Friday, May 29, 2009

Oil Painting Class

I've been taking an oil painting class at the Fitchburg Art Museum with Alex Farquharson. I've used acrylics and watercolors but I've never really used oils before. It's a lot of fun and I'm learning a lot about color theory. Although I keep trying to hit the undo button! This is my first painting. I didn't think it turned out too bad. I'm not so sure about my second painting :)

Illustration Friday - Adapt

Seals and walruses are thought to be descended from a bear-like ancestor.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Baby Robins

Okay just one more spring photo. A pair of robins have made a nest in the shrub outside out front door. We didn't realize they were until just a few days ago. But I don't think the three chicks in the nest are very old. We've been trying to leave them alone but it's hard not to take a peek every once in a while. And today I couldn't resist snapping a photo this little guy enjoying a nap in the warm sun.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Official Start of Summer

I haven't been blogging much lately. Work has been crazy busy and then add to that all the spring gardening chores (I've got a pile of mulch the size of a VW Beetle in my driveway), the house work, baseball practices, ballet, cooking, grocery shopping, doctor appointments... Ugh!

But I did want to show just one pick. My tree peonies are blooming two weeks earlier than usual this year. Here is the first bloom of the season. I have lots of bushes in all different colors, but this candy striped one is my favorite. I like to cut the blossoms and bring them inside because they fade quickly in the hot sun. As you can see tree peony blossoms are larger then traditional peonies. I put a Sharpie next to the vase so you could have an idea of how big these puppies are. One flower can make a whole bouquet by itself.