June 23, 2016




"Keep a green tree in your heart,
and perhaps a singing bird will come."


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is now available in my shop!




June 21, 2016


I've been spotting
electric blue dragonflies/damselflies
in the garden lately,
and as soon as I saw them
I knew I'd have to find a way
to work them into a painting.

Paired with cheerful nasturtiums,
a bold lupine or two,
and some delicate rose geranium,
I think these garden visitors
are happy with their illustrated habitat.


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now in my shop!



June 13, 2016



A wayside bouquet
seen on one of my walks
growing ecstatic and wild
and buzzing audibly with bumblebees.


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is now available in my shop!



June 1, 2016


A strong and bold lady Flicker,
looking out from her bower
of wild roses and blackberry blossoms.
She is a wildwood queen.


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as a print in my shop!




May 24, 2016



This painting was inspired
by the family of juncos
that have taken up residence
in the fuchsia basket
on our front porch.

When I first sketched the drawing
for this piece,
the two birds had scraps of grass and fluff
in their beaks,
caught in the middle
of building their new home,
and the nest was empty.
I struggled with the painting--
it just wasn't coming together--
so I set it aside for a few days,
unsure if it was worth finishing.
By the time I returned to it
I had discovered
the dearest,
most heartbreakingly tender
little clutch of eggs
in the real-life nest
on our porch,
and I knew what I needed to do
to complete the piece.


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of this painting in my shop!




May 18, 2016


We were given a bird box
as a housewarming gift last year,
and now this Spring
a couple of chickadees
have taken up residence in it!
I peeked in
and saw a nest
a little while ago,
so now I am
(trying to)
wait patiently
to see if baby birds
join the garden party.


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as a print in my shop!




May 12, 2016



"'There's some big clumps o' columbine in th' garden.
They'll look like a bed o' blue an' white butterflies flutterin' when they're out.'"
-The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett


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is now available in my shop!



May 10, 2016



It's May now,
and sunlight lingers
gloriously late into the evening.
I have been taking walks at dusk
to avoid the heat of the afternoon
and enjoy the blue twilight
in the woods by my home.
Darting rabbits seem to like this time of day too,
and they have kept me company
on enough walks lately
that I decided it was time,
again,
to turn one into a painting.


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is now available in my shop!



May 4, 2016



I was recently inspired to paint
one of the dearest little nooks in my garden.
Though I haven't found any real nests there,
my paintbrush can stretch the truth a little...


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April 28, 2016


A swirling mix
of land & sea--
trillium and seaweed,
salmonberry and mussels,
driftwood, barnacles, rocks polished smooth by the ocean,
Springtime sightings of wild strawberry and lily of the valley--
inspired again
by my time on the Olympic Peninsula.

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April 27, 2016



Some fairy flowers
in the magical evening light.
How could I resist?

----

Bird Song - The Wailin' Jennys



April 26, 2016


I recently spent a few days
on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula,
and look who followed me home!

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is now available in my shop.



April 20, 2016



Laying bark
and pulling weeds
on my hands and knees,
gritty with dirt and sweat,
I looked up,
and this was my view.
Above my own toil
soared boats of magnolia petals
and stars of sweet-smelling Osmanthus.
I laughed with delight
at the surprise and beauty of it,
and realized
that I felt beautiful too--
hair in my face
and earth on my cheeks,
but strong,
and working hard,
and full of love,
for the living things around me.



April 15, 2016



The view
out the front of the house,
and the view
out the back.

--

Come Outside - The Melodic



April 13, 2016



Our blooming cherry trees!

We never really get any cherries--
the trees are small,
and the birds take any fruit before we do
(we've never bothered to fight them)--
but I don't mind at all
when we are treated
to blossoms like these,
illumined
by the early evening sun.



April 5, 2016



Is anyone else
excited for tulip season?!
I couldn't resist interpreting
a fading bouquet
on our kitchen table
into this swirl
of feathers and blooms...


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is now available in my shop!