Saturday, August 1, 2015

an Arkansas rock

I brought this large rock home from a recent trip to Arkansas, loving the variety of colors and textures. While drawing it last night, I kept seeing visions in my mind of the Grand Canyon which I saw in person 29 years ago.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


I took a stroll around my garden and gathered a few seed pods, I love the pale blue green of the poppies and the pink edges of the sycamore wings.

The nigella seed pods are a delight with their feathery leaves and lime and maroon seed heads.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

a painted bunting's visit

I knew that there are painted buntings in central Texas but we had never seen one. Until yesterday. I was standing at my kitchen sink when I looked up and there he was at one of our bird feeders. His colors are amazing! I couldn't see him close enough for details so I did the larger sketch from a field guide photo.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Here's a sketch of the different varieties of lavender in my garden.  The three on the left are compact growing and have nearly finished their flowering but the one on the right is just getting going with 2 foot long spikes laden with fragrant flowers.  I picked 6 bunches this morning but left plenty more for the bees who were very busy collecting nectar and probably a bit annoyed to see some of their food disappear!  I'm looking forward to making lavender bags with my very own dried flowers in a few week's time.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lazy Days of Summer

I love it when life is a little slow and I can sit on the edge of a pond and take my time drawing a dragonfly.  This darner is flying in front of a cattail that is just heading out.  The bottom half of the cone will thicken and turn a rich, dark brown. The top half is pollen .... lots of pollen.  When I walk amongst the cattail fronds I'm showered with pollen.

Sunday, July 12, 2015


I've planted several different varieties of lavender in the garden next to our new garden sheds.  The flowers are blooming well and I gathered a few bunches of the different colours and tied them to my manikin on my desk to dry.

Monday, July 6, 2015

gifts from Bill

Some women love when their husbands bring them bunches of flowers. My own dear man knows me well . . . He brings me interesting bits of nature to sketch! On two occasions last week, he found more unusual mushrooms while mowing and brought them to me.

The first one was brilliant yellow with an earthy-red top but I grabbed a pen loaded with water-soluble ink which darkened my first sketch. The second find was extremely fragile and translucent, something very hard for me to capture.