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Summer Solstice 2013

Friday, June 21st, 2013

shrooms

This mushroom was growing in my ancient crab apple tree. The large cap measured 7 inches across. Michael would have taken a spore print to identify the  specimen.

 

 

 

cranesbill j-blue

In the garden the pink Cranesbill Geranium and the Johnson’s Blue are in bloom. Also, but not pictured: clematis, elderberry bushes, peonies, columbine and more. The weeds and grasses are especially lush as a result of a cool wet Spring. The positive is the lovely feathery texture. The negative is how tenacious these volunteers are and how thirsty.

 

 

beau-maygracie-may

My helpers and walking companions: OBeauHobo on the left. He’s 4 1/2 now and a wonderful companion. Ms. Gracie is on the right, she is one year old now. She is a bouncy, happy pup and makes me laugh every day. They are both herding dogs and high energy so daily walks are essential. This is very good for me as well.

The river is still running high and muddy but every day we watch eagles, osprey, ducks, geese and songbirds. The wild roses and Russian Olives are blooming right now. Their fragrance compensates for the annoyance of the mosquitoes.

No photos from the studio work yet but I am, finally, at long last, back at work in the studio on a daily basis. Things seem to be going well. It will take me a while to get back into the swing of blogging and updating the website, but it is time and I am ready.

Most of the continent has been dealing with extreme weather this last while. We hear about what is going on in highly populated areas, but the disasters are widespread. Flooding, wild fires, heavy wind storms, tornadoes and we aren’t even into hurricane season yet.

Be safe! Be smart.

On this lovely Solstice, I send you warm wishes for renewal and growth.

seems like only yesterday

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Two more for ONE.

I made and donated five collages for this fundraiser. The auction will take place February 16, the day after my dear Michael’s birthday. This cause is becoming very personal for many of the artists, self included.

Here are the last two of my five images.

“little rooms: hidden”                                “little rooms: two lane highway”

For details and for a preview, please visit

http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/ONEFundraiserPreview.html

You can read Virginia’s interview with me at

http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/blog/archives/5943

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January  is winding down but it seems just a little while ago that it was a new month, the last post went up, plans were being made for so many things… what is there to say. I had good intentions but not as much discretionary time/energy as anticipated.

It has been cold and dismal and also very busy. Life is about to get busier yet. On Monday I head to Iowa for my annual workshop retreat. I am not packed but am very excited. It is a great core group. We’ve been working together for 4 or 5, perhaps 6 years, depending on where we start to count. This year the experimental focus will be on integrating acrylic mediums and gels with fiber and mixed media… fun stuff! The studio focus will be on what the participants are exploring. I can’t wait to see what has been happening this last while.

The Sketchbook Challenge is becoming an amazing experience! Are you participating?
My theme goes up February 1, along with random thoughts and suggestions. I do hope you will join us.

It does not seem right to sign off without giveing the  four leggeds their space.

Beau and Sam, last week on a morning walk, the river, the Apsaroka Range.