When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"...the painting has a life of its own. My mission is to bring forth this life". (Jackson Pollock)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

Archive for August, 2007

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Friday, August 31st, 2007

         Beauty – the moon, the sun, and a routine of daily painting!

         Morning Moon    This morning’s sun

Peace by our back door

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

        Dove Nesting in the wreath by the back door

This is the second time around for doves nesting in the wreath by our back door. I’m sure it’s the same pair who devotedly cared for two eggs, taking turns in shifts as they are now. The chick in the second thumbnail is from the first brood hatched in May. It mysteriously disappeared after two days and the other egg didn’t hatch. There was no trace of that chick anywhere..no body, bones, feathers..nothing. It was not old enough to fend for itself – could the parents have eaten it I wonder? 

Dove eggs in MayThe first chickDove in the wreathNesting Mom and new chick

Dove chick growing and becoming more vocalNest getting crowdedYou can't see me because I'm staring at the wall.Dove and 6 day old chick

Maybe there was something wrong with it, or the parents were first-timers. The lizards and salamanders around here are too small to eat a meal that size, and other birds would not have been brave enough to come so near to the door I don’t think.  Nature takes care of itself though, so no tears. Hopefully these ones will survive and we can watch them mature.

Sept. 3rd: One of the chicks hatched! There were about six Starlings on the roof overlooking the evestrough, which is not usual for them – at our house anyway- so I’m thinking maybe they are interested in robbing the chick from it’s nest. Maybe they  were the egg-robbers from the first nest. Sept. 4th update: The chick appears to be so much larger today, and it’s the first time I’ve seen it so exposed. It seems so vulnerable on that small flimsy nest.  Sept. 5th: The chick has been left on its own a lot in the past 24 hours, also becoming quite vocal.  The other egg is unlikely to hatch.  Sept.9th: The nest is overcrowded. The chick ruffled its feathers and snapped its tiny beak at me when I took these photos – the instincts are strong – how sweet is that?!

               The chick Sept. 7th - about a week old Sept.9th - ruffling feathers and snapping it’s tiny beak at me!  

Sept. 11th: When the parent sitting on the chick is up in the air above the nest, it’s time for little chicky to leave! That’s what I thought the day before the chick flew away, and sure enough it was time.   It’s so funny when the parent sits on top of the chick trying to hide it – there is hardly enough room for two in the nest, and she/he is not fooling anybody!

                   No room left in the nest

Sept. 12th: Fortunately I walked out just in time to see the chick fly from the ground to the fence nearby. There it remained for about 90 minutes then it was gone. That night I wondered where it would be sleeping, and if it was truly on its’ own now without parents, how it would survive. Less than a month before it was not even in the form of an egg!! Sept 13th: didn’t expect to see it again, but while sitting outside at dusk, there they were, the mom (or dad) and chick. It was so pleasing to see them sitting on the fence together. Sept16th: I still see the little one come into the yard, much bigger now. It is smaller than an adult, and I’m sure that must be the same chick.

                      Chick, first flight Chick, first flight Dove Chick and Parent

Crepe Myrtle

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Crepe Myrtle

7 a.m. and the spider webs on the Crepe Myrtle caught my eye.

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Rude Awakening

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

         Rude Awakening (#6 of the series) Edmonton, Alberta


Three quaint old apartment buildings on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton were demolished to make way for a large condominium complex — a shame, considering all the new windows that were just replaced a few years ago. To remove them beforehand would not be financially viable for the new builder. (more…)

City Mountains

Monday, August 27th, 2007

         “City Mountains”, Irving Texas

Mountains of houses as far as the eye can see — Irving, Texas. There’s a hill in Irving that looks down onto the metroplex where you can see miles of grey-black rooftops. With power poles and signs in the way, photos are not quite capturing what I wanted, and the way it really looks, but here’s an attempt…this one is cropped.

Moonlight at Sunset

Friday, August 24th, 2007

         Moonlight at Sunset

         ~ the sky at sunset last night ~

Sun Shower #3

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

         Sun Shower #3

When I water the flowers in the front yard usually the Oak tree gets a shower too. There were a number of impressive photos from this session, but the clump of leaves in shadow contrasting with the bright sunbeams in spray brings this photo a little above the rest…

Sun Shower #3 Accepted into Studio 2600’s Holiday Light and Sparkle Exhibition at 2600 Hibernia, Dallas TX November 2007 through Jan. 2nd, 2008.

Summer Storms

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

        Evening storm - Stony Plain, Alberta

Evening storm clouds accumulating at about 5:30 p.pm. – mid July,  Stony Plain, Alberta

        Sky Falling, Airdrie, Alberta (July)

Sky falling ~ Airdrie Alberta, July 2007


“Trainstorm” ~ Montana in July

Garden Toad

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

        Garden Toad

I was gardening today, and saw the brown-grey soil shape itself into a toad…it was like one of those “magic eye” pictures. This little toad has excellent camouflage!

A lot of travel this year, and now company arrives tomorrow…too much hopping around means no painting! Photos will be the convenient Art of choice for the next ten days.

So how was your Flight?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

         So how was your flight?

Flying is not the thrill it used to be, and not necessarily because of unpredictable weather. I would much rather drive anywhere than fly. Crossing the border into the U.S. at Calgary, had Customs Officers allowed me to keep my dangerous tube of toothpaste, it could have been more intimidating to passengers than the bleach-pen.

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