Thursday, August 29, 2013

September Project - 30 days of painting

So for me this is a pretty grand endeavor.  For the month of September I am going to attempt a painting a day.  I have joined up with a artist on her blog along with over 200 other artists
The kids are starting school on on the 3rd, which leaves a lot of unknowns especially for Olivia as we are not sure how long of a day she can do.  The month starts on Sunday and I won't even be in town.  I am running the Dirty Dash this month, which is a 5k (by the way I did not prepare at all), I am starting to get a little scared.  I also have an all day bible convention towards the end of the month.  Also a number of events in between, including a benefit dinner that I am making a donation for.  In between everything hubby and I are trying to go out of town for a night or two to make up for our Anniversary in July that we were too busy to celebrate.
Needless to say this is good and bad timing.  I am trying not to get stressed because that is not the idea.  I am hoping some of the good will be forced daily painting time.  Painting is a good stress relief from daily life and I tend to get so busy with getting through the day I don't make time to paint.  Also the daily engaging in painting is such great practice to make me a better painter.
So hopefully starting on the 1st you will see a daily painting here from me.  Probably with a little blurb as I tend to be wordy.  I hope you will enjoy.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Watching my garden grow

I love seeing things grow. I had some flowers that did really good this year. 
The colorful sweet peas that smell heavenly were spring seeds. 
The gorgeous mini purple clematis was a fall planting and did better than I ever dreamed. 
My wild perrineal sweet peas did amazing and are still blooming. They are the  pink you see by the hollyhocks and sunflowers at the edge of the deck. I learned something about them this year. They will grow as high as you have them trellised and will continue to bloom all the way up. So the taller they are the longer the blooming time. 
The hollyhocks are along the side of the house with my garden. This is a much more contained year, if you have ever grown them you know they will take over. This photo was taken before a big wind. They have now since been pruned back. I do though love the height.
 Lastly is a beautiful rose that is on a arbor over my front walk. 
All summer I have fought the deer to keep my pretty blooms. The sweet peas and roses seem to be a highlight for them. 
I have been able to squeeze in 2 sessions of plein air painting in my garden. I hope to do quite a few though in September. If I do I will post them here.