Tuesday, May 23, 2017


I always look forward to this time of the year because it's time to pick strawberries! We have several farms in the area where you can do just that and if you go early enough in the season, you can go back for more. It's easy to be greedy! These were organic and so sweet. Another favorite, asparagus, was available at the farm stand and local too. Oh no, now I'm hungry.

Some strawberries from  the past!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Planting Day

Yesterday I was able to take a break from my busy schedule to plant flowers. It was a very warm sunny day but there was a perfect breeze, making it a very pleasant planting afternoon. I could hear the birds busy in conversation, especially the chickadees and cardinals, with the crows much engaged in what seemed some sort of game. I think they're very good at amusing each other! The pots are all ready to be sprinkled about the patio and yard...mostly in the shade of course since sunny spots are rare. To bypass all of the sun-loving flowers at the nursery takes will power!

plant nursery

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Beautiful Painting - Artist Unknown (I wish I knew!)

I saw this beautiful painting on the internet and had to share it. I love the colors and the composition and really, everything about it! It surely inspires me. Now I want to paint with oils but should I? It's easy to get distracted by another great medium. And the oils - they can be so amazing, like this one!

Thursday, March 9, 2017


At one time, I just loved the French word "quincaillerie". I didn't know what it meant but it had a nice sound and look. Rediculous or not, oh well!  When I went to France a few years ago, I saw this in a town in Provence, the only time I saw it during my visit. I don't know if it's a very common word. Maybe it's a sign that I should do a painting of this place!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Swallowtail with Bluebirds

I'm working on some butterflies for my exhibit at the Norfolk Botanical Garden this summer. I thought I'd paint a few larger paintings to go with my 2 large linocuts. They will be big and sort of flat like the linocuts. I wanted this one to be bold and colorful so it will attract people! We'll see!
(hmm...I might add some more shadows now that I see it here)

17" x 19"

Monday, February 27, 2017

Little Daffodils

It seems that spring has arrived in February. These little daffodils are blooming too soon! We're having a bit of a warm spell here. It's funny, I can't remember planting them but here they are and I'm enjoying them! But I hope it doesn't mean that summer is going to be super hot this year. Some people think so!