Archive for July, 2011

wip Angel

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

One more day of drying then some glazing will add dimension and pop

WIP Angel

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

this is the under painting~~

Fred Babb

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

While cleaning my studio this week I re-discovered my Fred Babb book and recall what good advice it gives. Much needed advice since I have not painted in over three weeks. that is really odd for me.

Fixer upper on a dreamy property

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

On the weekends the husband and I have been looking at properties, our next house is a fixer upper, LOL!

But seriously, this dilapidated mobile home sits on a piece of property I adore. we went back to see it a second time last week and I still think its my favorite of all the properties we have seen over the past six weeks or so. Someone has made an offer on it, we might make an offer on it too.

One of the things I love about the property is how natural it is with so many different plants. The pretty passion flower I posted earlier was growing up around that mobile home where there is a little gate that opens into a big area that must have once been a flower garden, (be still my heart). From the other side there is a nearly hidden little path that leads to the area I am referring to.
I love it so much.

There are several huge oak trees over a very shallow creek in a corner of the lot. There is a huge walnut tree, and a persimmon tree. I already showed you the artichoke plant. There is also two different apple trees, a lime tree, an orange tree, a lemon tree and a fig tree. Its heavenly to me although everything is completely over grown and covered with spider webs, ickkkk. This stalk is the blossom growing out of the blue agave in the front of the house.

We probably won’t be able to get this property but I can still love it.

I found this rock under one of the fruit trees, it appears to be a fish painted on it.

One of the other things I love is driving up to the property because you go through a tree lined path. Its so pretty. This is looking out to the street:

I can dream…

There is also a house on the property, which I do like but its the property itself and the shape of it that I love. I did post a few pics of the house in a previous post. one of the things I like about the house is the little court yard behind this big doors. The house is shaped in a U.

I do not like the kitchen or bathrooms. I do like the long hallway and tile floors.

Passiflora or the Passion Flower

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

I have written about the passion vine before there are several varieties, this one was growing on a property that I went to see yesterday and its intricate unreal looking beauty is always so bewilderingly perfect.

I learned a little interesting tid bits about the passion vine from Susan Ford Collins who writes about it in her flickr set. In fact she goes into great detail about many wonderful exotic plants, great photos and information.

The shape of the stamens is other-worldly! Purple, white and green spots cover these creature-like stamens. Yellow-green pollen hangs ready for attracted visiting bees.

The Jesuit priests who saw natives of the New World eating Passion fruit took it as a sign that they were hungry for Christianity. In the red species, the color symbolized the blood shed on the cross, the 5 stamens the wounds, the 3 styles the 3 nails, the vine tendrils the ropes and scourges, the 3 secondary leaf bracts the Holy Trinity.

In the blue/purple species, white symbolized the purity and blue, the heaven above. The flower is usually open for 3 days representing the 3 years of Christ’s ministry on Earth.

And this woman uses the passion vine to her advantage

Purple Passion, Passiflora, Passiflora violacea


Saturday, July 16th, 2011

I do adore the artichoke plant.

I grew some tomatoes

Friday, July 8th, 2011

The cute stand comes from a shop in Calabasas called “Little Blue”, right next to the Kardashian shop called “Dash”

Momma Dove

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

and her precarious egg off to the side

Flights of fancy

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

For an exhibit coming soon at the Folk Tree in Pasadena

Morning Glory

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

The morning glory is positively glowing this morning!