This is a set that is best viewed in person. Photos just don’t do them justice. It was inspired by footage of the wildfires in California this year, specifically a garden with roses on fire. Not something I’d want to happen to anyone, but it was a great inspiration for these paintings. I began with a textured surface and then a metallic base background in silver. Then I used acrylic and ink, in red, yellow, and orange layers, to build the roses and flames.
These two pieces are favorites right now. They look even better in person! If you came to the local show, you already had a chance to see them then, but for everyone else this is your first look at them. Lots of layers, impressions, stamping, and rich autumn colors. I chose a set of simple, unvarnished, natural wood frames for them. I think they compliment them without distracting from them. Enjoy!
Getting the house ready for the winter holidays brings much excitement for me each year. Though much of the house stays the same in the way I decorate it, it is never exactly the same. Down below you will find several things that are different from previous years. I’ve included a photo of the two of us the first time we decorated the house together and a photo of the new hall radiator cover that Stan made for me. You will also see some new antique furniture additions. We are retiring some of my old furniture, from before we were a couple, to be used for storage in the basement and that has allowed us to find new pieces for the house. We’ve also finished some more of the small projects we are doing so you might see changes in the house in that way as well. Happy holidays everyone!
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Mid spring, here in New Hampshire, is when the garden really starts to take off. Much more variety and texture in the garden can exist because most of our freezes, especially hard freezes, are over for the beginning of the year. The vegetation in the yard has leafed out and everything is in a dizzying dance of shape and color.
We added many more tulips to the garden last fall and I have to say that investment was worth every penny. We’ve had quite a bit of rain this year, enough to not only knock the drought in the state down, but provide enough extra rain for increased growing and bloom times. Both of the new fruit trees from last year have loved the extra rain.
I’ve planted most of our vegetables now. Several different spinach, several different types of tomatoes & peppers, three varieties of lettuce, and some kale. We also continued our potato growing, though we’ve limited it to one variety this year. All the herbs are up and spreading. They don’t really need any help from me.
I’m still working on the annuals that go into containers and baskets. I’m also a little behind on planting the flowers I grow from seed, but I’ll catch up soon. Happy gardening everyone! Enjoy the photos. Continue reading “Mid #Spring #Garden #Flowers”