Saturday, July 21, 2012

Birthday Fun for Finn

We're spending a few days in the NC mountains with the boys' grandparents. Alistair and I picked flowers to create a bouquet for Finn's 1st birthday. Good grief, has a year passed already??! We collected the scraps in a basket for play and then decorated Mr. Squirrel. I think he's happy. 

Here are my silly boys, playing in puddles and drawing with chalk. Finn's first drawings--I'm beaming with pride!! The next day I discovered the footprints...
Happy Birthday, Finny!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Guten Tag!

Today I woke up to a lovely note from Angela Schiewer. She included my "Warrior" pose in her blog today! It's a very pretty collection of yoga style items. Check it out!  

Dankeschön, Angela!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I, Naturalist

I have something I want to share with y'all! (yes, the ubiquitous and useful phrase has made its way into my daily vocab. I surrender.) You know I'm a nature lover, especially flowers, birds and bees. Well, a friend hipped me to a site called where you can post observations and learn all about the species you find! And you can follow other people's observations, ask for IDs on things you're not familiar with. It's so cool. Check it out - and follow me on!

See this tree? Looks like an ordinary tree, right?
Look closer. What are those little fruits? Why, they are delicious figs!! Take 'em right off the tree! OMG, so sweet and tender. I've never had figs right off the tree before.
I posted this observation on, and discovered that Fig trees (not their real name) are related to Ficus trees! Who knew? (Well, arborists, of course.)

And I met these lovelies from my backyard last week. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Spicebush Swallowtail, meet my readers. Readers, meet these gorgeous Swallowtails. That's my Lantana they're enjoying. I have future plans for a dedicated butterfly garden. Welcome, friends!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Circle Series

OK, here they are! I'm really excited about this new series. Circles have long been important to me. When I was making sculpture, most had circular forms. My drawings have almost always included circles. There's something about the perfection of a circle (Aristotle agreed!) that feels good to me. It's complete, it never ends, it symbolizes both fullness and emptiness at the same time. 

Another aspect of this series is the organic repetition of form. Like corn growing on a cob or pebbles piling together along a shore, I'm really interested in how things grow together and exist side-by-side.

This series also is a study in color mixing and neutrals.

I'll be adding them to my Etsy shop soon. I'm selling the originals; no prints will be available. They're truly one-of-a-kind! If you're interested and would like me to reserve one before they get listed, send me an email at:






Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! 
We are looking forward to bike riding with friends, a yummy picnic, and some fireworks.
 Here's a little painting I did of Old Glory.
I have a lot of goals for this week while my husband is home from work, so we'll see how much I actually can achieve. I am planning to scan and list several new paintings this week; I'm super excited to share them all. Plus create some new paintings, do tons of laundry, re-organize closets, move some plants outside, upload pics from our vacation.... sigh. 
Enjoy your holiday!!