I just finished this a few weeks ago, painted from a photo by Charlyn Ellis of her Pie Social last November (2014). You’d have to live under a rock to not know that today is “3/14/15”, (the beginning of the number PI), and after seeing all the bad pie/pi puns on social media, I just couldn’t resist posting a painting of PIES on PI DAY! The big one up front must be Boston Cream Pie… looks tempting.
This is another piece from the Call and Response show, perhaps my favorite this year, painted last spring (2014). I saw this broken but still beautiful branch on an ancient tree behind the homestead at Finley Wildlife Refuge, hanging on by a thread of bark and a bit of wood. The blossoms and bee are cutouts, made from watercolor, ink, and gel pen. The background is a collage of various papers and paints. The “float” frame makes it possible to position the cutouts into a 3-D setting.
I am amazed at how quickly spring is barreling in to the Willamette Valley right now… the honeybees seem to be having a hard time keeping up. So many flowers, so few bees. I noticed this morning that strawberries, blueberries, and pears are blooming in my front garden – WAY early!
The little Fuji apple tree is a bit behind because some butthead college kid tore off the best fruiting branch one night in the wee hours in January … grrr… I scrounged around in the garage and found an old can of pruning tar to seal the wound. (Tip: wet coffee grounds are very useful for scrubbing pruning tar off your hands and arms. Also nail polish remover.) Apparently they had a go at uprooting it as well, but with a little luck and a few bungee cords… I hope the tree lives. And, I hope he/they (yep, pretty sure it was males) woke up with MAJOR headaches.