Nature Journal

My son snapped this picture of me painting a detail of the orchid flower in my nature journal. As summer ramped up with activity, my nature journal got a little behind…but I sat down to do a little here and there!

I added a few things to my no. 5 page: blackberries, monarch and milkweed, goldfinch at my feeder, pinesap and helleborine orchid.

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Nuthatch and Wild Carrot

I wanted to do a nuthatch for the next in my Birds and Flowers series – I’ve enjoyed watching them all summer – they stay in the underbrush and are very skittish.  I had to think about it for a while before I could decide what flower to pair him with – I finally decided on wild carrot (Queen-Anne’s-Lace) for it’s understated delicacy.

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Chickadee and Purple Thistle

The next in my series of Birds and Flowers is a chickadee and purple thistle.  The chickadee is a very friendly little bird.  If you sit long enough with birdseed in your hand they’ll come and eat from it!  Thistle is one of their favorite flower seeds.  But, I have to be careful that the seed doesn’t sprout in the yard where it’s sharp prickles would hurt our bare feet in the summer!

 

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Indigo Bunting and Horned Poppy

I’ve started a new series – Birds with Flowers – the first here is an indigo bunting and horned poppy.  I chose them because I had my first indigo bunting nesting here this summer and I bought a horned poppy for my garden – to add to my poppy plant collection ; )  They both have given me such joy this summer and I love their colors together!

 

 

 

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Bit o’ Night

This idea popped into my head while I was sitting in church on Sunday morning.  The minister said something about how we can’t hold the sky in our hands or contain the heavens – yet God holds everything in His hands…providence kind of ideas.  This image instantly popped into my head!  I thought of dreams and wishes and if we could capture them somehow ; )

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Watercolor Travel Set

My Aunt is out visiting from California and brought me a surprise gift!  The Aqua-mini watercolor set from Sennelier and a little journal to go with it – she knows what I like!
The set comes with a little brush – very fine tip for small lines.  I tried the paints out today and painted some happy little pitchers – such beautiful colors and I can mix many new colors perfectly!

I already had this little zippered pouch.  It fits the little journal, paints, my water brushes, and a pen, pencil, eraser…all set to go anywhere and paint ; )

Thank you, Auntie, for a lovely little set of paints – they’re a dream to work with!!!  Now, I must go out somewhere and paint!

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