Magic Seeds

A friend passed along some seeds a year or so ago. She said they came from a plant called the Maltese Cross. Well the seeds were ready and survived to germinate and grow to maturity in our garden.
   So it happened that in the middle of summer when the heat is the hottest in the northeast we were treated to a glimpse of a red that is spectacular. The contrast of colours is stunning and you would know by now that I would have to paint them on the spot. I have taken some seeds from this years plants and will sow them also in the hope of making another painting in the future. 

Take Out

A stack of pots becomes a drawing. The simplicity of the tools and the familiarity of household objects turns a drawing project into an experience for the artist. The tools were charcoal sticks and mayfair paper about eighteen by twenty four inches and a large eraser for correcting. Correcting is allowed and encouraged.

Famous Birds

Our garden is home to many plants that I have drawn and talked about over and over but I wonder if I have mentioned famous birds that have visited.

With Springfield Lake across the road we often get to hear and watch the goings on of ducks and geese.  The playing and squawking, landing and taking off.

On one of the first cold days of fall a spruce grouse sat all puffed up storing what little heat was being given by the sun. Unlike the chickadees, bluejays, and crows who are always on the move this visitor rested for a good half hour. 

Early spring robins are a welcome sight.
Early Birds  When it comes to painting, any subject seems ok, the main thing is to do it at every available chance.