Saturday, 22 October 2011


I bought an Acorn Squash and then picked out the two prettiest pears I could find--then put them on my Mom's (hand-crocheted) doilie and tried to sketch/watercolor them.
Took a couple pictures of our maples in our little woods behind us that get soooo-oo colorful in the Fall. I just had to include a snap of my Reiger Begonia (that I bought at Sam's Club early in the Spring for $9.99). It's still blooming thru all the cold and rain. My ceramic pumpkin complets the scene :-) It's a beautiful, sunny day today and I think it may be one of last good chances to photograph leaves still on the trees. Love this time of the year!!!

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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Fall Season Stuff

Took a trip to the Apple Barn today....just like we did last week.....only last week we had the Cider and donuts. This week I am printing them :-) Also more Fall Colors....the Locust Trees are all yellow and Burning bushes are all Red as is the Virginia Creeper winding up the trees and thru the other plants looking just beautiful. Lots of Bushy (white, tiny) Asters this year! And the Thistle is all dried now and brown looking. Just right for mixing in Fall bouquets! We had 40 to 50 mile gusts of wind yesterday and lots of leaves were dropped. This season is just too short!
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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Fall scenes at Kensington MetroPark

It was such a beautiful day today 77 degrees and sunny and everything just about at it's peak colorwise. We went out to our Kensington Metropark (about 20 minutes from our home) to just enjoy the Season. Of course, I had to sketch and paint--and took a few photos of things I knew wouldn't be around long. The Milkweed pods were all opened and spilling their fuzzy seeds. And there were 4 or 5 Cranes walking around (they migrate through here) and one walked right in front of me! This is not a close-up lens! They don't stand still long enough to sketch them--so I did the photo-thing.
I just love the Fall Wildflowers (?) We also stopped at Long's Apple Orchard and Barn on Commerce Rd. and had some Cider and Cinnamon-Apple doughnuts :-) Yum!
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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Journal watercolor Sketches

Looking through some of my recent Sketchbook Journals, I don't think I posted this one of Cutler's in Petoskey, Michigan. I was Up North for my Watercolor Journaling Class two days early, and we were riding through Downtown Petoskey very early on a Sunday Morning--and the Sun was just so bright on these beautiful yellow awnings, with all the purple Petunias just bursting out of the Planter-boxes--I said, "STOP! I need to draw a picture of that!" So we did, and I did--I watercolored it at home! Cutler's is a Kitchen Everything Store--If you can't find it there, it probably doesn't exist :-) The Store sits on a corner, and I'm not sure I quite captured that fact. (The entrance door is right on the corner behind the post.
At a later date--just recently, I saw this Teapot and Cup and sketched it in my new "AquaBee" Sketchbook with the fancy cover I put on it. It's only 4-1/2 x 6, and fits into my purse perfectly :-)
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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Roadside Flowers and Breakfast

We went out to Breakfast yesterday at one of our favorite places in our area (it was our 58th Wedding Anniversary :-) and we usually eat a very simple breakfast, but decided to have someone else fix it for us. Yum, it was sooo-oo good! They have murals on the walls here and I always like this Rooster--so gave him a watercolor "try."
As we travel along the roads and highways these days, there are such colorful "weeds" (fall wildflowers) that I love--and the above ones were all together in an area making a very colorful scene. The purple Wild Asters are so pretty! Anyway, here I am doing the roadside wildflowers again!
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