Saturday, June 28, 2008

Parrot and Roses

She loves to be outside, and I think she likes the color red. A few years ago she flew away out of an open door and was gone for four days.
Unbelievably, I found her and she was a very hungry bird. Now she is clipped, no more adventures for her. There are Cooper's Hawks here and Great Horned Owls, too, so it's a dangerous world for little parrots.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Ribbon Work

A ribbon embroidery pendant, with beads and cameo. I think I am going to try more of these. I haven't done much embroidery as of late, for which I am very sorry. I was taught to embroider when I was four, by our neighbor. She grew up as an orphan in pre-WWI Hungary, and was taught to embroider by the nuns as a means to support herself. After she came to America, she was widowed, and in fact supported her four children by doing embroidery for specialty stores. She was a very interesting woman, and would talk about hearing the wonderful gypsy violinists playing on the street corners of Budapest.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer roses

It's rose time. Most of my roses only bloom once a year, so I have to hurry if I want to do a picture of them. This is gouache on illustration board. P.S. It's finally stopped raining!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008


Ahhh, the weather is gloomy, its rainy and cold, it's time to take a picture of a beautiful cow. It's got horns, too.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Ginger Jar and Peaches

This is a ginger jar I bought for $15.00 at a local antique store. It turns out to be from the 18th or very early 19th century. I don't know if that makes it more valuable, but it makes it more interesting than it already is. The peaches are early 21st century.


I'm not sure that scarecrows really work. I think the crows are too savvy by now to pay them much attention. I'm trying to think of what medieval Book of Days showed one in a farmer's field. It wasn't working too well way back then, either, as I remember.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Peaches and bowl

Another peach picture. I like peaches.
It's gouache about 8"x10".(20x25 centimeters) I have another I want to do with a ginger jar.

Its Spring!

I found these in a garden center, nestled in the Astilbe.