Thursday, April 30, 2015

Garden Treasures!

Over the past three years, my husband Peter has been cultivating and expanding our organic garden with his "special" soil formula.   This year, our two raised beds are already producing a cornucopia of delicious vegetables.  We had a full winter crop of swiss chard, kale, celery, cabbage and broccoli.  We now have yellow beans, carrots, lettuce and sweet beets to add to my vegetarian meals.  

While recuperating from elbow surgery in March, Peter made garden stakes from redwood with the idea that I might get around to creating something for the garden.  I was a bit skeptical that I could remember how to paint with acrylics after spending the last 5 years working exclusively with watercolor.   I still have 10 more to make!!


Monday, April 27, 2015

Springtime in Northern California

After a three month hiatus from painting plein air due to elbow surgery, I am finally able to pack up my equipment and head out into nature to enjoy springtime in Northern California.  It feels more like summer here in the Bay Area as the flowers and native plants have bloomed early after a very mild winter (if any).   

Despite the drought, several matilija poppy bushes on our property have bloomed already.  Our silver sage has delicate purple flowers and two Sticky Monkey Flower plants have tripled in size from the spring rain.  My patio pots are bursting with color!  I decided to get out my watercolor journal and paint a few before the heat of summer sets in.