Monday, May 30, 2011

Orange Illuminated Letter

I know, another one?  The rain and snow has kept me in this holiday weekend.  You can only read so long.


SNOW!  It has laid down the tulips, poppies and mother's day planters of petunias.  The trees are bent under its weight.  SNOW!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Invader of the garden kind

However unusual it is to find a dandelion in my mother's garden, yesterday we had more unusual invaders.  Oh alright it was the gardens along the roadway, but it was still unusual.  Two twenty something adults where picking her flowers, creating a huge bouquet.  We surprised them as we drove up returning from a grocery shopping trip.

Now, while I have had this happen in the gardens at the art center where I work.  At the art center it is usually children walking home from school.  In my mother's garden it is unusual.  And the excuse?  "We thought they where wildflowers."

My recommendation - plant, grow and pick your own flowers, or leave the flowers in garden for everyone to enjoy.  They will last longer in the garden than in a vase.

On this morning's walk

A light rain is falling.  Raindrops glisten in the diffused light on dutch iris petals and maple leaves.  The lilacs are beginning to open.  Their fragrance struggles to overcome the scent of rain.  Looking up, through the mountain mist; I see a new dusting of snow on the peaks.  Then, while looking down, I see the turquoise-blue fragility of a robin's egg. Spring!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Let's Go on a Picnic

I taught a Science & Art workshop entitled "Let's Go for a Picnic" for children this afternoon.    We discussed why ants are insects, how they live their life cycle in ant hills with tunnels underground, (Riley preferred to cover her ant's tunnels in brightly colored wallpaper.), and the different types of ants and their jobs.  We created a fun foam ant  with pipe cleaner legs, and on a poster board sheet created a checkered table cloth for a picnic and to use as a game of tic tac toe - ants verses picnic food.  I sent the students home with their own observation jar.

A fun class!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

As twilight deepens, 
A lone bird sings - chirps and trills;
Tonight's evening song.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sunny Morning

We woke to the sun shining in.  Mollie and I enjoyed our morning walk in the golden sunshine and shadows.  It has been a great break from the rain, which is forecast to return Sunday afternoon.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Illuminated Letters for friends

I had such a fun time illuminating letters at the Mountain West Arts Conference.  Tonight, I thought that I would illuminate a couple of letters for friends.  I think that I will tuck them in to the next letter I write to them.  Or maybe just send them the letter.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


My Damsel and Dragonfly class

Morning Observation

Mist and rain obscure the sunrise.  Birds still sing a morning song.  Robins are busily collecting the worms that have come up due to the rain.  Oak trees are just starting to leaf.  Beautiful little, perfectly formed leaves burst from the tree's buds.  The maples are distressed by all the rain, their leaves are beginning to curl with a fungus that happens with too much spring wet.  All around is green!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Tomorrow, I am going to teach a Science and Art workshop for children called Damsel and Dragonflies.  Tonight, I am tracking down my support material and art supplies.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Evening with my friend's briards

Over in the pine tree a squirrel or two is chattering.  The day has been warm, finally.  I am sitting in the backyard with Tosca and Cini.  The sun is shining through the leaves of the neighbor's quaking aspen.  Fluffs of dandelion float aimlessly on a light breeze.  Pink pom-poms of almond blossoms glow in the evening light.  A lovely evening.

Window Views

The Grosebeaks are back for the summer.

These lovely flowers grow in a window box in the complex at which I work.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Moms you mean so much to us.  We should let you know more often.  We love you everyday!
On the mountainside
Maple trees burst in spring green-
Lacy blooms and leaves.

Saturday, May 7, 2011