Sunday, April 29, 2012

Yellow Mushroom Trio

Where do mushrooms come from?

Nobody plants them .  They don't seem to come back to the same spots each year.  They don't really last that long.  They just sort of appear; then they disappear.

There had been a lot of rain - actually a flood - during the season before our stay at Lake Ouachita. The ground was damp, and the air was muggy. But we made a fun discovery caused by these conditions. There were mushrooms everywhere in the woods by the lake.


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spring Monarch

How many monarchs have you seen this spring?

I've seen several.  That makes me happy because I've heard that their populations are diminishing rapidly.  They need those weeds that we're all so quick to mow down.  So, next time you think it's time to get the weed eater out for the edges of your lawn, don't !  "I'm saving butterflies!" sounds like a great excuse not to do that chore!

As I was painting this little monarch, I couldn't help but be reminded of an old church stained glass window - sun gleaming off those sections of color between the black outlines.  Beautiful!

A big thanks to Nicole for capturing this image.  I'm glad you didn't weed eat down your joe-pye weeds so that this butterfly would have a reason to stop by your farm!

Enjoy this piece in an Etsy treasury (collection of related vintage items and art pieces) celebrating Nature-themed Artwork. 

If you'd like to purchase this little painting, click Spring Monarch.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cardinal on a Cedar Branch

Do birds have facial expressions?

I wouldn't think so... 
They don't have lips so they can't smile or frown.  They don't have eyebrows so they can't scowl.
Why does this little cardinal look so angry?

After painting three other cardinals, this guy came together pretty fast, but he looks so mad!  

I bought two bird feeders just so I could lure him (an his friends) to within camera range.  It worked.  They love the birdseed; however, they can tell when I get the camera out.  I think they're actually angry when they hear the click.  

Hmmmm... maybe the picture is right!


Saturday, April 7, 2012


Happy Easter!

He is risen!
He is risen indeed!

I painted this from a lovely image provided by Paint and Draw Together.  It's always fun to see the varied interpretations from the artists.  Each painting is exactly the same, yet completely different.

To purchase this little painting, click Tulip.