Bark

This, my Dear Readers, is Paulownia tree, of which there are many in bloom in Paris in May:

And this is the Paulownia tree in Monet’s garden at Giverny (back view):

And this is my study of the Paulownia tree in Monet’s garden at Giverny (front view):

Our Dear Reader Felicia mentioned in a Comment recently that she’s […]

The Difference Between October and November Means Something Deep About Life in General, Probably

This was October:

This (same place, same time of day) is November:

It gets worse.

This was October 31 at my favorite local public garden, Cedarmere (home of the forgotten famous poet, William Cullen Bryant):

This is the same place, on November 18 this year:

And this is the same exact place on November 18, 2012:

Come with me, further down […]

That Was Then. This Is Now. I Like Then Better.

This is October on Long Island:

Same place, same time of day, this is now:

This was me, a mere 10 days ago, taking a photo that I forgot to load onto last week’s blog post:

Ahhhhhh…. Good book, warm Fall sunshine, nice knot garden on view, and a big fat G&T in the thermos.

It’s been raining for […]

I Always Mean Business

Ahhhhhhhh…….Fall……

This was Fall on Monday (at Cedarmere, a local historic garden):

And this was Fall two mornings later:

This was the scene on Monday:

And this was the view 48 hours later:

I love a good misty Fall morning, but I liked that last view (above) better when the old Copper Beech tree was still there:

I did get to hug […]

This Month’s Most Important Cup of Tea

As you can see, I am of two minds when it comes to October.

What kind of month is it? It is either the End of Easy Living (oh, how I love feeling 10 years younger every day in Summer Mind), or it’s The Beginning of Coziness (I look better in soft wooly sweaters than in tank tops). […]

Let’s Do This!

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015, noon – 3-4PM

Where: The Sunbury Arts Center in Sunbury, PA

Who: Me, and you, and you, and you…but not Taffy:

Taffy will be “busy” that weekend.

Why:  I’m giving a Watercolor Workshop, thanks to a special invitation from the nice people from Sunbury who read this blog. Thank you, Dear Reader Dennis!

What:  I’m going […]

Howl The Eternal Yes!

Today I want to talk to you about How I Do What I Do.

Wait. That sounds too grandiose.

Today, I want to show you How I Make The Sausage That Is My Art.

Which is illustrating, and which I do from photos.

Yes, I paint from photos. There. I’ve said it. n answer to that age-old question, “Where […]

Talent is Overrated

Today’s post is in honor of Dear Reader susie, whose Comment from last week  — in response to this picture of my first ever illustration —

was this:

You hear and see all over it doesn’t take talent,

just perseverance.

I don’t think so, if that’s your first shot out of the box.

I […]

A Squint Through My Back Pages

I have never used an actual “sketchbook” for my “sketching”. In fact, I have never, actually, “sketched”. I even dislike the verb, “to sketch”, based on what I’ve seen when people “sketch”, all wispy and mushy and tentative…but that’s just me. I have a very annoying personality.

Instead of putting my works-in-progress into a fancy, expensive, hard-backed […]

Yay! I’m Back! Just In Time To Tell You All About Squinting!

Hi everybody!!

It’s good to be back in the blogosphere! I hope you missed our get-togethers as much as I have because today’s post is going to make up for my absence — get ready for a two-tea-cupper update on all things V. Swift. 

Another entry on our Beautiful Word List: Shenandoah.

So, now back to where we left […]