Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Colors

I wonder if my watercolor set can capture the colors of Fall.  What do you think?

Visiting Caterpillar


I can not decide whether it reminds me of a Pekinese Dog or of Albert Einstein.  Notice the hair.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fall Harvest Continues

A Stettler's Jay has joined the local squirrel in harvesting acorns from the canyon's oak trees.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Fall Harvest

Over the summer, I have watched the acorns grow.  Now, they are being harvested by the local squirrel.  Acorn shells and oak leaves litter the grown beneath the oak trees.  This busy squirrel frustrates my dog Mollie.  It invades her yard but travels a highway of tree branches above her head.  I hear Mollie barking.  The squirrel must be working on its Fall harvest.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Abundance

On my drive home, I pass by the local botanical garden.  Their entry border is filled with an abundance of flowers and colors - red, yellow, purple, orange, green ....

My view of the solar eclipse

See the crescents in amongst the dappled shadows of the leaves.

Picassa, the art center class knew to also view the eclipse through the shadows.

One of the art center volunteers and one of the employees from the Ogden Symphony and Ballet shared their glasses so we all were able to view the actual solar eclipse.  Thank you!  And thank you Melissa Seamons for this great picture of Picassa
 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

This Morning's View

Through my window, I watch the morning sunlight dance and sparkle off the iridescent wings of dragonflies darting above the river.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Weber County Heritage Facebook post

Weber County Heritage Foundation: https://www.facebook.com/WeberCountyHeritageFdtn/
In 1909, David Eccles, owner of Ogden Rapid Transit, and Simon Bamberger, owner of Bamberger Electric railroad began a race to see which company could be the first to finish a rail route up Ogden Canyon to Huntsville.
What a cool picture of the trolley that use to come up the canyon.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summer Rain

Lightening, thunder, a downpour of rain moves on, the scent of a summer rain lingers.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Remnants

My drive  home each night takes me through a neighborhood of townhouses and condos.  This time of year fruit trees are in bloom, remnants of the orchard that use to fill the neighborhood.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring blossoms, Quince

Today on my drive home I noticed the spring blossoms.  Fruit tree are bloom, apricots, plums, and pears.  The choke cherries are showing petite green leaves.  The buds are green on the lilacs and on the maples in  warmer spots.  Oh, and there is a Quince bush in bloom.  It's pink, orange bloosom bright and cheery.

My grandma had a Quince bush in her side yard.  Its pink, orange blossom were much the same color as my mother's lipstick.  When we were children, we would pick a blossom, rub it across our lip much like we saw our mother apply her lipstick.

I remember in the fall, the Quince fruit look much like a small apple or pear.  It wasn't until much later that I learned  that it could be used to make quince jelly.  It sounded old fashion, so I didn't think much about it.  Today, I found a recipe for Quince jelly: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/quince_jelly/
The further research brought more possibilities:

http://www.thekitchn.com/quince-tough-fall-fruit-with-a-secret-reward-ingredient-intelligence-73041

And a sorbet:

https://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/quince-and-vanilla-sorbet

Friday, March 17, 2017

Painted Snapdragons

I received a bouquet which had snapdragons, the perfect inspiration for a watercolor,
and more ink jet prints.



Saturday, March 11, 2017

Another Spring first

I saw my first Spring butterfly today.  A lovely velvet brown Mourning Cloak flying from a pile of leaf debris.  The temperatures for the last three days have been around sixty degrees.  A taste of Spring.  The garden is filled with snowdrops.  I should be seeing honey bees, soon

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dawn Song

Spring most surely is on the way.  This morning I awoke to the trills and chirps of a bird singing.  The first dawn, morning song for me of 2017.

Monday, March 6, 2017

March Weather in Utah

Just fifteen minutes ago, a snowy blizzard raged outside my window.  Now, I see sunshine and blue skies.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February 2017 completed

So my challenge of writing a month of letters is complete.  It was a fun challenge.  Fortunately for me, Valentine's Day was in the month.  I was able to send a number of letters with my Valentines.
It was a succesful month, I think.  I received two letters, an email, and a text message in response.  I was please to send letters back to those that wrote me.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Bouquet of Daffodils.

Yesterday, I purchased a bouquet of daffodils.  The day was snowy and gray, making it seem as if winter will never end.  The daffodil are bright sun bursts of yellow a lovely contrast to winter white.

Today,  the daffodils are a cheery yellow.  Outside my window the sun is shining and the sky is blue, although more snow is forecast for tomorrow.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Printmaking

I read an article about ink jet transfer prints.  I have been wanting to try them.  Today, I found a printer on sale, and purchased it.

For subjects, I used my new printer to copy a few of my more recent watercolors.  I printed them on photographic paper.  I tried  creating prints on cards, the paper's color came off on to the photographic paper.  I had a greater success using watercolor paper or a rag bond paper.
With the prints, I then created cards.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Season's firsts

The snow has melted enough that today I saw my first blooming snowdrop of the season.