Monday, May 30, 2011


Still waiting for the right opportunity to take garden photos. Yesterday's heavy rain made the ground too soggy, and the typical blooms for this time of year haven't happened yet. Until then, here's a picture of a giant amaryllis that I have that's incongruously blooming now:

Monday, May 23, 2011


Just finished: Charcoal portrait of "Grizzly".

Sunday, May 22, 2011

It's In!

The garden is in! Pots are full, though after over buying last year, I came in a little bit under this year. It's hard to find deer-resistant annuals for the pots. I'm tired of the all-night deer banquet around here. Most of my annuals are not imaginative species. I love the wave petunia! I know, they're big at the big box garden centers, but I like them! Pictures to come. . .

Monday, May 16, 2011


People came to the sale, they really did. The weather was cold, windy, raw, rainy, damp, gloomy, chilly, and any other descriptive words. We sold, but for the most part the sales were for small items, and I don't want to be negative so I'll stop. It was good to see what the other members of the Reed-Turner Artists' Circle were up to. I got some nice plants from the garden club sale, which is an event that I look forward to every year.
Almost finished with the portrait of Grizzly.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I'm looking forward to this event - There will be a great selection of plants provided by the Long Grove/Kildeer Garden Club and an equally great selection of botanical art prints, note cards, and other media created by the Reed-Turner Artists' Circle, of which I'm a member. The Nature Center is located in the beautiful Reed-Turner Woodland in Long Grove. Now I know it's spring.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Show Recap

I'd have to say that attendance and resulting sales at the NSUC show last weekend were less than stellar. The weather was better than it has been lately, which probably keeps people from going to the indoor show. And of course, it's the economy, (I'll try, but fail, to not say "stupid" here). But, I did sell one of my unframed original bird paintings. This was the first time I have shown originals without a frame, just matted and sealed in a clear envelope. So, this could be a trend, or just a random event. We'll see.

I found out from a knowledgeable source that the pumpkin pictured here is called a "Lumina" pumpkin. It is also a chance to add a sample of one of my unframed originals for sale.