Thursday, February 16, 2017

January Journal Entries ~

Flowers on the windowsill ~ Birds at the feeders

In Edith Holden's nature diary she included poetry and other writings. Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening has always been a favorite of mine. The fox sparrow in the corner was inspired by a flock I had seen at the edge of our woods on a foggy afternoon. My first time spotting these little cuties. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Journal Project Begins~

Toward the end of 2016 the gallery owner where I show my work shared a book with an artist friend and I. It was a copy of The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.  The author and artist of the book, Edith Holden, kept a diary of the year 1906. She included nature notes, poetry, personal thoughts and beautiful paintings of the natural world around her. Well, both my friend and I were inspired and each of us went home to order copies of our own.We had decided to take on the challenge of creating our own Nature diaries. 

My hope is that this project will keep me drawing more frequently and provide a place to explore new subjects. Also, with a new grandson in the family, I'm thinking of leaving something from "Gramma" to future generations that might encourage an appreciation for the natural world around them. 

So, we begin. I plan on posting the process along the way with selected entries. Hoping to finish well in December! And I hope you will enjoy it too. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lily of the valley ~ Convallaria majalis

Many of the flowers we have in the garden began in the gardens of friends and family. The lilies of the valley that a friend gave us 30 years ago has spread from a few plants to a large colony that has covered the flower bed on the north side of our home. The simple creamy white blossoms with the wonderful scent make a lovely floral carpet beneath the ferns and bleeding hearts each spring.

This botanical portrait was done in colored pencil on an 11" x 14" sheet of Fabriano Artistico hot pressed watercolor paper.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Little Pie Pumpkin

Last October I found the cutest little pie pumpkin while shopping at the local apple orchard. When I saw the graceful stem I knew I had to draw it.

I started my sketches but then November happened with an art show and the holidays close behind, so the artwork came to an abrupt halt. Thankfully, pumpkins are good keepers and this one survived well so I could finish the drawing.

Now with the winter months ahead I hope to have more time for art. This is the first of what I hope to be many more creative endeavors before spring and gardening season arrives.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Etsy Shop Open for Business!

To celebrate the new year I have finally opened my Etsy Shop!

It is called TwigsAndPetals

I have a fairly clear schedule for the winter months ahead and thought I would take advantage of the bit of extra "free time" and try something new. Since I can do this from home I am also hoping it will free me up for more time in the studio, something that has been sorely missing in my life for the past couple years.

I have several pieces on the site for sale and plan on adding to my inventory very soon. Right now I have prints available but soon will be adding a note card section. The focus of the shop is "Botanical artwork and gifts inspired by nature" so I have other items I've been playing around with that might also find their way to the shop in the near future.

Please feel free to stop by for a visit! :)  Thanks!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Surprise in the Winter Garden

I've had a happy surprise in the garden this month ~ my Helleborus is loaded with winter blooms for the first time. It's so nice to see flowers blooming in December. We are enjoying a very mild start to winter this year. Christmas Eve was sunny with the temps in the 60's! Though I do love the snow, I am contented to delay the cold weather for just a bit longer.

This splash of nature's color is a reminder that the garden offers subjects to paint even during the quiet winter months. I am looking forward to making sketches and perhaps a finished drawing of this little plant as well as finishing some of the plant portraits I have photographed and made studies of during the busy summer and fall seasons.