Bird in Acrylic

Inspired by the art of Gennine Zlatkis, I painted this bird in acrylic high-flow paint and inks on watercolor paper. Birds are really fun to draw and paint because their basic shape is easy to recreate but there is so much you can do to it in the way of colors and details. I’m sure I’ll move on to other subjects but there are so many birds around me to paint that I feel I need to get at least a few of them down on paper.

First Sprouts of Spring

Every year I try to grow at least a little bit of my food. Sometimes it’s just one or two things in pots and sometimes it’s a full blown garden. Last year I built a raised bed garden and went a little wild growing winter squash. This year, I’ve steered clear of squash and am focusing on some early cool weather vegetables like snap peas, radishes and brocolli.

The other day I saw the first sprouts of the year popping up through the soil. I’m sure a couple of months from now I’ll be grumbling about having to water and weedevery day. But until then, I’ll be enjoying seeing the new life coming up and anticipating it growing into something I can use. Oh, and I’ll also be futily trying to keep my dog from walking through the bed.