Watercolor Leaves

My friend, Bridgett, who owns Cat’s Cradle Studio in Washington State has an art prompt every Friday. This week it was Negative Space. You do a piece of art based on Negative Space in painting/drawing/acrylics etc. I had an idea come to me this morning and this evening I worked on it. This was one of those few times that the end result was just what I had pictured in my mind. I just love how this turned out. This was done with Grumbacher Watercolors on smooth watercolor paper. I used the paper to be my brightest highlights.

leaves

Bags and Flowers and Birds, Oh My!

Thought I would show you my latest sewing adventure. I truly love the way these look. I plan to make a good many more. They’re faster to make than they look and I think they’re adorable. I just need a cute name for them. lol

drawstring pouch 1a drawstring pouch 1b drawstring pouch 1cback

 

Bag 2

drawstring pouch 2cback drawstring pouch 2b drawstring pouch 2a

 

Now for some flowers. These are, I think, yellow daisies although I can’t say for sure. They started cropping up a couple years ago. I love how bright and pretty they are, though.

one yellow daisy 2015 yellow daisies2015

And for the birds, these are a couple of little garden buddies we found and couldn’t resist. They make me smile every time I look at them.

garden buddies 2015

So there you have it. Hope some of these made you smile. Till next time!

 

 

Flowers! Flowers! Flowers!

I couldn’t resist. It was so nice outside and I just had to take more pics of the flowers blooming in my yard right now and show them to you! Be prepared, some of these will end up as painting attempts. lol

The first is Hall’s Honeysuckle. They are in full bloom on both sides of my yard and the air smells so wonderful I just close my eyes and breathe in when I’m outside. At night the smell wafts into my open window and there’s nothing like it. I adore the smell of honeysuckle. These are all mixed in with the Red Raspberry bushes you’ll get to see further down.

hall's honeysuckle 2015

This was a mystery plant that must have been a present from the birds. This is the first time I’ve ever seen this plant. I almost pulled it because it was so odd looking, but I’m glad I didn’t. It might very well be an invasive weed or something, but it sure is pretty. I’ll do further research on it before deciding. It turned out to be a Rough Fruited Cinquefoil. There are also Dwarf Cinquefoils, but the leaves and size of the flower differentiate this variety from that one.

Rough Fruited Cinquefoil

 

These are rhododendrons that I transplanted to the back yard 3 years ago. They were growing but very slowly and have not bloomed until this year. And what a show they are putting on. These are much lighter in color than the ones that are in the front yard. I love the color and the translucency of the petals. I didn’t touch this photo other than to crop it either. This really is the color they are. Pretty, eh?

upper rhododendrons 2015

 

I couldn’t resist not putting up two of these. Different clusters, same bush. These are mock orange blossoms. Usually they have a very strong, lovely smell, but for some reason my bush doesn’t. You can smell them up close, but its very light and delicate. I just love how pretty they are and how pristine a white they are.

mock orange blossoms1 mock orange blossoms2

 

Yesterday I showed you my double peonies. Wait till you see how big they got overnight. You can really see the ruffled petals. It’s hard to see because they are so dense, but deeeeep inside they are shot with hot pink stripes at the bottom of the some of the petals. I also wanted to give you a reference for just how big these suckers are so I put my hand next to the one on the right side. They almost remind me of the dinner plate dahlias. I love these flowers. They are such a looked for joy every year.

peonies6-19 peony size

 

Now, these are my heirloom red raspberries. Mixed in among them you can see the honeysuckle blooms. This first picture is from the back facing forward. Under all that is a wild fairy rose that will grow and bloom later in the summer and tons of mints and oregano from my failed herb garden. lol. Further down the wall are also yarrow plants. Anyway, these bushes are only 3 years old and started from just a couple small branches. They came from  a friend’s mother’s yard who had been a gardener all her life and had extensive gardens in the back yard that anyone could stop and wander around in just to see them. My friend died last year and her mom had to move out of her house because of her health, so these mean a lot to me. I couldn’t even begin to tell you the name of them, but they were in her backyard for many, many years and every year my friend would sell some of it when they were trimming it back. Mine were a gift and I value these a great deal. They are so overflowing with just starting berries that they droop practically to the ground. We’ll have millions of big, red raspberries. I can’t wait!

The second picture is the same pile but from the front looking back. I’ve never seen them get this huge and I think the very mild summer has been great for them. And ready for this??? I have more on the OTHER side of that part of the yard. LOL Yep time to invite friends down to pick some, too.

back side of raspberries front side of raspberries

So that’s part of my yard. My sour cherry tree is putting out cherries, but they won’t be ripe for some weeks yet. THIS year I got my butt in gear and got the tree netted before the birds get all my cherries. I didn’t get any last year. (mutters) Sour cherries have a VERY short time frame for picking and don’t put out fruit till the next year again so if you miss it, you’re tough out of luck.

I have what I think might be black raspberry bushes in my side garden. IF that’s what they are then they must be another present from the birds because I’ve never planted that. My huge weigula (sp?) is full of pink and white blossoms and I want to get some pics of them before they’re gone. I think they would be a lot of fun to try to paint. That bush came from my friend’s garden as well. I already told the hubby when we move I’m taking some of these WITH me. He’s been warned. LOL

So there you go. I hope you enjoyed wandering my yard with me a little bit. Who knows what I’ll get pics of next!