A pink and orange combo always captures my attention with its playful energy.
Another month ending - week 4 of my August Concertina Sketchbook
"Breathe the sweetness that hovers in August."
~ Denise Levertov
The finished 4 panels
End of the month collages using leftover scraps
Pink and orange are a great color combo in the garden too. The photo on the left is from Harkness Memorial State Park. I took a walk there this week and the cutting garden was amazing. They change it up a little each year with different color and plant combinations but it is always lovely. The other two photos are of my garden. A light pink cosmos and a cactus zinnia mixing with orange cosmos.
You can read more about these monthly concertina sketchbooks and how they got started here.
Have you been enjoying all the May flowers?
I sure have. Even though I see the changes of color in my garden every year I still get surprised by how each color seems to have its own time to stand out. Early spring always starts with a flood of sunny yellow from the daffodils and forsythia. Summer moves into the hot and bright oranges.
I’ve been outside doing a little weeding and prepping so I can plant my veggies this week. As I walked around, I saw pops of white everywhere. White flowers are certainly taking center stage in my garden right now.
I saw my first hummingbird of the year along with a butterfly and a bunch of bees enjoying the blossoms on this white azalea. I look forward to this shrub blooming each year. The flowers have a special glow, especially towards the end of the day.
Mrs. Bateman Clematis
are the dreams of winter."
- Khalil Gibran
you're enjoying all the new growth and beauty the season has to offer.
I don't know what flower signals the arrival of spring more than the daffodil.
They bring such joy to my garden each year with their bright, cheerful blooms.
I'm enjoying them even more than usual this year.
If I'm inside I find myself stopping at the windows and pausing for a moment to admire their beauty.
When I go for walks in the neighborhood I enjoy seeing so many different varieties.
I knew there were many but Google just told me that there are over 26,000 varieties of daffodils!
"In the world of safe hues, like black, red, and white,
yellow shouts: Look at me. I'm happy!"
- Joy Sewing
Ahhhh, spring is here!
It's so nice to see some green sprouting and to feel the sun's warmth getting more intense.
Another seed catalog came in the mail so I definitely have to make up my mind about what seeds to get and place my order before they sell out. I'll admit the catalogs are more for dreaming about all the things I'd like to plant before it's actually warm enough to get outside. I get most of my seeds from local stores but I will order seeds for those unusual heirloom varieties that aren't popular commercial sellers.
Each year I like to plant at least one thing in my garden that I've never grown before. Last year it was Escamillo peppers, a mild yellow variety that was delicious. The year before it was ground tomatoes. I didn't care for them but that's okay because the chipmunks were more than happy to come by each morning and help themselves. This year my new to me plant will be the herb Angelica archangelica.
In between planning new workshops and making books I've been busy rearranging furniture in my studio trying to find a more comfortable, less awkward arrangement. The studio is 129 square feet and has 2 large windows, 2 doors, and a slanted ceiling over three-quarters of the space so there are not a lot of options when it comes to furniture arrangement. Surprisingly though just moving 3 things; my comfy reading chair, a small cabinet, and a new work table (that has 2 drawers!) has made a huge difference. It has that nice open feeling I was hoping for. Now that I'm pretty sure I know where I want everything to be it's time to go get the paint! I'm not sure how often I'll have access to my comfy chair anymore though as it didn't take long for Miss Belle to notice that it's perfectly positioned to take advantage of the morning sunlight.
"It's exciting to see things coming up again,
plants that you've had twenty or thirty years.
It's like seeing an old friend."
~ Tasha Tudor
There were so many beautiful days in October and November is starting off the same way. This year we are having a longer than usual growing season. The average date for the first frost in my part of coastal Connecticut is between October 11th and October 20th. It's now the second week of November and we've had a couple of very light frosty mornings but no hard frost that makes the tender annuals and perennials say their last goodbye.
One of the first plants to go when just the slightest frost hits is the sensitive fern and that's exactly why it's named as it is. The green turns to a pale golden yellow with an edging of brown. I like how the fading plant resembles the print I got when using one to make an eco-print.
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"Feathered Friends" from my collection of sketchbook collages will be on display at The Red House Cultural Arts Center in Salem, CT. "
The exhibit "For the Love of Animals" features works of art inspired by the beauty and diversity of the world of animals. If you're local, I hope you can stop by.
Saturday, November 13th
from 5-8 pm.
The exhibit will be up through March 20, 2022.
“If a year was tucked inside of a clock,
then autumn would be the magic hour."
Hi, I'm Kathy an artist working in the mediums of collage and eco-printing. I'm also a rust enthusiast who loves to teach. I enjoy sharing my processes and guiding you along on your creative journey.
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