Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fall Colors

I love the colors on this tree a couple of blocks from my house.

There are a lot of trees around my place but not much seasonal color. The funny thing is that I live in the middle of a city but you'd never be able to tell from this photo.

 The 2 tall, green trees are in my front yard which may explain why growing a lot of things in my garden is a big challenge.

My favorite view on the way home.

Working Together on Halloween Designs

It all started when I sent a photo of sunflowers from my garden to a pen pal and she sent it back with pumpkin stickers on it.

I started to take the idea further with watercolors.

I layered on some colored pencil and then finished it with ink.
 I'm also continuing to try different ways of drawing pumpkins as I try to continue to develop the design idea.
Another approach I may try is to go to Zazzle and combine my existing sunflower and pumpkin designs and see how that looks.

Either way it's been fun and brightened up letters for my pen pal and I.

I'll start with putting it in stickers.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Wrapping up the wheelchair ramp project

After 2 years of painting and planning I'm down to just the last two posts. I'm also doing a border design on the rails but it feels good to say it will be finished and I can move on to other projects.

The next question will be what to do with the 2 years of project photos and the story behind them. So far I'm considering a video or a paper scrapbook of some sort.

I love the way my projects go together and hope that someday others will appreciate it as well. You can see more of this on my Dala Horse Blog.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Something New Here: Jerusalem Artichokes and why I grow them

This year I planted Jerusalem artichokes because the idea of a sunflower looking flower and an edible tuber really appealed to me. It like me will be useful as well as ornamental and pull it's weight around here.

I like the way that this photo shows how tall they got compared to the storage bin and the house.

I was excited to see the butterfly here this morning, I guess they like them too.

Here's a view from the street.

As you can see there's plenty to inspire drawings and paintings here.

I can't wait to get started.

Monday, September 25, 2017

The End Of The 2017 Garden

The season went really fast this year. All that's left of the garden are a few Sunflowers, potatoes and a few tomatoes...and of course in the house there's plenty of raspberry jam and a few peas and pea pods in the freezer.

As you can see here I did some painting from the sunflowers while I wait for the Jerusalem artichokes to bloom.

In the house I'm growing lettuce, strawberries, chamomile and a daisy.

It's handy to have them at the table so that I can make sure things get watered or picked when needed.

Back in the garden our butterflies have returned and have been hanging around the sedum and some of our other plants.

Of course the painted ramp goes on and will provide color in the garden over the winter months.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New Sunflowers

I didn't have much luck with sunflowers this season but am looking forward to seeing what I can make of them anyway.

I'll start with a few photos:

This was the best of the flowers and I like the idea of working on it from this angle this year.

Here are 2 shots of the same flower taken so I can get the best idea of how to draw and paint the details of the leaves and stems.

Well, this is all there is to work with this year so it will be a challenge. I'll continue to add to this post and I get started on the drawings and paintings so be sure to check back here from time to time. 

Here are a couple of pen and ink drawings on envelopes.

Here are a couple drawings I was working on for cards.

Of course I moved on to a scrapbook page as well.

After that I went back to my paints and did another post for my ramp railings.

It was nice to be working from live flowers again.

I didn't have many sunflowers this year but you've got to admit I made the most of them.