Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Love in a Mist Flower Study

I planted "Love in a Mist" flower seeds last year and they produced little spindly fragile flowers. I let the flowers go to seed and this year they are really strong and tall. They have really neat seed pods and if you like to make dried flower bouquets they add a lot of charm. The seed pods keep their shape and the seeds inside rattle a little. I like them.

My flowers are mostly white so I decided to play with color a little bit. These flowers have come up all over in my backyard, even in the gravel, so I have a lot of them to paint. The flowers don't last long and it seems the seed pods are there for a very long time so I guess I will spend some time studying them. The flowers have very fine leaf clusters and as the flowers begin to fade the tops begin to curl inside themselves and take on a whole new character. Very fun flower.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Flower Collage Birthday Cards

I really like digital collage, really fun to do. This is a dreamy celestial card. It makes me think of doing yoga outside; maybe in a flowering meadow and letting my imagination roam, and little fairies keeping me company - but being quiet.

Purple anemones are so pretty and I love the black centers. These are some of the newest cards I have in my Greeting Card Universe shop. I think I will be working on some more digital collage art.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Cancer Astrology Birthday Card

Happy Birthday to all those born under the sign of Cancer. I have a Cancer moon. Cancer people love their homes and family. They are receptive, sensitive, imaginative, sympathetic, kind, emotional and can have great intuition. Their most likeable trait is their loyalty, I like that.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Lake Tahoe Spring Mt. Tallac Hike

On a weekend camping trip to Fallen Leaf white, pink and purple phlox and a tall yellow flower were growing all over the campground, especially the yellow flower. Squirrels and blue jays were constant companions at breakfast. We were notified upon our arrival that the bears were very active in the campground, mamas and cubs, and our particular site was their favorite entry point.... we didn't see any the whole weekend so on the last morning woke up early around sunrise and walked to the bathroom (I was hoping to see one :). We saw a young brown bear nosing around a campsite, one with a cooler left out. He saw us as we saw him and then he went about his business. I was happy.

One day while we were there we hiked up Mt. Tallac as far as we could go. We reached Floating Island Lake which had one duck that we could see. We continued on just to see how deep the snow really was. It became deeper and more constant as we continued toward the next lake. We decided to turn back after climbing a very snowy hill and looked beyond and still more snow. We'll wait a few weeks and try to get to the next lake again.

I believe this is Sulfur Flower, which was growing all over the campgrounds. Great time of year to go.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Zentangle Eye in the Sky ACEO

A collection of little ACEO paintings. These are little paintings that are fun to collect. Fun to have for display on a desk or in small places. Easy to find frames for a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" painting.

This one is called "Eye in the Sky" and is a zentangle style drawing with watercolor washes. A dreamy kind of drawing.