Monday, July 27, 2009


Originally uploaded by linfrye
Daily Practice
Plein Air

I got out early yesterday, intending to paint the grapes we spotted - but my hibiscus, white and huge as platters, stopped me in my tracks. Instead of heading down the road, I sat in my own garden and painted these incredible flowers. The salvia, tall and the light blue of summer skies, were absolutely abuzz with bees, and while I sketched, I had a few land on my shoulders, and many more dipping into my paints and water. Several cats sat with me, curling up on the sundial -- each in turn.

It was a slow painting for some reason, so it wasn't until after dinner that I returned to the garden to finish up the painting. By then, it was over 90F and the shade was gone, so I sat in the MIDDLE of the flower bed, under the Vitex and painted --- ! It wasn't much cooler, I can tell you -- !

We are still in need of rain. I understand there have been showers far south of us, but we continue to be very dry. I watered the vegetables again, dried more tomatoes, and readied for the week.

It's the last week of our summer help, so we'll be having a small celebration to thank them for their help.

The summer seems to be flying by ... Stay cool!

Lin Frye
North Carolina


  1. Wow, Lin, that hibiscus just GLOWS. Hope you get rain soon...we just put new gutters on the back, so we probably won't get any more rain for a while. :-)

  2. Thank so much, Kate! Dang, gutters! LOL I should have washed my car! LOL


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