Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pictures from the fair

This is quite small  (about a foot wide)but has so much detail packed into this bowl.
I could have moved right into this plant display for the summer.  The plant display at the fair is just as good as the home and garden show for tips and ideas. I enjoyed talking to the woman who made the butterfly garden display. She told us how each plant attracts a different butterfly.  Which was something I had not thought of before since I thought they were more like bees and were attracted to color. 

The theme of the fair had to do with car races so this explains the appearance of  Herbie the Love Bug .

4-H bunnies
Cocoa Roses
Tons of picture snapping for reference photos. 
Turkey, Bunny, goat, lamb and cows we all in attendace looking perfectly regal.
A great painting of a cow may be in my future.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Busy Bee

      I try to cram all my errands in a certain neighborhood into one full day and these things can get a little bit hectic but most of the items on my to do list are fun so no complaints.  I found this amazing yard with giant sunflowers and only a few bees to watch out for as I snapped my pictures .I have only been stung twice in my life and they were 20 years apart and I would like to keep it that way.

        Between my walk from one appointment to the library I stop off for some dairy free soft serve. It's a family owned business so I try to go once a week to keep them in business (smile).  They feature a vegan flavor every day and it's across the street from a great Popsicle shop but I'm a ice cream girl at heart.
      Dinner with friends and I was very happy to receive a small piece of brown paper in the mail with a package and promptly turned it around and used it to wrap the flowers.  The brown ribbon came off a giant box of candy that I ate long ago and I painted lovely with liquid acrylics on the paper.
I'm working on putting together a file of original collage materials and it is a long project but I have been thinking about it for a year and I am ready to put it into action.

<-----working on new lettering techniques with my dip pen.  Not bad for the first pass but it has a way to go and something quick to do in the morning before getting out of the house..  

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

House sitting

       I read this book in a day and a half and it was a great way to kick off the summer reading season.  I gave myself the goal of reading 10 books by September 1st. I'm reading book 3 and 4 this week and enjoying every minute.  I'm sure Summer reading is left over from being a kid but I tend to kick up my fiction reading during the summer and go back to the craft and design books during the rest of the year.  I tend to take vacations in February or April so Summer vacation has become a thing of the past.
      I am officially in love with this wildflower display in a neighbors front yard.  It is so neat and filled with so many different flowers.  It is funny to say but when people plant wild flower mixes they don't look that wild but this family has this perfectly done and it comes up to your waist so I'm tempted to jump right in.
       I am so tempted to knock on the door of this house and talk to the artist.  This piece sits on a fence but I never see the dangerous dog this warns against.  They have a studio in the garage and I never see anyone inside but I see lots of canvases and easels tempting me inside.  Personally I'm sticking to watercolor but I am a sucker for childlike paintings on wood and canvas.

<-----My house sitting buddy. She likes to flop in front of the door to stay cool and listen for people walking on her sidewalk.  So cute and she let me take her on lots of walks and cuddles with me while I read or watch a movie.