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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.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Butterfly Sightings In The Garden


I hesitated to include these photos because there are so many weeds in the garden these days.


We've had lots of other butterflies this season in 4 different species but I just haven't had much luck photographing them.


I felt lucky to catch this painted lady yesterday. Since this is the variety that we've been raising and releasing here it was nice to see the population of them increase and keep going.


It took the longest time to try to capture a photo with the wings open. Most turned out like these.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Red Tulip Project

After 15 years the bed of bright red tulips has dwindeld to just 3 or 4 blossoms and since I don't have the money to buy more and replant I've opted to round up all of the pictures that I've taken over those years and start a new collection of paintings of them.


Here's the first of the paintings to come from this series of photos.


And here it is again as I added more leaves to it.



This is the first of this series which I will be putting up on products for sale on Zazzle. After spending some time "playing" with this image I couldn't resist adding a few more leaves.



I'm really happy with it now.


This was my next attempt at doing something interesting with those tulips.


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It's certainly brightening up the living room as I'm making just one more attempt at painting those tulips.




I decided to do a few drawings while I was writing a few people about the new paintings. I did them on the envelopes to brighten up the mail for all of us.



Here are the envelopes all together.


After a few drawings I went back to my paints.


I wasn't quite sure what to do with the background on this one so I tried just about every color in my paintbox.



I suppose this painting would be fine as it was at this point so I lived with it for a couple of days before deciding to make it part of a set with the last painting.




All it took to make it work was to change the background.






I will be using these paintings as part of a set of note cards on Zazzle.


HERE ARE PHOTOS OF SOME OF MY PREVIOUS EFFORTS:















Friday, August 18, 2017

The Garden on the Menu



The steam made this photo a but difficult to catch. I should have taken pictures of the chamomile flowers before I brewed the tea.


Most days we toss a few pea pods or tomatoes into a salad.



Other days we make bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches. The summer has gone buy so fast that we really haven't had time to explore recipes and try other things.


I like to experiment with fresh teas, This time I added a strawberry blossom to the chamomile tea and loved both the scent and the flavor as well as the fact that the fresh flowers made it pretty.



Our radishes failed again this year but the radishes and potatoes look promising. Time will tell.

We make a lot of things with new potatoes. I seem to spend more time eating them than photographing them.