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Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Favorite


Sometimes I think I would just like to have a few sketchbooks and pencils and just draw nature and I'd be as happy as doing anything else. There is so much to learn and see in nature to keep one's mind busy ...and challenged! This is a book I have that I still enjoy reading. When I see it, it reminds me that I should be drawing from nature everyday! What about you, do you have a favorite book that you could never part with?



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Butterflies Emerge!

When I returned from Wisconsin, I found that three of my butterflies had emerged from their chrysalises! I knew it would be close and I was hoping they would wait until I returned but alas, there they were and they were beautiful. Only one had a bit of damage to a wing, as you can see, but I released them and they flew off just as they should! One escapee was flying around the garage.  There are three more chrysalises but I have a feeling that they may wait until spring to emerge. I have to remember to keep an eye on them! ....or put them outside.
From caterpillar to butterfly - it really is a miracle.


 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillars

I found some little caterpillars on the fennel plant in the garden which was perfect because I was trying to attract them. I decided to bring them in and watch them grow. The birds are probably not happy about that :-(  Anyway, they're growing, as you can see! I hope to see them through their metamorphosis into butterflies. I'll happily release them when the time comes! 


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Floral Fantasy


I thought I'd try framing three gouache paintings in the one frame. I went to a local art store to have a mat cut out and had never seen their laser cutter. To have one of those! It was done in a flash.