We’ve started school – 4th and 6th grades this year!  I was inspired to illustrate “Learning” the way my boys are discovering the wealth of knowledge and all the information that is stored in books.  How great is it to read!  I sketched out my idea on paper then transferred the idea to watercolor paper and finished it with watercolor and ink.  I’m excited for this school year and looking forward to everything the boys (and I) are going to be learning!



Bellflower Painting Video


I tried making a little video of painting my bell flowers:


These bell flowers volunteered in my shade garden and have naturalized all over the bed – I love their color and shape!!  I don’t know where they could have come from…I don’t know what kind they are.



Shirley Poppies


A few poppies in shades of pink – The ‘Shirley Poppy’ encompasses a cluster of selected strains of a specific poppy – Papaver rhoeas. It’s name comes from the village of Shirley, England, where the first strain was discovered in the late 1800’s.  They are selected for the pastel hues not normally present in the natural red native flowers.


13th Wedding Anniversary


Today, my Babe and I celebrate 13 years of marriage!  I illustrated my wedding attire from that day – the dress, veil, shoes, etc. are all safely stored away in boxes ; )  I wore little satin ballet flats.  My dress had no train, so I had a long veil that trailed the ground instead.  My bouquet of white peonies was cut from a friend’s garden the morning of the wedding – and they smelled lovely all day!  I had a set of pearl necklace and earrings and of course my diamond engagement and wedding rings ; )


Painting Flowers



We’re having a rainy spell…days of clouds, mist, spurts of sunshine.  Tonight is the Flower Moon – last full moon that could bring frost to our gardens.  Then it will be safe to plant our vegetables and tender annuals outside!!  I’m delightfully torn between my love of painting and my love of planting ; )

Do you have twin passions?  How do you divide your time?  Is it seasonal, day vs. night, or parts of the day?

Coral and Pink Poppy


I will never tire of painting flowers – and poppies are my favorite flower!  I love their forms and colors: reds, corals, and pinks!  I started 50 seedlings again this spring…I’m not even sure where I’ll plant them all.  I did some lavender somniferum and red orientale early and I have california and shirley poppy seeds to plant out.

What’s your favorite flower?



Spring Sleeping


We have little chipmunk holes here and there in the yard…they’re the reason I gave up growing strawberries – they would always pick them the moment they were ripe!  They are so much fun to watch.  They run along our rock wall and help themselves to the seed under the bird feeders.  So, here’s my illustration of a little chipmunk, sleeping under the spring bulbs in my garden ; )