I find a lot of my inspiration in the outdoors, while I'm out hiking or gardening. My pool of inspirational art ideas usually runs dry around January. The temperature is 1 degree right now. For about thirty seconds, a ray of sunshine came through the trees and gave my window sill garden a little boost. I'm waiting patiently (sort of) for spring.
About this time last year, I was excited to hear from author Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews. She was interested in putting a painting of mine on the cover of her book of poetry. Now, the book is published and available on Amazon (among other places)! It's an exciting feeling to hold the book in my hands, and I've loved reading her poetry so far. Many of the poems remind me of my own family memories, and my love of time outdoors and gardening. I enjoyed working with Josie. Be sure to find her book!
I am so excited to have surpassed 1,000 sales on Etsy. It's humbling to know my designs are in 1,000 spots around the country and world! I love my work, enjoy the process, and love knowing that my canning jar sketches, bird illustrations, calendars, planners, paintings, and even fiber arts have brightened your days. Thank you, thank you for your encouragement and support. To celebrate this bench mark, I'm giving away $25 in product from my Etsy shop. Enter through my Rafflecopter giveaway (starting at midnight on 9/30/15) and I'll let you know if you've won! You can enter through October 6, and a winner will be notified shortly after the conclusion of the giveaway.
In the back of our crazy Colorado yard is an overgrown garden with a rickety old fence that's falling down. We call it our secret garden because it holds so many funny secrets. Mostly we find treasures and a couple of oddities. I've found some beautiful large terra cotta planters. We have some crazy old benches that no one is brave enough to sit on. Someone started building a fountain and the parts and pieces are scattered around. We built a fire pit out of the flagstone and rocks, surrounding it with log seats.
Today, I harvested some mint. It looks like a good bunch, too. Maybe chocolate mint? Very fragrant. Thanks, secret garden! I can't wait to get it propagated and filling up a few flower pots close to the house. We use it to keep away mosquito (or at least we did in Wisconsin, not so many of those in Colorado.) It also makes for some really yummy mint lemonade.