Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Clown Car Arrives at Pink Gardens

Given to me just a few days ago, this newest part of my collection makes me smile so much! I love clowns and, of course, I love cars, so this vintage tin toy Clown Car is awesome! Expect to see him in some of my art really soon.

I turned 57 today, born in 1957. I guess it's a special year but I'm flat on my back with a sciatica flare up! 

One turns the clown's head to wind up the toy. Once you do, the car moves forward for about a foot, stops, backs up for about a foot, stops, and keeps on repeating. I love it.

The painted details are right up my alley with stripes, tiny squares and colors with a lot of patina.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day

My maternal grandfather's discharge from WW1. He enlisted in 1917 at the age of 29. Giving thanks to all of our veterans of the past, the present, and the future. This day is to honor all of you.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Spring's Rejuvenation Under Way!

This is a multi-petaled tulip. It's not a Parrot tulip but it's close. This was an afternoon sun, very strong, but within a half hour we had a quick thunderstorm and downpour. 

All three of the African violets I've planted together are blooming at the same time. I love the mix of colors. Combined, this planter is now more than 18-inches wide.

A loose arrangement of cut daffodils inside. The yellow variety in front has multiple petals and the barest suggestion of a "trumpet" in the center. The thinner ones in the back are more traditional but they're very tall and thin in the garden.

This Azalea in the yard is more than 8-feet tall. The pink ones are done now but the smaller dark red variety still has tight buds.

A grouping of Grape Hyacinths on my walk to town.

This little family of Canada geese hangs out by the small pond in town. There's a boardwalk at one end of it that's a shortcut to town for me. There are five little goslings.

This is a very nice perennial garden behind one of the town's historic house museums, the Deacon Grave's House. I'll take photos of this garden all summer. It's really one of the nicest ones in town.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Flowers in the Rain, Rain on the Lens

Narcissus looks down into his reflection in the water... 

Creeping Perriwinkle's lavender flowers tuck into the base of my castle-like decaying tree trunk.

Sunny Jonquil can't brighten the soggy afternoon at Pink Gardens,

Azaleas are as wet as the camera lens in this shot. I kept shooting, working around the rain-soaked camera lens.

Raindrop on lens softens the Azalea here, in full bloom just in time for the soaking rain. I think this may become one of my paintings/assemblages.

The elegant back of a Narcissus bloom.

Nice double daffodil points its heavy head to the ground during soaking.

The first few leaves of my white Trillium catching some rain.