Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mother's Day tomorrow!

It's a wonderful and "blooming" season! Such a cheerful time of year and our small perennial flower garden is looking great! Ward planted a new rose bush. I've transplanted some purple flowers that will bloom all summer, and I'll be taking photos and doing some paintings of them. When I post a photo and a painting, I'm hoping somebody will identify the flower!

My younger daughter, Jennifer, will be bringing me a new rose bush next weekend - my Mother's Day gift from her. I have a spot saved for it. Last week I took some closeups of a clump of ruffled lavender tulips that she planted for me 10 years ago when Ward first prepared our perennial bed. When she was a young girl, she dug up some daisies and planted them- all by herself. Never did know exactly where she found them. Flowers make great gifts!

Several weeks ago, we were delighted when J.D. and Linda Russell, old but young friends (25 years our junior) called and came to visit. We enjoyed a good lunch at Cafe Max, and enjoyed reminiscing about our days as real estate appraisers. She took our photo and sent us a copy which I'm posting here. We've been using a photo taken about a decade ago, and I think this new one better represents us now. We are standing in front of the fireplace in our living room, and you can see a bit of our home.

Studio Update:

A few weeks ago, I posted a very similar painting of daffodils, and wanted to try it with a different approach. So, here it is -
Sunny Daffodils, a 6" x 6" watercolor surrounded by an off white archival mat with a narrow gold line next to the painting. This painting will be sold to the first person to contact us with secure payment of its purchase price of $98.00 (including shipping within the U S). This offer will expire on May 18 (about 10 days from now). To purchase this painting Email us at or call Esther at 574-842-8888. Pay/Pal and other credit cards and money orders accepted. If desired, we can send you a PayPal invoice.

Remember, paintings look different on different computer monitors. If you purchase this painting and are not fully satisfied, you may pack it carefully and return to us at your expense and we will refund your full purchase price. No questions asked.

The new flag/porch print (from an original sold here about a month ago) is called Broad Stripes and Bright Stars. Matted and unmatted prints will be listed on our web site - within a few days. Image size is 6" x 6", the same size as the original. Watch for it.

Am working on 2 more small 6" x 6"'s, and also making good progress on the painting of a large watercolor of a wonderful lake cottage.

While painting, I usually listen to books on CD, and am more than half way through Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
about Abraham Lincoln - 36 CD's - enough to keep me anchored to my easel. Biography type books like this work best for "painting/listening" - no complicated plot.

I want to mention how pleased I am with our current Culver Library. They are most helpful and friendly. They even send emails to remind you when you have books that are almost due. Amazing. Here is their website:

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