I tried something new for this painting – watercolors first instead of ink. I usually ink in the lines first, but I thought it would be good to try something different…now I can’t decide if I should ink it all in, just some of it, or none of it! Maybe just the hand…
A fun little project I started – lumberjack and lumberjill jointed paper dolls! I loosely based them on my husband and I ; ) We went to see the Great Maine Lumberjack Show last summer and since then I’ve had this idea to do some dolls. Maine has a long history in the wood industry and red flannel shirts and L.L. Bean boots are always in season here!
My Dad has always harvested his own trees for firewood and lumber. I remember him milling the boards used for the staircase he built in the home I grew up in. I may do dolls of my dad and mom, and of course, my boys want dolls fashioned after them too! A whole family of Northern Woodsmen – wouldn’t that be fun!
I just penned in the lines for this new illustration – inspired by friends who have kept goats for years. They start having the newborn kids about this time of year! Such fun little animals – our boys like to frolic and play with them!
I started making these cards last spring because the ladies at church were sending messages off to some of the sisters away on missions work – they assigned us each a letter to make into a card. When all the cards are put in order they spell out “We Miss You” or “God Bless You” etc. I thought I should go ahead and make a card for each letter of the alphabet…eventually – a sort of ongoing project ; )
So far I have A-anemone, I-ipomoea, and now G-gardenia.
Painted in my ferns this afternoon. …loving the bird’s-eye view!
Spending time today with my favorite books – about wildflowers. I love flowers, I love gardening, and visit as many gardens as I can over the summer – but it starts with wildflowers – I started my own garden of wildflowers when I was a little girl. It was set on the banks of a gully with ferns all around – my prize flower was a red trillium. I had blue bead lily, mayflower, star flower, bunch berry, etc.
My Grandmother gave me her wildflower book years ago. I used it to identify plants when I went for walks in the woods out behind my parent’s house. It became so fragile that I now keep it safe on the shelf and instead take a Peterson’s field guide with me on my walks.
So. I did this little painting of a trillium – in remembrance of my first little garden!
Working on a commission for a dear friend’s birthday this month! She requested the monarch on lilac and I was happy to oblige!
I’ve put down the first washes and a few details for this latest poster I’m working on – insects and animals that look like leaves! It’s for my oldest son who loves exotic animals and is studying biology in college.
I’m hoping to get this finished for his birthday on February 2nd!
Work in progress: Black Swallowtail and Giant Swallowtail – underwings shown. I’d only known of the tiger swallowtail which is common here in New England. Then I grew celery and attracted the black swallowtail – they come for parsley, dill, carrot, etc. Then I planted a ‘gas’ plant (Dictamnus Albus) which is citrus enough to attract the Giant Swallowtail – they come for orange, lemon, etc. I love all butterflies and moths and keep track of what I see in my field guides.
I started a new one – Rabbit and Clover. I’m thinking some embroider/cross stitch style borders at the top and bottom will finish it.