Friday, June 27

Oh She Grows: Garden Update

Look at those boxes!! So full of green goodness!! Things have been growing so well with all the rain, and then super sunny / warm weather. It's like plant paradise around here!

My tomatoes are just doing their own thing. They are thriving so well. Tons of buds are one them, and they're starting to turn into blossoms. I hope to get a lot of produce off of them, it looks promising!

My peppers are the slow-but-steady group of the garden. The first blossom opened the other day, and like the tomatoes, they have tons of buds.

We should be able to harvest up some lettuce soon. I can't wait! It'll be the first "bounty" from the garden :)

The potato plants took a little bit to emerge, but they grow so much every day! I will need to hill up some more dirt around them soon.

My cucumber are starting to climb on their own - for the most part. I have a 'climb-resistant' plant on the right. It just refuses to stay up - so I'm going to direct it to flow off the side of the box.

The broccoli are the super-stars of the week, again. Compared to last week, they must have grown over a foot! They are just loving the cloudy, overcast and cool weather - plus the buckets of rain. 

We even have the start of one broccoli head! Super exciting!!

Now, I do have one annoying garden issue. Earwigs. I think they are nibbling on some of my plants - mostly any tiny seedlings. I actually saw one in the garden, and there's little earwig 'poops' on some of the larger leaves. Any tips? I feel bad 'getting rid' of them, since they are supposedly good for the garden too...but I've had to replant some because of them, and I'm none too impressed by that.

Thursday, June 26

Colourful Triptych Series

I'm sharing with you today some paintings that I created special for a lovely customer. Together we create a sort of triptych painting series to brighten her walls :) You will have to excuse the poor photos. I took them at night before packing them up to mail out. 

I just love how you wanted a little critter in each painting. It just brings so much life and character to each other scenes. :)

If you are interested in a custom painting, please come see me over at my online shop. I very much enjoy working with clients to create unique art pieces for their homes.

Tuesday, June 24

Little Starts to Bigger Things

Last week I started planning for a larger painting project that I have been asked to 'tackle' - it will be 3 panels of 24"x40", giving a total size of 72" x 40" - that's 6 feet of painting! Phew! 

Due to the nature of the request, a lot of planning will have to go into this piece before I can begin to touch paint to canvas. I'll be able to share with everyone the "nature of the painting" once it's complete and everything is done! I started out with a quickie sketch - I've never been huge of sketching before painting, and usually the sketches don't look like much and in the end don't mean too much because the painting process takes over and things often turn out different. 

But since this piece has to be, very, carefully thought out and planned out - which I guess I should do more often to have a higher success rate in finishing in my larger paintings (as I count unfinished paintings and run out of fingers - blushes). So I thought I would be a quick watercolour painting rendition to get a better feel of colours and composition. This rendition - as shared above - is not complete. But, it begins to give more life and understanding to the random pen marks in the above sketch. As you can see, it already deviates from the sketch - as I thought it would...

Sunday, June 22

A Hiking We Will Go!

This shot only took many, many attempts with a camera timer and my speedy leaping through the trees.

Summer brings back our hiking trips! Our first hiking trip brought us out to Skinners Bluff. This 16km hiking trek (8 km to the above spot and back to our car) was blessed by a beautifully clear and cool day. We couldn't have asked for nicer hiking conditions.
We were way high up on the bluffs escarpment. 

Gorgeous view from Skinner's Bluff. I just can't get over how blue the water is in Colpoy's Bay (off Georgian Bay)

So many trees growing up and bent out from the rock edges. 
I'm hoping that this is just one of many, many hikes out and about the Bruce Peninsula this summer. I hope we get to explore so much more, and enjoy this beautiful area that we live :)

Friday, June 20

Oh She Grows Garden Update!

Are you all sick of my garden updates yet? Hehehe, I hope not!! There is still much more growing to happen! It was a pretty exciting week in the garden - even though I've been diligent in ensuring there is enough water for my dear plants - it was after all the rain this week (which is still going on) that things have really taken off! Maybe because the sun isn't out as much to soak up all the water before the plants get to?

Most of my tomato plants have blossoms! Super exciting! I was looking back on old photos, and I cannot believe how big these guys have gotten - from seed! Maybe I'm a little nerdy, probably a little obsessed at this point, but it just makes me so giddy knowing that I was able to grow them from seed! I've been told that Epson salts are really good for the plants, so I may pick some up - have any of you tried Epson salts with your tomatoes?

Some of my pepper plants also have some little buds starting to form. Not all yet, and that I'm guessing is that some plants are behind from the cat-beheading-the-peppers incident. I'm sure they will catch up though, and it might work out in the end, staggering the produce a little more.

My brocoli plants are huge - I'm giving a conservative measurement of almost 2 feet high! I'm happy they got a little break from the sun - they are said to do better in cooler weather. 

My cucumbers are beginning to blossom again. After having them blossom before transplanting outside, I pinched all those ones off  with hopes that I would indeed get more - and I did! They are starting to look healthier again. I do have some directly-sown seedlings though that are starting to grow in case these guys take a turn for the worse. If they don't - then we will just have many, many cucumbers :)

My long awaited carrots are starting to show progress too. They didn't all come up, but of the ones that did - they are starting to get some true 'leaves'. 

I decided at the last minute this season to plant some potatoes....They just popped up, and hopefully will have enough season to give us some potatoes.

As well, I last-minute-planted some sunflowers.  We love feeding birds, and I really want to bring the bees and pollinators around - so these will help with both of those, and look super pretty! I planted two per spot, and once they start to take off, will choose one.

Everything else is doing wonderfully! I just couldn't' take more picture without being eaten to death by the bugs! They have been especially making a meal out of me this summer so far. 

Wednesday, June 18

Zodiac Commissions

I know I had been sharing a lot of pictures about my garden, and photographs from around home. But I have been painting in the meantime :). Today I'm sharing with you some commissions I created for the website, Mi Petite Madrid. They offer zodiac readings on their website, and commission various artists to create their own rendition for each zodiac 'cycle'. 

Below is an 'in-progress' shot of my next contribution to their webpage. These have been so much fun creating, and I have enjoyed merging my characteristic style with illustrative imagery.

Sunday, June 8

Gardening Update: Fenced in and all in their new homes

A big garden update today!! We got the fence put in around the boxes, so all the plants went in last week :) (Thank you so much James!!!) Upon buying our new house - having a garden was one of the big things I was looking forward to! Having seedlings to put in, along with planting direct seeds, makes the garden look vibrantly growing - while the rest of the seeds catch up and start growing.

My little pepper plants rebounded wonderfully from the cat eating most of them all earlier in the year. I was able to plant 12 of them - 4 each of chili, green and mini sweet peppers. 

My tomato patch is looking great too! My seedlings look robustly healthy compared to the seedlings I purchased to add a bit more to the patch. I am diligently watering and watching over them to ensure that they take well to being moved from pots to garden. 

Look at those tomato plants! Super strong stems are hopefully the beginning of super productive plants!

My green beans were directly sown into the boxes, and they are starting to pop-up to say "Hello'.

My cucumbers are doing okay. I'm not sure if they are taking well to being transplanted. But I planted some additional cucumber seeds directly into the boxes in case these seedlings don't take well to being moved around.

The broccoli plants are loving their new space! I don't have too many concerns about them. They are strong and thriving well. I just can't believe that I was able to 'nurse' and grow all these larger plants from teeny, tiny seeds! Sort of blows my mind and makes me feel all proud and rosey inside :)

Additionally, there is kale, carrots, lettuce and various herbs directly planted into the boxes :) Now I just have to wait and wait for food to grow! :)