Thursday, December 29, 2011

Vintage Watering Can and Shasta Daisies

My seed catalogs have started to come in the mail and it makes me dream of flowers and spring. I think it would be great to have a little section of the garden with vintage watering cans with flowers growing in them, color billowing out this way and that. I think I may start searching flea markets and antique stores for some. I have several old rusty bucketsI've found in the desert that I plant flowers and tomatoes in and a watering can or two would go nicely with them.
And a shasta daisy plant or two. I've not had great luck with my daisy plants in the past and I'm not sure why. I've not been able to plant them in a spot where they are happy. A lady down our street has lovely daisy plants that get bigger and prettier every year. Need to ask her what her secret is. They are planted in the front yard, maybe that is what they like - or they just don't like my backyard...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hyacinth, Lemons and Pesto Recipe

Last year I bought this little hyacinth flower from the grocery store and painted it a few times and once on really nice paper after I'd gotten to know it a little better. I loved the little pink vase it was in, although I made mine purple blend. I eventually planted it in my front garden and they emerge every spring pink and lovely.

I think lemons are so fun to paint, especially with the leaves. I don't paint with yellow much. I painted some lemons and an artichoke for a "lemon artichoke pesto" fabric design to enter into a contest on Spoonflower.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Drawings from the Desert in December

We went exploring on Saturday to a place nearby, close to railroad tracks. Lots of trash had been dumped in piles here and there. Old rusty cans, lots of broken bottles in great colors of green, purple and blue. I found some flowery broken china pieces for my collection. I'm hoping to take a mosaic class one day and use my china chips to make something neat for my garden. While I was exploring the two things I found most interesting were an old leather glove that fit a tiny hand and an empty aluminum tube of toothpaste. Do you remember when they used to put toothpaste in aluminum tubes? I do. I see that Tom's brand still puts theirs in aluminum tubes. It is dry as a bone in the desert where I live. There seems to be a layer of dust hovering around all the time like a fog. It is cold though! I'm hoping for some kind moisture soon. I'd love a white Christmas. I thought this old rickey fence was neat. Thin little slats with crooked wire and patches of wood here and there trying for a little more stability. It has character. Now I'm off to paint these...

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas and New Year Greeting Cards

Greeting cards for the holiday season to wish friends and family a Merry Christmas. Red Poinsettias in watercolor with a little spatter here and there and watery elements.

A collage style greeting card in soft blues with a sweet Little Snowman drawn in colored pencil.

And a very Happy New Year card with white roses in pencil with watercolor accents. Wishing you a very happy holiday season.