While I was gone…

Not a great deal of artwork was accomplished over the last week or so because I was away for the weekend attending our son’s MBA graduation and for Mother’s Day. We had a lot of fun in a family affair and I was able to take lots of architectural photos. He lives in an historic district which is made up of many lovely homes in a vast array of styles. Because there were so many in a relatively small area, I concentrated on the Tudor ones. I really love the steeply angled roof lines and the combinations of wood and stucco, and brick and stonework. You will undoubtedly see them appear in the entryway series and maybe some sets of windows. The mixes in the neighborhoods were quite eclectic, from Spanish influence to contemporary, but I really like the Tudors. Some were very large and spread out and some were more compact cottage style.  The weather was quite beautiful so we walked for an hour and I took pictures until the camera battery died.

My beautiful bearded irises

And while I was gone, the bearded irises decided to bloom.  I put them in a few years ago so they are finally filling out the space allotted.  They come in such beautiful colors that I may have to dedicate another area in order to  get some new ones.  The daffodils are long gone, so I planted the wave petunias to take over the space after they die back.  A few of the lilac bushes bloomed for the first time and the other spring flowers are coming along nicely.  The rhubarb has lived so far.  I don’t think I will touch any of it until next year.  Next up will be planting a few tomatoes and peppers.

I also managed  to get to another hobby store and replace the little hole punch for the mini labels that I had just bought.  Its punch rod managed to misalign itself after only a few uses in the heavy watercolor stock and I have to return it.  Its replacement seems to be fine though and I think I may try to use it for real today.  I am going to take the tags to my weaving friend and let her choose a few before I list any more.  I will be finishing the latest entryway very soon.  It has had an overlong “rest” with all of the other activity.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JC Strong
    May 11, 2011 @ 10:37:35

    Looks like you had a busy weekend. I know all those new research photos will result in some beautiful art work.


  2. ruthsartwork
    May 11, 2011 @ 15:20:59

    Thanks. It was busy and fun. We only took the “little” digital camera my husband uses instead of my bigger one, but the pictures seem to be fine for what I want to do.


  3. gayle mast
    May 11, 2011 @ 21:48:12

    love, love the iris – one of my favorites !


  4. lindahalcombfineart
    May 12, 2011 @ 08:05:43

    Congratualtions to you and the graduate! My yard is filled with the scent of lilac and its all from 1 Korean lilac bush. I have 2 Little Kim lilacs that have not bloomed yet…and a very few wood hyacinths. Most of my spring bulbs are finished. Peonies are close to blooming – I love the fragrance from them. And, like you, I love irises! I just don’t have any right now!


  5. ruthsartwork
    May 12, 2011 @ 10:24:43

    I love lilacs too. The ones I planted are almost finished blooming. The scent they have is wonderful. Too bad it is such a short season for them.
    My peonies are budding out too. They are very special to me because they came from my great grandparents farm in Linton. I don’t know if my grandmother or greatgrandmother planted them, but they have to be a minimum of 40 -50 years old if not more. My great grandparents came from France in the teens and had a small farm where Grandma grew up. The stock is very hardy. I dug up and gave my sister and nieces root stock in the middle of the drought early last fall (not the proper time for digging up and mangling roots) and everything lived.


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