Art Happenings and Spring is Coming

We hadn’t had much snow until February four weeks ago and then there were three weeks of cold and snow. February gave a punch and then March came and……
Ta Daaaah….spring is coming!
The winds did blow during the storm that dropped 12 inches of snow. We had impressive drifts, ones we hadn’t had for a long while. If you look at the neighbors yard you can see a path that he makes with the snow blower. The have a small dog and he does it so the dog can piddle and run. How nice was that!
Now this is all that is left of that drift, fading away slowly each day. Good riddance, because now we have sprouts coming up. This is very exciting, I just love Spring!

Decided to use this large painting my friend commissioned to take an unprofessional picture of myself. Here I am, and I do love this fun painting.

There is much art happenings to report on. On my home page is my 2021 schedule, it is on the right side. I feel confident that the shows will be a go with the Covid 19 vaccine. I am happy that my husband and I have our first shot scheduled for March 12.

At the Opthalmology Consultants 10186 Dupont Circle, Fort Wayne, there are 12 pieces of my art hanging through the month of April, all always for purchase.

The Fort Wayne Artists Guild is having a members show at the Allen County Library. It is in the Jeffrey Krull Gallery Downtown Fort Wayne. I have two paintings there. It will be up through May 7, 2021. 58 artists are participating so there will be many different mediums to enjoy and purchase.

This last item is very exciting. At Jefferson Point Shopping, 4130 West Jefferson, the Fort Wayne Artists Guild has teamed up with the shopping center, Art Link and Fort Wayne Museum of Art to have an art gallery in one of the open store fronts. It is located across from Marshalls and will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 to 7. Each month there will be new fresh art to view and purchase and it will be open through August. Each artist will have five pieces and there will be cards and prints available along with other items that the artists offer.

And of course, all the health measures will be in place. Masks, distancing, and hand sanitizer.

I hope that you see a hint of spring at your house. I leave you with a few of my paintings that are hints of spring.

Pink Tulips – Mixed Media on canvas. Prints can be purchased here.
A very early watercolor work that is a good spring depiction.
Harpers Art – The pastels of spring. Prints can be found here.
Love Birds – prints can be found here.
And Then There Were Three – Prints can be found here.
Frida – prints can be found here.
Mom We’re HUNGRY – Prints can be purchased here.

Hanging in there-how bout you?

I have a hard time concentrating and find myself wanting to watch information on the television all the time. I try not to turn the tv on in the morning because I don’t get the things done that I need to. The projections are daunting and I pray that they don’t come true. My heart breaks, I know the hospital workers are so worn down and I wish that we all could help them. But the way we do it is not to get this damn invisible thing. Stay home, social distance, wash your hands.

Last night we were sitting on the porch and I could hear a neighbor family playing and the birds chirping. We watched a robin hop around in our front garden and amazingly listen for a worm, peck into the ground and come up with one. It was the first really nice night to sit out and it was like there was nothing horrible going on out in the world. A nice respite.

I am showing you my tiny daffodil spring bloom. They are so sweet.

I worry so much about my immediate family, all three have to leave the home every day because they are deemed essential. Mixed feelings, glad they have their jobs but afraid. I had to go out yesterday to the grocery and pharmacy. I took a towel and large clothes pins rt. I wrapped the towel around the handle clipped it and put the rest in the seat and put my purse on it, and it worked well. I had to buy a lot of groceries….what if we have to quarantine and not be able to go out, plus I really don’t want to go out anymore than I need so I bought enough that should hold us for at least three weeks steadily.
The people behind me, standing behind the designated line had a cart full too. Thank you for the grocery workers, the shelves were pretty well stocked. There was some toilet paper and especially milk this time too, our favorite 1 percent. Last time there was only 2 percent and although it is good stuff I don’t like to get used to that creaminess.
The grocery store had a fair amount of people in it, but not too many to handle. What I think is interesting, people don’t like to make eye contact. It’s like if you do then you might “get it”. I have a hard time with this because I smile at everyone. It doesn’t mean that you have open your mouth. It’s a camaraderie, but I also feel that people are just worried and are hurrying through to get this job done.

I also got gas, with my Kroger points I paid $1.10 per gallon, the world is certainly upside down. I have my Bath and Body works skin sanitizer that smells so good and used that often, along with the sanitizer out at the grocery store. I have a sore spilt on my finger due to dry hands from washing and the sanitizer.

These flowers I am showing are called windflowers or I understand they are a form of anemones. I planted them last year and don’t remember the white one. They will be really beautiful when they spread but are delightful now.
Now, to wear a mask or not wear a mask. I am not going out again until I get my masks made. I have to go get some blood drawn for a medication that I take and the best place I get it done is at the hospital and then I have to go back for the doctors appointment later this month. I am getting my sewing machine out today and whipping some up. There are some with pockets for extra filters to be inserted and I believe that’s the one I will make. I thought that coffee filters might be a useful thing for the disposable filter. We had bought the wrong size, too small and I thought that cutting a corner off would make it fit well in the pocket. It has a double layer but isn’t bulky.

This picture is from this week, one of my cheery porch pics that features my art and a quilt I have. Since social distancing this is my way to reach out to walkers and drivers that come by and also use my art since all my shows have been cancelled so far. If you seen anything that you like you can purchase it from my online store.

This mornings sunrise….Friday April 3rd, 2020. I just loved the reflection on the pond. This captured the best of both, sunrise and reflection.

So I am going to make potato soup, breads, maybe some cookies. Sloppy joes, Mexican casserole off the top of my head. I am pretty well stocked and I am thankful. I asked the check out gal if she sees lots of snacks being purchased as they go down her conveyer belt and she said yes. I feel you can’t go on vacation without snacks, and you can’t go through a pandemic without snacks.

My prediction, when life gets back to a new normal we all may be a few pounds heavier and there will be many new babies after the boom named Andrew in the New York area. I do enjoy watching his steady, calm, empathetic and forthright news conferences. I also don’t think I will be so choosy about toilet paper and tissues anymore.

Take advantage of the programs that have been offered, stay safe, practice all the guidelines and I am sorry if you have been closely affected by Covid 19 and have a loved one sick or worse. We are all in this together.

Spring Show

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Whenever I look at a bleeding heart I think of my grandmother. She had bought one of these plants for me me in another house which I left when we moved. I had to have another, in fact I have 3 others and think they are so beautiful. This one is right outside of my studio window so I can look at it all the time.

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These little johnny jump up are also right outside of the studio window. They are all over the place and this was my intention when I threw seeds down last year. Their little faces are so sweet!

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The Bradford Pears in the neighborhood are putting on a good show, it’s too bad they stink so much! I wonder why they were made that way?

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When we got this little tree it was just a stick. I planted it in a bucket then moved it to the ground only to have to move it again. This is the final place. I believe it is called a service berry and it seems to like the area, It has some flowers on it.

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I am thrilled to see these little tiny flowers on this redbud. I have had a heck of a time growing these trees. This one was moved to it’s final area also and though slow, is promising. These trees are so lovely when blooming, they look like lace.

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I was at Lowe’s the other day and came across this bird feeder and couldn’t pass it up. Is it not the cutest thing?? There has been a certain red-winged blackbird singing and eating everyday. I am glad to see they are enjoying it.

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The neighbors put up this great new birdhouse for the purple martins that are sure to show up again. Those little guys are so territorial you can feel the wind whoosh over your head when walking into the yard. They are great bug catchers. The neighbors always put out a really nice garden of which they share the bounty. Thanks for going on the spring walk with me, come back again!