Thursday, September 22, 2016

What's Bugging Me Lately

This lovely lady resides next to my Camelia bush.
Thank you for allowing me some time to work on show preparations. I now have all my ducks in a row and would like to catch you up on what I've been up to. Shows of course, but I can't paint all the time. I have begun taking a few hours in the evening to pursue one of my other interests, sewing.

As you know by now, I love working in all kinds of mediums so when I acquired a large batch of vintage men's neckties, my brain started whirring. Right now I am concentrating on insects since I have a solo show at the state aquarium booked for Spring 2017. So I thought I could also "tie" in, (get it?) my love of insects with these ties.

I have always liked to wear a cool men's necktie as a scarf or looped around my neck. And now with insects, I'm hoping they'll appeal to both men and women. To see more, visit:

Friday, September 9, 2016

Show Season

Show Season is in full swing for me, and this year I've booked twice as many shows, many of them back to back. So I hope you'll excuse me if I take a break from blogging. But please follow me on my Facebook page. I'll post shorter versions of what you have found here until I get through the next few shows.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Apres Storm

In the midst of preparing for a big show, the storm hit. Besides branches down and shingles lost, I now have a roof leak around the chimney ... sigh.

But as usual, the days after a big storm are incredibly beautiful, so I took yesterday to get outside and clean up the yard from the storm debris. My poor trumpet vine has been stripped of most of its leaves, and the cherry tree on the hill lost another of its big limbs.

I thought since I was enjoying the day so much it was the perfect time to clean out the birdhouses too. Soon enough, the birds will want to use them for shelter from the fall winds, rain and cold.

Here's pics of two of my favorite nests from the houses. The other birdhouses had wren nests; all sticks and mess that easily fall apart.

I ended the magnificent day with coffee under the pergola at twilight and sleeping with all the windows open.

Friday, September 2, 2016

It's Coming

He blends in with his webbing. Can you find him?

So we're in for a bit of nasty weather this weekend. I hope all my creatures at The Crooked Little House stay safe. Here's pics of my current obsession: insects. This funnel spider lives in the trumpet vine, the garden spider lives near my Camelia bush and this small barn (?) spider spends his days under the pergola wrapping up his dinners.

Her boyfriend dangles overhead; brave spider!

Breakfast, lunch or dinner.

And here is one of my favorite residents, my glass lizard. They are called that because when handled they can drop their tails like "shattered glass" leaving parts to wriggle and distract their predator while they escape. They then regrow the tail. Even though he's a legless lizard, you can tell he's not a snake by looking at his lidded eye. Beautiful creatures!