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Robin's Eggs in Bird Nest

Robin’s Eggs in Bird Nest

Today we are introducing a new feature – eBay auction for some original paintings.  From time to time we will list art on eBay and it starts with today’s painting of this little Robin’s Egg Bird Nest.  It’s an acrylic on 6″x6″ gallery wrap canvas.  If we get this right you can click on this link or on the photo and go to eBay to bid (or buy) this original work of art.  And thanks for looking!

Gretchen, Janice, Kay and Mike with their paintings

Gretchen, Janice, Kay and Mike with their paintings

I teach three adult painting classes each week… Wednesday at 10:30 am or 5:30 pm and Thursday at 5:30.  Each student paints whatever subject matter interests them and I help them individually.  That way they get to paint something that they want not just what I choose for them.  It also allows each person to develop their own style.

I love seeing what each students chooses.  Yesterday both of the Wednesday classes had several people who completed paintings.  Here are four of the Wednesday mornings painters with their finished work.  Great job everyone!!!

GreenhouseHere is a little painting that I did last week.  The Greenhouse is an acrylic on canvas measuring 8″x10″.

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I enjoyed a lovely morning at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center painting that view.  I have painted it several times but it’s always a thrill to be there painting outdoors.

Hot Tub Garden Layout

Hot Tub Garden Layout

I can’t believe all the interest in my “Hot Tub Garden”.  The question I got the most was about what I planted so here is the layout and the plants.  I will keep posting photos as it grows to show the progress.

Gravel in bottom with some overturned buckets to fill space without all the weight

Gravel in bottom with some overturned buckets to fill space without all the weight

Gravel finished

Gravel finished

Fill dirt

Fill dirt

Garden soil and compost

Garden soil and compost

Planted

Planted

I haven’t planted a garden in years.  I think the last time I tried I ran into two problems:  1) red clay in my yard, and 2) a basset hound that like to dig.  But this year I decided to try again but this time I planted a raised garden.

For years I enjoyed a hot tub on my deck but over the last three or four years I never used it.  I tried many times to give it away to someone who would enjoy it but no takers and since it is soooo BIG and difficult to move I have “repurposed” it into my raised garden bed.

First Allen drilled a couple of holes in the bottom for drainage.  Then I layered gravel.  Next some fill dirt, followed by garden soil.  Then my plants.  Since I have never tried gardening in a small space I am not sure what to expect.  I planted several tomatoes, yellow squash and zucchini and several sweet peppers along with basil.  In the middle where it will be  harder to reach I threw in some zinnia seeds.

Can’t wait now to see what happens.

Peony 2

Peony 2

Here’s another peony.  They are still blooming.  :-)