are happy to see the flowers and the bees buzzing about. I thought that I would share it with you, today.


The bees are busy and buzzing in the back yard.


I love the cascade of white on the side of the house.



The lilacs always bring back memories
of taking bouquets to my teacher in elementary school.
(yeah, like 50 years ago!!...yikes!)


We thought we had lost the violas,
but they are back in abundance.

The Garden is providing me with so many models for my work. I look forward to showing some of these beauties on paper. See 'ya soon.


Friday, May 20, 2011

A Walk at the Ponds

What a week of rain we have had...... it's been one of the most dreary weeks of the year! Not a peep of sunshine did we see until this morning. You had to be up early, because the sun did shine from sunup until about 8:30 a.m., before the clouds rolled in again. We have had a lot of rain, which is the good part (heck, if it's going to be cloudy, it might as well rain!). Colorado honors the rain (not the hail, and winds....but wet, we like!). I think our gardens will be quite happy, once we can get into them and get to work without a muddy mess.

We took a walk last weekend, and I have been trying for most of the week to upload photos of it. The Blogger Gods have not wanted to upload my photos for some reason.....but today...a BREAK THROUGH! So, here are some photos from our walk..... at the ponds.


The weather was perfect for the ducks.
It just rolled off their backs.....



Look very closely
I couldn't catch them all..... but there were six parent Geese
and too many goslings to count. At one point they were all
walking in one line across the path (just couldn't get my
camera out fast enough to catch that one!)


The pond is tucked around farm fields....and as you can
see, the farmers are quite happy with the moisture.


Something new at the ponds!
The city built a walkway of stones on an old
path that had been filled in (had to make a holding pond).
We enjoyed this fun new way of getting a bit more walking in on a cold Sunday.


This weeks adventures have been a great baseball game (love those Rockies....and they beat the Giants! It was a very fun game, despite the cool weather....and no rain that night). Last night, we had the opportunity to go see a play in Denver. "Billy Elliott" is touring and though we forgot our binoculars, we didn't miss a beat of this wonderful musical (should be called a 'dansical', as the dancing was just amazing!!).

Have a great weekend..... I am off to the studio to start a new project......


Monday, May 16, 2011

A little bit of this and that.....

The sunshine of a week ago was short lived. Cold, wet weather came before leaving us with just cold and very gray days. There is something about an extended Spring with cold temperatures and endless gray. Colorado suffers in the Spring.....so I chose to work in COLOR, last week.

First of all.... our Red Tailed Hawk is back in it's nest, sitting on more eggs. I am thrilled that we were able to get a good photo (notice the gray skies...ugh!) before the trees leaf out. We took a walk yesterday (which I will show later this week), and thought we saw "Papa" out looking for food. He was very focused and the rest of the wildlife scattered as he flew by. I just love to see the Hawks soaring above. I know that there are also some Osprey & Eagles near by but I haven't checked out their nests yet.


The Mama Red Tailed Hawk
awaits it's precious arrival


I have wanted to draw an orange, for a friend of mine (who gives us sweet oranges every Christmas). I did the sketches....did color samples....even tracings..... and there it sat, while I traveled. So, last week, needing bright color in my life..... I started working on my "Sweet Orange". It was great fun and I enjoyed working in colored pencil, after such a long respite.


"Sweet Orange"
colored pencil


On Saturday, Sweet Hubby wanted to run some gardening errands in Denver. So off we went to a great store on Broadway. It's called "Birdsall" and we love to go there every year and drool over all of the neat outdoor planters, water features, and garden delights. We almost walked away with some goodies, but alas, they weren't quite right for our needs. However, next door is an Antique Store, which always draws us in. They (and I am so sorry not to remember the name) seem to always have a treasure trove of goodies (for a price, of course!!).

When we went in, we found three pastels by our favorite local Artist, Rick Stoner..... sitting in a corner....with the backing ripped off, the frames and mats in great disorder. Since, we have heard that Rick is no longer working in Pastels, we decided to splurge and buy the set. I spent all the rest of Saturday and Sunday taking apart the works of art and cleaning them.....and putting them back together again. Thanks to a super class at the Denver Botanic Gardens, given by Susan Rubin, I was able to re-frame each one and bring these pastels back to their old glory. We are thrilled with them. I am showing one of them, so you can see what lovely work, Rick does. I am in Pastel heaven!


"Mudcloth and melon"
Rick Stoner

It proved to be a nice weekend after all (and I promise that I will not complain about the weather any more...really, I promise!). Tonight, we head to a Rockies Baseball Game! Love the Rockies. Life is pretty good!


Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day at the Mall

What glorious weather we had for Mother's Day....so I wasn't about to stay inside. After wonderful calls from the 'kiddos' in the morning, my Sweet Hubby and I hit the Boulder Mall (recently named the Happiest City in America!). It was absolutely bursting with flowers, trees, our favorite 'rocks' and families. University of Colorado is based in Boulder, and graduation was Friday, so I imagine that there were extra visitors this Sunday.

People were performing.....others were dancing..... others were climbing..... and lining up at the ice cream shop. It's been a long Winter and a long Spring so everyone wanted to be out and about in this good weather.

Here are a few of my favorite places on the Mall (all have to do with different 'rocks' which are placed strategically through out the six blocks or so....).





All ages and stages enjoy some rocking musicians.
the little boy couldn't help himself....he just had to dance!!



Each year thousands of tulips are planted throughout the
length of the Mall. Families actually get portraits taken
when the tulips are in full bloom.


Can you keep a kid from climbing on a rock??
There is a whole area just for
the kids to climb on low rocks.
it's one of the fun memories I remember of my children.
Someday, I will bring my grandchildren to play here


Saturday, May 7, 2011

An Exhibition in Denver

I had no idea of what to expect, when I was asked to exhibit a painting with other artists from the Denver Botanic Gardens Illustration Program. I was honored, of course, but I have never been in a big art show, so I felt a bit in awe of the whole thing.

Well..... then my Sweet hubby retired and we started traveling and it evolved on it's own...... I didn't think about it too much. However, yesterday, we finally made it to Denver to the Republic Plaza. Oh Wow.....Double Wow....

There we all were in this beautiful lobby, with other wonderful artists. What a delightful surprise.


The lobby of the Republic Plaza
Wonderful Art on display



A sign, describing the
Botanical Illustration Program
At the Denver Botanic Gardens


All of the Artist that showed their work
were honored. My husband is pointing
at my name.



We came around the corner and Voila....
A beautiful display of Art.
I am so proud of this program.




Triple wow!
There I am..... amongst all of the great talent.
I was blown away....and delighted.

I can't explain how it felt to be in a show with so many talented artists. I am still so critical of my own work....and struggle to improve each day. It was a real 'shot in the arm' to be amongst those that I so admire.

On another note...... I hope that every "Mom", has a most honored Mother's Day. I do miss my Mother a lot. She was a very strong woman, with strong opinions, and ideas. She was a dynamo, who traveled the world and lived each day to the fullest. In her last years, we would talk almost every day..... laughing at life's foibles, or something that tickled her funnybone. I will remember it all tomorrow, as I do every day. I hope that your Mother is alive so that you can tell her how much you love her. I wish I could.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Spring in the Rockies

The sun is out and the flowers are bursting all over. Spring is at it's peak in the Rocky Mountains. With warmer temperatures coming this weekend, I am looking forward to getting into the garden and digging in the dirt. It's time to start the planting....or at least prep the soil for planting next week! Hooray..... I love this time of year.

My studio is clean and I worked most of yesterday, finishing up a small piece. Whenever I have not worked in a long time, I pick up a piece that I have started and get familiar with my pencils or paints. I never want to start a new piece, when I haven't touched a paintbrush or pencil in months.

I am re-thinking options for the future of my art. I had such grand plans last winter, but I am beginning to realize just how much my life is changing and I may not be able to confidently choose to do all that I wanted to do with my art. As I ponder, I hope that some brilliant idea comes to me regarding my work and getting it into the Universe. All ideas are welcome!

Enjoy your weekend! Happy Mother's Day to all of you who have been Mothers, want to be Mothers, or have 'mothered' someone special in your life.


Tulips blooming from above



Oh, yes....once again
My favorite
Bleeding Hearts



Our Quince are spectacular this year



A little something that I worked on yesterday.



And I leave you with more Tulips.
Aren't they grand?
I feel as though they are listening to a symphony.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

"Rabbits"

When I was a newlywed, I worked in Chicago, while my Sweet hubby, worked on his post graduate degree. My boss, a Canadian, would walk in on the first day of each month and yell out "Rabbits". What???? I had no idea what it meant, until he explained that if you wake up and say "Rabbits" first thing , on the first day of the month, you will have good luck and prosperity for that month. Well, I think we all need a bit of good luck and prosperity this month, so I am shouting out for all of us ..... "Rabbits"!!

We came home with some sort of teensy, weensy bug ..... which came with a wild headache, nausea, and a bit of a malaise. So, I have taken it easy for a few days (and watched the Royal wedding, since I was laying on the couch anyway :), before I could get my feet under me. Now, my Sweet hubby seems to have it. I am sure that we will both be 'perking up' in a few days.


Today, I will share photos of our journey back home. Hope you enjoy them.

Missouri flooding from our car window


On our way home, we were trying hard to miss the big storms, which were predicted and hit so hard. We had hard rains and saw a lot of flooding. We are sad and upset to hear that Tuscaloosa, AL was hit so hard. Spring presents itself as a glorious month.... and many times, it is just that. However, the weather always seems to have a certain turbulence to it....and such unpredictability, as well. It was difficult to see the worst flooding in 40 years, through out the Midwest and mid south east.



Some areas were just lush with Spring


We took a short break in
St. Charles, Mo.
It is an historic town that was delightful.
We enjoyed this door with a
Forsythia wreath on it.



We also stopped at the
Harry S. Truman
Presidential Library
in Independence, Mo
It is only about five minutes off the highway and well
worth seeing. It's nice to stop along the way and see
some of great sights in America.