Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hal- the tomato plant

So, for Mother's Day, we visited my mom and went to church with her in Pocatello. That ward has a tradition of giving the mothers potted plants or flowers or something like that. The little Young Women girls handed one to me by mistake. I said, "Oh, I'm not a mother" and tried to hand it back. The adviser, who was standing in the vicinity, said to give me one because some day I might be a mother. Well, I was very excited- I've always wanted a bit of earth to start a tiny garden, but I never have lived anywhere I could. I brought Hal home to Salt Lake. He was maybe five inches tall or so. I potted him in a larger, roomier pot because I was anticipating that he'd grow to be a big boy! And, he surely has grown! He now stands- well, lays rather- probably 36 inches, I would say and just loves his bit of backyard patio to occupy.



Hal became so big that he was going all over the ground. I was sore afraid that he would get run over by the lawn mower-ist, so I needed to prop him up. He's sporting a fashionable yellow bowtie. We'll just overlook the pink because he's a man. Now that I look at these pictures- I think he's taller than 3 feet.


And here are his fruits! He's got some beautiful yellow flowers and some (three to be exact) pre-tomato tomatoes! I love Hal!


Friday, July 18, 2008

Midnight masterpiece....

Okay, the title of this post is a little deceiving because I would, in no way, call this really a masterpiece. But it was started at midnight, so I needed something to push the alliteration, right Mister whatever your name was?! (Literature professor at ISU who LOVED alliteration) Here's another little birdie. This one's called a chestnut breasted coronet. And now I wish I could sleep!

Chestnut breasted coronet
Oil on board

Monday, July 14, 2008

Blue Fairy and Barbie

Mike went to Oregon on business today and I am hating it! He's only been gone for today and has to be gone until Friday. I might go crazy here by myself. Well, I've been lonely tonight, so I created a little guy to keep me company. As I said in my last post, I like the idea of birds right now. This one is called a Blue Fairy Wren and he is obviously hanging out on a barbed wire fence. Thus, Blue Fairy and Barbie...

Oil on board

Friday, July 11, 2008


I just completed another painting, trying out new styles and techniques. I quite like this little guy. I could not decide what to paint tonight and Mike said, bird. I don't think he really cared what I painted, I think that was just the first thing that came to mind. Well, I liked the idea so much I might do a whole bird series. There are some really fascinating birds out there...

Green Bird
Oil on board


Here's one I did last night and finished up this morning. I don't know if it's done yet. It's obviously more photo realistic than I generally like to do. Here's the story on the picture: My niece, Saige, was playing with my camera phone while I was playing with my mom's guitar. She snapped this picture and I really like the composition. I know it was an accident because she was just two at the time, but, nice work Saigey girl! Anyhow, what do you think of this piece?

7 1/2X5 1/2
Oil on board

And, here's the little photographess! I love my nieces!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Arches and Doggies

I had Friday (4th of July), Saturday, Sunday, and Monday off work so my husband and I went for a kind of final hoorah up to Idaho before moving to Portland next month. Amongst the biking, river tubing, the hiking and geo-caching, the birthday party, the movie viewing with family, and the getting horribly sunburned I was able to get some painting done, too. The first one is a HUGE painting that I did for my parents. They are adding on and remodeling their house and wanted something Tuscan feeling for their new dining room. This is what I came up with based on some photos I found online. I wish I could have gone to take the photos myself, but that's a bit out of the question.

The next paintings are more of the small dog portraits I've been doing lately. I actually got photos of these before giving them away. By the way, if you are interested in having your dog, or other pet, photo made into a lovely painting, let me know.

Oil on canvas