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Hearts + Flowers

Fooling around with cheerful flowers for a handmade card for Mitchell. Doodling while watching British Mysteries… Grabbed some of my shellacked papers to play with, and a dip back into markers and pencils. SPRING IS COMING!!!!!! I swear. Even though … Continue reading

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Johnny Jump-ups

So cheery!  So life affirming — Happy little faces that pop up year after year. Edible, they are lovely tossed onto the top of a summer salad; Surprise! So many variations in color, from pale white with a tinge of … Continue reading

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Indian Paintbrush

California wildflowers are deeply connected to memories of my childhood. Until World Watercolor Month I had only a fleeting understanding of that, but the more I choose to paint California wildflowers, the more I am aware! Somehow, when you draw … Continue reading

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Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Hearts As of today this reminds me not only of family, but of this incredibly awful political season and the vitriol among people on the “same side.” I am told I am a bleedin’ heart liberal. I wear it … Continue reading

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Vetch is Not Good for Horses!

I had to paint vetch after the lupines: equal time for Pa after Mimi! After my memory jog in California Lupines, I kept wondering why Pa warned me not to feed the horses vetch whenever I visited the ranch. There … Continue reading

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California Lupines

Lupines are a wild California flower — hillsides in Southern California turn deep violet with hues of magenta-purple vetch running through them. Both remind me of my grandparents. My grandfather used to tell me not to feed the horses vetch. … Continue reading

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Sweetpeas

I was called Sweetpea by my brother growing up; I didn’t see a wild sweetpea until I moved to Oregon, and now they greet me in early summer and sometimes have a second blooming in autumn. I hear my brother … Continue reading

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