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Monday, March 24, 2014

More Miniatures!

Here again, more miniatures! I really am working on a larger piece, but needed to shoot out a couple more pieces. Wait, I lie, I am working on an illustration job right now-a noir/pulp piece...but eventually back to something large. Below is "Blue Scarf" This is an 8x6 oil on linen panel.
 "Two Years" This is an 8x6 oil on linen panel. The shot has a lot of glare unfortunately.
"Green dress." This is a 12x6 oil on linen panel. I wish I could have taken some more shots of this woman, her dress and moccasins were quite lovely and intricate.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Garden Awakening

 The garden is starting to switch to Spring. Above are the very unique buds from Crested Damask rose. The flowers are very beautiful deep pink, and this old fashioned type of rose only blooms once a year.
 This is another attempt to keep out the critters which loved my tomatoes and strawberries last year. It is an eyesore, but I hope it does the job.
 Speaking of eyesores, this in ground bed needs work! What a dump.
 Clematis "Guernsey Cream" about to bloom. Unique soft cream and green striped blooms. Can't recommend Clematis enough for the gardener, a huge variety of types and colors with ease of growth habit.
 Penstemon- a hummingbird delicacy. Great for dry gardens that get some heat. Plant in well draining soil or it will die on you. I have lost many to the clay content of my soil.
 Clivia-orange blooming shade lover with another part shade lover Hellebores behind it.
 Euphobia-lime green unique arid loving plant. Bought one 10 years ago, and now have like 100. They explode seed heads in the summer and pop up everywhere. Super easy and unique plant.
Freesias, the best scented bloom around. I have to put them in pots as the animals get the bulbs. Part of the South African bulb family, great for our climate, and will naturalize if planted in the ground.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Todays weekly C.S.A.

Erik and I belong to a CSA-community supported agriculture. I have mentioned them before, and think they are the greatest way to get local organic produce. The price is comparable to farmers markets, and local stores, but you know the farmers are getting their direct share of profits and you are getting the freshest of seasonal goods. In truth, our favorite part about Garden of Eden is their eggs. The eggs always sell out quickly, they have limited supply and are fabulous. The poor mainstream chicken industry is enough to turn one off of eggs altogether. Plus, those eggs are bland. The above eggs are truly from pasture raised chickens. They come from  a variety of chickens, too, and you can see the great range of colors in the egg shells like blue and green and dark brown and pink. The flavor is the best! The yolks are dark golden yellow/orange, the way they should be when chickens get to scratch for their food and exercise. 
 The produce is always seasonal, there are no summer squash or peaches yet, because those are not in season yet. I got bok choy, pink oranges, several grapefruit, lemons, beets and a couple of avocados, plus:
 Giant head of awesome butter lettuce, two cabbages, broccoli greens, and washed and ready mixed baby greens.
This is almost too lovely to eat. It will be gone tonight!