"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Angela squealed when she saw the caterpillar, so it looks as though I'm on the right track here.
Tomorrow is the first night of recitals - always a challenge to get in the time to paint. But having the house filled with gorgeous music is well worth it.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Not all reading material has to be serious!
This painting turned out much differently than my original concept... which I think I'll keep for another day. I still have 17 days to go and I'm hoping I can still stay on theme for the full month.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Cookbooks are great reading... even better if you actually make something from them. My favorite is Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. We joke that it's "the Bible" because it's so enormous. But there are simple, no-nonsense recipes with loads of notes and variations. It's bristling with sticky notes from all the recipes I want to make, or notes like "Angela doesn't like this" and a date.
(Noting here that today my awesome Scouts recieved their Bronze Award! More about that in a later post, but it made for a lot less time to paint.)
Monday, May 11, 2015
Today's greenery is either clover or wood sorrel from my yard - it's hard for me to tell when they aren't flowering. Wood sorrel has deep yellow flowers, and is very tasty. I like to go picking dandelions and wood sorrel in my yard and add it to my salads - foraging is awesome as long as you're careful what you pick.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
This dress was inspired by the gorgeous dogwood outside my window. There is also an amazing tree on the way to church where a family's planted a white and a pink dogwood together, and intertwined them so it looks like just one tree with pink and white blossoms. We look forward to its blooming every year - especially because it's for such a very short time.
Saturday, May 09, 2015
Friday, May 08, 2015
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
I am especially proud that today's painting came on a day I got my exercise/walking/rosary in, regular workday, led a Girl Scout meeting, painted, and then went to a leader's meeting for our troop's Bronze Award ceremony next week. I am not saying anything to brag, but to be amazed that I can find time to paint as long as I make it a priority. What I'm basically learning is, I need to make this a priority again.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Monday, May 04, 2015
One of the dandelions I picked for inspiration the other day went into full-blown awesome mode today, opening up into a firework bloom of seeds and inspiring me. I also wanted to paint someone with white hair, as I've now had almost a year of not dyeing my own. It's not nearly as awesome as this.
Sunday, May 03, 2015
The colors are a little over-saturated, but I guess that's what you get for taking a picture with your phone at night. The real colors are inspired by one of the few tulips we have left after the neighborhood groundhog decapitated them all. And her hat is - what else? An acorn.