“To the dull mind nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.”
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
I’m very proud of my balcony garden…and for those of you who care, here is a mid-summer update of how things now stand (grow?)
My Dahlias seem very happy. In fact, I think there’s been a little hanky-panky going on. Although I planted orange and yellow flowers, the new blooms are emerging in this lovely salmon shade.
The New Guinea Impatiens are also thriving, and seem to love soaking up the afternoon sun.
And I’ve got tomatoes! At last count, 14 of ‘em! I didn’t look at the label when I purchased the plant so I don’t know what kind of tomatoes I actually have. (But I’m hoping they are cherry tomatoes so that we can eat them soon!)
My white geranium is still going strong…
And the Mandevilla plant embraced the railing and created an explosion of pink!
I’ve also got a few “lazy man’s” plants. A tiny cactus sits atop our patio table…
And the Aloe nearby gets bigger by the day.
Thriving plants = One Happy Gardener!
I’ve always been envious of artists whose work is so free, yet assured, that they can create their originals in pen.
Take for example, the work of famed illustrator Rene Gruau:
Being a risk-adverse type of person (not to mention that my initial attempts 3 years ago drawing with pen were beyond embarrassing – hello, Close Encounters of the Third Kind?), that kind of freedom has certainly eluded me. In fact, I wrote in yesterday’s post that I expected to get good at drawing with pen in maybe…
But the seed was planted again in my brain. Last night, just for fun, I took out my nice heavy-weight Borden & Riley Bristol Art papers (I have pads in 3 different weights) and doodled with my markers to see which weight was the best fit. And, perhaps just to prove to myself that I shouldn’t even try to draw in pen, I doodled this “fashionista”…
Yes, it looks like her right foot is on backwards and that she has a dust bunny for a pet, but the whole exercise was oddly encouraging. And today when I decided to continue the experiment, here’s what emerged…
Overnight success? Beginner’s luck? No. (And certainly not when you consider that I’ve been creating fashion-based illustrations for the past 3 years!)
Proof that hard work and goal-setting works?
I’ll let you be the judge on that one….
Lately, I’ve been working towards more freedom in my illustrations…with the secret hope that someday (in another 40 years?) I’ll be able to create the illustrations from the get-go in pen.
Yesterday when I was working on my “illustration du jour” I was just putting in the finishing touches when I went a little heavy-handed with one of my pens and – in my eyes – ruined the illustration. So I started again. The result is that I now have two illustrations that appear very similar, but are still quite different. Funny what the flick of a pen can do!
My husband surprised me with his preference; however, since I’m still on the fence over which one I prefer, I’d love to hear your feedback.
Do you prefer….
“The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.”