It was a busy week outside. I dodged 2″ of welcome rain over 3 days, getting several hours of weeding in and most of a day planting 150 vinca plugs on a hillside. In trying to avoid getting a farmer’s tan from all of the work in the sun, I managed to get sunburned. Not too bad, but not what I really wanted. Anyway, the vinca got planted and more weeds got pulled. I hope I can get caught up with the yard work sometime in June, but who knows. Spring has raced by already and July will be upon us before we know it. (And berry season as well. Yum.)
For some studio time, I decided to pick a few of the spring/summer flowers to paint. The Chinese irises are out and the wildflowers have started to bloom in profusion. The daisies in the yard and the fields tend to get mowed down, but the ones at the edge of the woods flourish nicely. They make wonderful bouquets and are a long lasting subject for a still life. I drew this up yesterday and inked it up today. I liked the combination of the white flowers and the deep purple irises. I am in the middle of painting it now. It is in keeping with smaller projects I want to stick to until July. I like it, except for the daisy farthest to the right. That one should probably be facing more to the side. We’ll see what the painting part does with it. I will probably end up defining the the daisies with more ink, but I didn’t want to overdo the initial phase.