Posts Tagged ‘bird bath’

The art of Gardening, collage pots

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

The weather has been perfect (well a little too hot) so I have been spending a lot of time planting and gardening and doing yard work. I love the physical activity of it and the cropping, grooming and shaping of plants and trees, it can be artistic or at the least it requires a good eye. The temps have been in the low eighties so by noon I break, but I have been going back out as the evening approaches, its been drawing me more than painting which is not usually the case. The local nursery, one of my all time fav destinations, always has the most beautiful collage pots (dang I should have taken some pics) and I marvel at how there never seems to be any down time with the natural growth of the combined plants, I mean, mine go through phases of, first planting where there is space between plants and then removal of plants that did not take the transplant, then dead heading etc. any way, mine have down time when the pot dosn’t look so great, I guess I need to keep honing my gardening skills. Gardening just lifts my spirit and gives me a sense of satisfaction.

I love pin wheels, and I found some adorable small ones at the dollar store and they add pretty bits of color to the collage pots.
The bird bath has been attracting the sweetest little yellow and orange finches, I adore them, I’m thinking about getting a bird house and a feeder…

I tried to capture in one shot some of my recent activity:

after I finish gardening today I will be painting with my pure pigments from synopia. Its so much easier and effective painting with pigments that don’t have a bunch of fillers gunking stuff up.

Life in southern Cali

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Its delightfully overcast this morning. The overbearing heat in sunny southern Cali does not make for a lot of energy. Best to get some yard work done early and my neighbors apparently think so as well judging by the continuous hacking or axing of something.  I think I really need an expanse of land surrounding our home so I can’t hear the neighbor’s noises and well they probably think that about us too since the pugs diligently yak at every squirrel or lizard rustling the bushes.

Three Hands are Better than One

I created a homemade bird bath by by turning a large pot upside down and placing a somewhat deep dish with water on top of it and within a couple of hours the feathered ones discovered it. I enjoy watching them bathe especially when its so hot.

One of my favorite paintings sold from the show in Michigan which I mentioned here a few weeks ago. Its great to have sales and know that work is gracing somebody’s walls but when its a favorite piece its also bitter sweet. I create so much art though that I really can’t even keep some of my favorites and well naturally its the favorites that always sell the fastest.