Friday, August 21, 2015

garden to table...

Sharing some beauty at the end of an ugly week.  Earlier this week I received a text from my bank asking about a rapid series of charges that emptied my bank account. My card was not lost or stolen but apparently someone skimmed my card # and wiped me out.  Thankfully, I was alerted quickly, called the bank, shut down the card and the disputed amount was put back into my account while an official investigation takes place over 60-90 days.  My new card will have a chip in it which will make it more difficult to skim but the whole thing just really wrecked a perfectly good week.  I spent much too much time thinking about the person that stole the number and the person who bought the counterfeit card and decided that I need to let it go. Posting the garden's goodness while enjoying the tomato salad in the middle for lunch as I type seemed like a good way to wrap things up.  A mole has taken out all the bush and climbing beans but everything else is in pretty good shape although things are looking a bit unkempt.  Late summer shabby is ok in the garden because two weeks from today we drive our oldest to college and we are squeezing in all kinds of quality family time.  All three of my kiddos start school after Labor Day and this year in particular it feels like a gift. Happy weekend.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mo chairs...

Garden Party
20"x20"x1.5" framed

Did I tell you I planted a cutting garden this year?  I did (and it actually does look a little something like this) and if you lived closer I would invite you to sit and chat among the flowers and the monarch butterflies and the honeybees.  But since you don't live closer (and I don't actually have chairs in my flower bed) I will just say a quick hello and tell you that my vegetable and flower garden are bursting with color and yumminess and I can barely keep up with the zucchini and tomatoes.  And I will wish you a happy last month of summer and ask what beautiful and edible things you have coming up in your garden right now?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A summer surprise...

This showed up in my inbox the other day and completely blew my mind...I had no idea my work was being used for the flyer!  I finished 'The Invitation' the week before I saw the call for art for the 'Chairs' and really felt the piece was destined for the show.  I was so happy when it  was juried into the show and happily sent the piece off to Northern California.  When this showed up in my inbox Wednesday night I was truly and completely caught off guard.  I wish I could attend the opening but having just been there a few weeks ago that is not ion the cards but it promises to be a fabulous show starring my new favorite subject :)  Surprises rock.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Two works in progress...

::new works in progress::

Hi there!  It's been quite a while since I've been here.  In fact outside of moving (which has happened a few times since I started this blog!) I think this is the longest I have gone without posting.  I would say I've missed it but actually the past few weeks have just flown by and I'm having trouble wrapping my head around the fact that August is at the doorstep.  Summer is in full swing here but camps, classes and concerts are over and we have a few weeks to relax and sink into a mix of lazy days, home projects and off to college shopping.   The garden is overflowing with zucchini and the 1st tomatoes have turned so there is sure to be plenty of good, fresh food and al fresco dining on the newly completed patio (yay!!!).  There is also time for playing games, binge watching Parks and Recreation and painting.  The photos above are two larger pieces I started this week.  They are 20" and 18" square pieces and my new Iwatani torch is so awesome for fusing paintings this size....why did I wait so long to try a torch?!? I hope summer is treating you well!!!

Monday, July 6, 2015

It's not always sink or swim...

Floating Under The Summer Sky

Sometimes it's OK to just stop, be still, and take it all in.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

talking blocks and a wild hare...

Talking Block No. 6
(i do)

Talking Block No.7
(be still)

Talking Block No. 8
(nature lover)

Wild Hare No. 7

I've been spending lots of time in the studio this week but the garden needs some serious tending.  The weeds are going crazy with all the rain and I need to get in there, clean things up, sew a few new seeds and put down a bit more coffee chaff.  The strawberries are all done, the blackberries are almost ready, the zucchini, pole beans and peppers are getting bigger.  The carrots, beets, kale and herbs are looking good and a few tomatoes are appearing.  Something ate much of the spinach and cabbages but left the rest of the lettuces alone and with the moderate temps they are continuing to grow.  I love having a garden but do not love weeding.  How about you...what's coming up in your garden?