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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Backyard Garden

This was my first attempt this season to work outside. I should probably have set up my easel, but I sat in an Adirondack chair with a drawing board in my lap. It was a little awkward, and the set-up prevented me from easily stepping back from the work to assess things as I went along. The original piece was larger, but I cropped it down to this little 5x7".

Friday, May 17, 2019

Bumble Bee Garden

The honey bee has flourished on this planet for fifty million years. This hard working species of bee is responsible for pollinating flowers, trees, and food crops from around the world. Since much of the food we eat is dependent on honey bees for pollination, human survival is dependent on this species. Colonies of honeybees have been disappearing at an alarming rate around the world due to parasites, viral and bacterial diseases, as well as pesticides and herbicides. Honey bee colonies have been rapidly dying off and if this trend continues the honey bee will disappear from the world.

 

Providing a long season of nectar and pollen rich flowers for bees to feed on is something we can do to help the honey bees. Ensure you have flowers, shrubs and plants in bloom for as long as possible in your garden. Some bees may come out early, and will be looking for much needed pollen and nectar sources provided by spring bulbs such as narcissus and crocuses. Foxglove, snapdragons, and calendula are midsummer favorites. Some bees will continue foraging late into the season too, so try to ensure you include late flowering blooms in your garden, such as goldenrod.

 

This is the origianl piece of art for my Bumble Bee Garden poster. The paper is a Mi-Tientes. Sennelier pastels as well as pastel pencils were used. The calligraphy is done with gold ink on a separate sheet of paper and then the lettering is cut out the and added to the art.
I designed the layout of the poster by sketching the individual flowers on tracing paper and then cutting them out and arranging them in the composition.
The printed poster.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Masks for a Midsummer Night's Dream

The illustrations for the masks were done in pastels and they are printed on a card stock. These have been a popular item in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Love Bird

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Moroccan Courtyard Paintings

I did these paintings with preschoolers. If you would like more info, please visit my other blog.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Honey Crisp

Working on this drawing of a Honey Crisp apple and putting off baking an apple pie for Thanksgiving dinner. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pear Still Life

I always love it when I spot something in the grocery aisle that I want to paint. Pears have such a lovely color and shape. And then you get to eat the subject matter!