Monday, May 23, 2011

Where can we build that nest??

These ducks have been waddling around my yard the past couple of weeks, most likely looking for that perfect spot to build a nest. Last year there was a nest with five eggs very close to my front door. The crows found the eggs just what they needed for a tasty dinner and the eggs were gone in three days. :-( I hope they're more successful this year. Really. It's a tough neighborhood!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Gerbera Daisies

I love this time of year because it's time to plant flowers again and it's fun to try new things. This year I'm not adding many new plants but getting those that have worked the best in the past. One of my favorites is the Gerbera daisy so I thought I would add more of those since they have turned out to be perennials where I live. Perfect! Now if I'll just water them!
Happy Spring!

linocut 2009
2 1/2" x 3 3/4"

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Work In Progress

More experimentation with my gouache paints.
A work in progress and one I'm not sure if I'll finish!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Picasso Exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Last Wednesday I went to Richmond, Virginia to deliver a painting to my sister and while I was there, I went to a special exhibit of Picasso's work at the VMFA. There are over 170 of his works in this exhibit from The Musee National Picasso in Paris! The works are those from his personal collection that were donated by his heirs to France, where a museum was opened in 1985. There are works from all phases of his artistic life, even some etchings! I enjoyed seeing his photographs of his studio and friends. The two pictures I'm showing here are my favorite paintings in the show. I saw a lot of paintings of women's heads - some very strange ones!
I loved reading the French titles of the works like "La Tete d'une Femme". :-)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Art Everywhere on Granby Street

Not far from my studio a fairly new annual event takes place called "Art Everywhere" and it includes artists' exhibits in storefront windows, sometimes vacant and sometimes not. I walked with a friend along Granby Street to see what the artists came up with this year and particularly liked this one because I could relate to it. It seems that I'm always making lists! Someday I'll quit and see what happens!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spring Rabbits

Some people don't like to see the rabbits in the spring, probably because they get into their gardens! But I enjoy seeing them hop and scoot about the neighborhood. This is a photo of an old colored pencil drawing that I did years ago for a card that I gave someone and a photo of a new rabbit by my house. Chasing it through this lariope for a better photo wasn't working!