My mother-in-law, Joany, painted a large (16" x 20") picture of roses for me. It hangs in the dining room where we can enjoy it every day. This is a detail of one of the roses. I like how well the texture of the canvas shows.
Charlie came into my family's life in May 1975. He was one of the "Get Well Soon" plants my mom received after her first operation for cancer. He's one of the few plants that made a successful trip from southern California to Idaho.
My mom gave me a cutting from her Creeping Charlie which I managed to keep alive -- sometimes barely alive -- for all these years. During the time we were remodeling our house, he almost died. But once life settled down and he had a permanent home in the kitchen, he came back to life.
Each of my daughters received a cutting from Charlie. I think one or two of Charlie's "kids" is alive in their homes.
I'm tickled by how much I like this plant, and how often I've taken his picture. I suppose Charlie is one of the most steady guys I've had in my life. Every now and again, he deserves another portrait, don't you think?
In my experience, there are at least two kinds of artists. The ones like need a calm workspace so that they can work with a nice clean "blank piece of paper." Their studios are tidy and their supplies all lined up and ready to use.
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And there are artists that need a boatload of supplies within easy reach so that the tools of the trade speak to them and begged to be used. Their studios are like a big pile of pixie stix, a nice jumble of texture and color which breeds inspiration.
Which do you think I am? . . . . .
I cop to being the first orderly kind. I have a hard time creating in clutter because it overstimulates my brain and I have a hard time concentrating on a single project. If you notice I haven't been crafting or sewing much lately, it's because my Studio needs to be tidied up.
Jodie works for the Parks & Rec department in her hometown. She took her dad and me to several of the parks to show us what Springfield/Eugene has to offer. On our way out of one park, we found this volume resting on a post.
What do you imagine the story behind this book to be?
A University of Oregon graduate student taking a break from a summer class?
A history buff taking some light reading into the park?
Or the smallest "Little Free Library" you've ever seen?
Dale and I took a trip to western Oregon to celebrate Jodie's 23rd birthday with her and her fiancé. The blackberry brambles are full of ripening fruit all over town. Hungry? Grab a few sweet treats. These were found at a park on a butte that overlooks the town.
Dale's on vacation. We spent the first three days sprucing up the yard. My job was pruning the bushes. My arms and legs and face are all scratched up. Dale and I both have very sore muscles. It's worth it, though. Our yard is looking really good!
We took six loads like this (add in more 4 bags) to the dump.
I am, however, ready for the fun part of vacation to begin.
Since the 50mm lens is often used for portraits, I gave a self-portrait another try. I had the ISO set to "Auto" which ended up at 6400 and a very grainy effect. I filtered a lot of the grain out in the editing process.
I'm giving myself a new self-assignment this month. For the majority of the photos I take, I'm going to use my Nifty Fifty lens. That's a 50mm lens that has an aperture as low as 1.8 ... the lens that's great for portrait photography.
My hope is that by using this lens a lot, I'll have a better feel for what I can do with it. Methinks I may not have as many flower photos as usual. In other words, I'm attempting to s-t-r-e-t-c-h my photographic skills.
Today I'm combining my Nifty Fifty experiment with #CornerOfMyHome. This froggy keeps an eye on all comings and goings on the front porch, and takes time to smell the flowers.