Just a few random pictures

I have two bird feeders outside of the window that the cats can watch them. They sit on their cat tree and make the funny “I see birds noises”. Goldfinches are so pretty and this one gave me the opportunity for a close up shot. That little bird feeder is solar and has lights on it at night,..for my enjoyment, I don’t think it helps the birds with landings for night feeding.

The crane or heron was standing with his back to me and I liked his reflection in the pond.

I have a new lens and was able to get closer. I so enjoy when they come to the pond.

This moose was on loan at a Maine rest area. This is the only one I saw!!

Of course we had to stop by Kennebunkport at the Bush compound to take a picture.

Beginning the day

I am so thrilled that the camera picked up the colors of this mornings sunrise perfectly. This is what it looked like my friends. I couldn’t let it go by, from the clouds to the colors. This is for those who slept in and missed this beauty and those of us that just sigh when we look at it.

The silhouettes of the trees and the wispy clouds.

This color combo is my favorite….

I put this wreath on a back door of our house, one that can be seen from the road. Last year I had a finch build a nest and raise her babies till they flew away. It is a perfect spot because it is sheltered from the wind, disguised by the twigs and away from predators. She is a pretty smart lady and she is back again. All is well.

See how it can hardly be noticed? I wouldn’t have paid attention if I wouldn’t have heard all the birds chattering between themselves.

It is all ready for the eggs. Last year there were five and that nest was full of birds and poop. Then one day poof, the nest was empty. It was very neat to watch. I just love nature! Thanks for stopping.

 

The Nest

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In an earlier post I introduced you to The Finch’s.

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They have built a nest in my door wreath, which is a perfect place, normally. Tomorrow it is going to be open quite a bit. We will have to see how she handles this interruption.

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She always fly’s out of the nest when we come out that way, and then she sits in the tree and jabbers at us. I took the opportunity to point my camera at the nest to see what was in there. There are five little blue eggs. I think they are just precious!

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It reminded me of a painting I did a little while back, appropriately named “The Nest”. It says: They put their heart and souls into it. When the time came to leave the nest, They prayed they did enough. Happy Friday!

A week in review

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Here it is, thursday already and I have not done one blog post. The week seems to have flown by. I will do a quick recap with some pictures. Monday was a beautiful day. I had picked up some plants that needed potted, but before that my tulips needed some pictures. I have have never had any orange tulips and I am very enamored by them.

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A nice big white one with a pretty yellow center.

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I love them because I haven’t had tulips for a while. When you have a new house it takes such a while to establish flowers. I hope these grow nicely and multipy.

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On the weekend I went to an antique mall in Decatur, IN in search for a rustic bench. I came across this guy and it was perfect. The right length and very rustic. In the three pots are red geraniums, they were not planted yet, just sitting in the pots. They will be so, so pretty when they start blooming. I will show you the big picture further on.

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Here it shows that it is old and rustic with square nail heads.

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Other plants that needed pots, herbs. I had moved this stand to the other side of the porch and planted two cantnip plants, sweet mint, peppermint, lemon thyme, and garlic chives. It should get the right amount of sunlight in this spot.

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A welcome hello, come sit a spell.

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I am so happy with this creeping phlox, it was a piece that my neighbor Kathy gave me last fall. It’s blooming well and will add a great spot of color to the landscaping. These spread so nicely.

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Tuesday I practiced setting up the frame of my art fair tent. I have it well marked, and I feel confident it will go smooth at the next fair which is on May 15th. I just took it slow, and wrote my directions down and when I took it down it was bungee corded together in sections. Also it is 7 feet tall, the legs haven’t been extended in this picture. 

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It has a front and back awning to extend the space and also help with the sun in the summer. Also this week I found I was put on the waitlist of two summer art fairs in my area. Covington and Three Rivers Art in the Park. Since I am new at this I will have to see how this plays out. I will hear by May 31st for Coventry and probably June for 3 Rivers. On another note I heard from the Roanoke Art Show and since I participated last year I don’t have to pay a jury fee or send in pictures which is fantastic, I am just automatically in….this show is in October.

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Meet Mr.House Finch.

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And Mrs. House Finch…..Sounds like Person of Interest….Which the new season starts in May! It’s been a long time!

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If you haven’t heard finches, they are jabbering all the time. They have a very distinctive sound. Click here to listen and read about them. They have made a complete small nest in my door wreath. It really is a perfect spot for it because we don’t use this door often and it is in a sheltered spot from the rain and wind. Here she is coming back to the nest. She always flys out when we open the door to look at her. You can barely see the nest on the right side.

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She was getting closer but then heard my camera click.

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Johnny Jump-ups, I threw these seeds down in the landscaping two years ago so that they would randomly multiply. It’s going to be pretty this year. They are all over, I love these flowers. It’s going to be a fun weekend. I am doing an annual girls weekend and we are going to Akron Ohio to a stamping convention. Click here for the information. I just love these gals, it’s been a while. That’s all I’ve got. I hope you have a fun weekend too.

 

A little bit of spring

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My magnolia is blooming beautifully. Each bloom throughout spring is so fleeting. The bush had big fat buds last week and this week with a little warm weather the blooms are out. I was worried we had nickle size hail on sunday night and was hoping that it wouldn’t knock all the buds off.

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Showing you the big fat buds again.

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I have this wreath hanging on an outside door and noticed there were two birds flying to and from it. I think it must remind them of a tree because they are building a nest in it.

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Here it is, they have a good start on it. The birds are finches. I always feel blessed when a bird or a bunny chooses my house or yard to have their babies in.

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Here is my little sweet Sophie watching me. That’s it for now. As you can tell I love springtime. I hope you have some pretty plants growing where you live.

 

What’s Your Choice?

Red Poppies with watermark

Both these prints are available in my Etsy shop in a 7 X 7 size. Similar but yet different…Red Poppies vs Burgundy Poppies. Acrylic paint vs wallpaper. Crows but done with different papers. Green background vs yellow green background.

Burgundy Poppies with watermark

Stenciled paint vs stenciled molding paste. Both would be a nice addition to a wall arrangement. A nice pop of color for sure. Which do you like the best? Let me know and thanks for stopping!

New Print–Love

Red Heart with watermark

I just finished this vibrant painting. It is named “Love” and is done with mixed media. There are two quotes written in the flower: There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you have heard their story…Mary Lou Kownacki Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all…G.K. Chesterton. The mediums that I used are paper, acrylic paint, oil paintstiks, canvas, glaze pen, white ink, printer, rubberstamps and ribbon. This print is available in my Etsy shop: Etsy.com/Shop/HeresMyHart.

Serenity Painting

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As I think I recently mentioned that I had purchased this book because I was quite taken with her paintings. It is just a beautiful book that has so many elements in it. Fantastic flower images, great quotes, the basics of tools, elements, colors and inspiration. Then it also talks about yourself and creativity and nurturing this. It not only has inspiration from Carrie but other artists also. It can be found on Amazon of course, but I bought it from North Light Shop. I offers a lot of information for creative souls.

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I had purchased some more pastel acrylic colors by Liquitex recently and decided to put them to the canvas on this painting. Then I stenciled the sun with embossing paste tinted with paint.

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Here is is all finished and scanned in. What a difference scanning makes with the clarity and color! I also added my beloved poppies and purple asters. I didn’t want the word to take away from the flowers so I made it very quiet like the word but still getting the point across.

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My hollyhocks

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My moonbeam coreopsis

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and the balloon flower. I had so much fun with this painting!

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Newsy stuff….. I had submitted this painting “Happy Birds” to The Brave Girls Club because they are always calling for art with birds. This is for a daily feature sent out by email called “A little Bird Told Me”. Then they choose a feature that day. Mine was chosen for Wednesday and that was such a good feeling. I felt very honored! Have a fantastic weekend….and as always….Thanks for stopping.

Catmint

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Flights were coming in and out of the catmint area yesterday faster than I could focus the camera. I cropped 3 that we can see pretty well.

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This one is ruby throated. I could just sit and watch them all day!

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Can see the wings really well on this one.

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I have been working happily along sewing the leaves onto the tree. It is filling out.

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I received this succulent from my niece Wendy this weekend. I was just tickled to get it, had been considering picking some up. I love the tea can she planted it in and it fits perfectly on my windowsill.

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sketching out some wildflowers for small watercolors. Mr. Jack-in-the-pulpit.

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Pretty white trillium that should be blooming now in the forests. Going through pictures from this biology class has been a real treat. Thanks for stopping.