November 4, 2012

The Yellow House

Back in 1997 when I took my first college art class, my professor told me my drawing marks reminded her of Vincent Van Gogh.  I didn’t know the artist that well except for his painting of Starry Night.  I got a book of the letters he wrote to his brother Theo and read the whole thing for an art history class.  In 2001 I was able to see the painting at the MoMA on a trip to NYC with Di.  Many years have passed and my painting and drawing style have changed but Van Gogh’s yellow house in Arles was always on my mind.

After many years of saving, I was finally able to build my own little yellow house.  It’s out in the back yard, next the the prayer garden.  When I sit in my rocking chair, I can see the sun setting behind the gandures bushes in the evenings.  It’s such a relaxing place.

Of course if you like to create, don’t wait until you can have a studio.  Many times I have had to improvise and use a corner of a bedroom or the garage.  But do create a space of your own.  Decorate it with things that make you smile.  Make sure you take time to sit and relax in it everyday.  Make time to daydream…

October 6, 2012

Niza

Niza

 Little Niza taking a much deserved nap.  She keeps the grasshoppers under control in the garden.

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September 26, 2012

Spider Mama

Garden Spider 2

Mommy garden spider preparing her egg sack with food for her babies.  Right on time for Fall, she laid her eggs yesterday next to the compost pile and wrapped them in silk.  I’m glad I didn’t hesitate to take her picture.  Her fate is the same as Charlotte’s.

August 4, 2012

Chives

After several years living in my back yard, the chives decided to bloom this year…

Chive Flowers

What pretty little white flowers.  The bees and butterflies like them.  So does this spider…

Chive Spider

 

I’m not sure how long I will be able to share them with the garden insects.  It turns out the flowers are edible :) Yum!

July 13, 2012

Calm Before the Storm

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How come the sea looks so beautiful before a storm hits?

This is St Augustine Beach hours before Tropical Storm Beryl hit on the Memorial Day weekend.

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