Tuesday, July 8, 2014


A shot of our home, garden and chicken coop. The rain has been good for the garden this year!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Chicken Coop

It's not quite finished, but here is a watercolor of our chicken coop.





 

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Rooster

Well, I wanted a rooster for my birthday. So my husband, David, went on Craig's list to find me one. Now I grew up on a farm and we had this rooster who was real mean. We called him the 'Left Winged Rooster.' If he was anywhere in sight we would not go outside because when he would see us, he would put his left wing to the ground and attack us. I know just how mean roosters can be.

David kept checking Craig's list and one day he showed me this beautiful rooster. He said he sounds like a real wimp, so we drove the 40 minutes and paid the $8 to get our rooster. As I questioned the lady we were buying him from I didn't feel quite so confident that he was such a wimp as she had advertised. She said he had spent the winter outdoors and slept in the rafters in the barn. Hmmmmm! Then she tried to catch him. She commented that this may be a challenge. Hmmmmmm! Against my better judgment, we took him home with us.

He didn't make much noise on the way home and wouldn't come out of the kennel when we got home, so I was thinking that this just might work out after all. David dumped him out of the kennel. My girls were already roosting for the night. He hopped around and went right to the coop door and hopped in. What a squawking ruckus! David and I ran around to the other door to see what was going on.  I opened the door and it was like a dust storm inside. He was attacking the chickens and even the duck. To say the least, he didn't last even 5 minutes in the coop! He went back to his original owner that evening. No more roosters! Or, so we thought...

Left Winged Rooster the Second
 
We did end up getting a rooster from some friends. He has worked out quite well. He's a real gentlemen. His name is Little Rootie. I will be painting some pictures of him. 




 

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Update

I have had a couple of very sick weeks this past month - don't know what the problem is yet, but have been plugging away at my grant. Here are a couple of photos of painting I am working on.


Broody
We have a couple of hens that would just love to have a brood of chicks. I may just have to get a rooster so they can.
 
 
 



Thursday, February 28, 2013

Update

Made an ad and a postcard to promote my grant project.

 


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bobbie and Esther

Here are a few more photos of some of the paintings I have been working on. It has been fun drawing and painting my chickens. They can be so quirky and fun. They are surviving the winter quite well. Not sure why those legs don't just freeze off!

Bobbie and Esther are finished.
 
Started working on a couple of group paintings. This one is of Henry, Esther, Silverbutt, Bobbie, Little Blue and Etta.
 
 
 
 
I am now working on a painting with an old Volkswagen Beetle I saw on a trip out to Colorado along with Flossy and Lydia.
 


We Had Fun!

Glacial Ridge Wine and Art Event
Here are a couple photos of our 2013 event. A few serious moments, but as you can see, mostly not!

Joanne

Gayle
 
Laurel
 
Kim, David and Paulette

 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Christmas Photos


Kim, Me and Marion a fun wreath making morning.

Anthony holding Nilla

Becca and her electric car starter.

David and Anthony
 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

December Work Update

In the month of December I have been working on my chicken series using mixed media techniques. It has been fun to play with tissue paper to create texture for feathers.

This is Indigo... She is the Queen of the coop. She is the first one out of the coop in the morning, the first in in the evening and always on the top perch. I'm not sure how she got to be the top dog so to speak cuz she doesn't seem pushy or have an attitude, but she is definitely the top.

 
 
Here is the painting of Esther and Bobbie. It is not finished. Need to add some texture and contrast, but am happy with it so far.
 
 
 
Now that Christmas and New Years are over and the Kaleidoscope gallery is closed until May, I will have more time to focus on finishing my chicken series.
 



Sunday, December 9, 2012

Snow Day

We woke up to eight inches of snow this morning!!!!! Yea!!!! There just has to be snow in heaven or I may just have to be sad there. I decided it was a good day to cozy up to the fire with a good book and stay in my jammies :) The winds are forcasted to pick up and become a blizzard in our area.




David went right out and started shoveling the chickens out, and the driveway, and paths around the house. Kind of reminded me of his dad.




I was thinking about helping him when he left in the Raider! So, I cozied back up by the fireplace. He must have been gone a half an hour. Thought maybe he got stuck or something, but no calls - as if I could do anything anyway. When he got home, he came in and asked me if I wanted to go for a drive...



Really? I'd love to!!! So off we went...blizzard a all.


It wasn't long before I realized it wasn't just a snow day, but a super testosterone kind of a day!!!! Every vehicle out was a truck or had a snow blade on it - and, all men :)



Here are some of the photos I took:





 

 




And, it wasn't until we got home that David got stuck :) :) :)