Monday, September 15, 2014

End of Summer, Red Sunflowers and Endless Landscaping Chores

The sunflower seeds I planted in late May have finally yielded flowers.  First the little seed shot up to 7 feet tall and then for the past few weeks they have been forming flower heads.  It is amazing that in less than 4 months a seed can grow to 7 feet tall and have a huge flower head!






Time to begin thinking about our annual migration south and west just like the birds and other migratory creatures.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Quoddy Artists Studio Tour August 23, 2014 Lubec, Campobello Island, Whiting, Eastport Quoddy Loop Area

Join us tomorrow, Saturday August 23, for our one day "near the end of the season" studio tour between 9AM and 4PM local time.  I will be at the artistsretreatmaine.com  location at 45 Washington Street in Lubec, Maine demonstrating some fabric "painting" and embellishment techniques.   A great time to begin thinking about holiday gifts since summer is nearly over.

I had an opportunity to travel by ferry to St Andrews this week and took 319 photos.  My excuse was that I had to deliver a painting to Michael's St. Andrews Gallery and go to the bank. If fact, it is true, that St Andrews at 6 nautical miles from Campobello Island has the closest Canadian bank.  Since we had not been to the bank since last year, it was time!  Of course, many of the over 300 pictures were taken at the Kingsbrae Garden or on the boat ride to and from St Andrews. It was a great vacation day and many kaleidoscopes will be produced from the wonderful photographs I took.  Expect lots of boat, water, cloud, and flower kaleidoscopes over the next few months of Fab Fabrications blogging.  Here are two to get the theme started!

A Perfect Afternoon on the Water

Echinacea and Russian Sage at Kingsbrae Garden, St Andrews, NB







Friday, July 25, 2014

Midsummer fireweed, monkshood, daylillies abound, and poppies fringed and otherwise

The flowers have recovered from hurricane arthur and the trees have also except the maples which are having a premature leaf drop if they were exposed to the salt spray.  Michael is in Castine, Maine at a plein air festival: so I have elected to run the Friar's Bay Studio Gallery which means I can stay home!  It also means I can do some therapeutic weeding and take some new photographs...

Enjoy the images!  They can be yours on a card, on a metal print, or any other way you desire.  Email me for information on how to get them!  Please remember all images are copyrighted by me.














Saturday, July 12, 2014

Oh what a Difference a Day Makes!

Have you ever had the experience where things were humming along and all of the sudden a decision made by someone else rearranges your life and you have no control over it?  Well that is where we are at, so we will push forward, redo my plans, and move on.  In the meantime, creating kaleidoscopes has a calming effect.  At least we were lucky, relatively speaking, with the hurricane damage we suffered.  It has not been a good week so I am looking forward to next week being better...it generally is.







Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer Commences in My Garden

This summer's extravaganza continues.  At their peak right now I have peonies, yellow yarrow, yellow hawkweed, heritage roses, iris, daisy, delphinimum, bridal wreath spirea, clematis, cosmos, dianthus, chives, ferns, Miss Kim late blooming lilacs, and lupine( although they are beginning to go to seed as they do from the bottom up!). I am sure I missed a few and the ferns are still spring green so we still have much more spectacular blooming to go until things begin to die back in September or so.  The first frost here is late, usually not until some time in October, as the water begins to moderate the fall temperatures as compared to areas farther inland. The seeds I planted a week or so ago are up 2-3 inches!  We have had 5 inches or more of rain in the past few weeks so everything is blooming now that we have an seemingly unending sunny period ahead of us.  The comfrey was flattened by the rain, but everything else seems to be relishing the weather.

I am going to do a lot of kaleidoscopes of these flowers as they have inspired me! Friar's Bay Studio Gallery and Artists Retreat Studios & Gallery open on Tuesday so I will have enforced indoor time beginning on July 1st to plan some new projects...

I did not caption the kaleidoscopes so you have to actually look at them to see what flower is "kaleidoscoped".  Some are very obvious and others are a little more subtle.



















Saturday, June 21, 2014

First Day of Summer Campobello Island!

We get to personally enjoy a tremendously long Spring season since we start off our seasonal bloom in Sedona, AZ beginning in March with lilacs, willow trees, apple trees, wildflowers, and all the bulbs.  Then we travel over 3,000 miles to the Canadian Maritimes and experience it all over again.  Here, off the coast of Maine, we are just beginning to see the end of lilacs and the horse chestnut candles are fading. The columbine, ferns, lupine and hostas are in their glory. The daylilies are beginning to bud and everything is green, green, green.  The lawn doesn't stop growing-- sometimes it seems to grow more than an inch in a day!  I did my final planting yesterday which included lots of red sunflower seeds which I planted successfully 3 years ago!

Michael has finished his project for the 50th anniversary of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park yesterday.  A catalog will be available soon.
Our busy season is just beginning for downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes and the students will begin to arrive July 1st for our Paint Campobello Plein Air Painting Program. If you want to do some guided plein air painting this summer, there are just a few spots left!

Below are some images based on our seasonal bloom.

chives


columbine and smoke tree

ferns and beach rocks

hostas

lupine ring

pink columbines and lupine leaves

maple trees and yellow ranunculus or creeeping buttercup

maple trees and yellow ranunculus





Saturday, May 24, 2014

Spring in the far Downeast

We have backed up a few months in terms of the seasonal bloom.  Our visit to Cincinatti started off being summery with dark green foliage, bugs, humidity and very hot and ended up the week cool and wet and it has been that way ever since!

Here in downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes by the Bay of Fundy the daffodils are out and the tulips are beginning to bloom.  Most of the leaves are beginning to come out.  Lilacs are several weeks from blooming at our house.

Even the horse chesnut candles have a ways to go.  The catkins were on the alders at the Eagle Hill bog today and the tamarack was just beginning to show some green.

Come for a plein air painting class with Michael Chesley Johnson and Paint Lubec, Maine and Campobello Island, NB or do an unstructured painting, music, or writing retreat at Artists Retreat Studios & Gallery in the summer of 2014.   My favorite quote for those of us who don't often indulge in what we actually want to do is "If not now when"?  Indeed...

And a special prayer for my friends who have been evacuated from scenic Oak Creek Canyon because of the Slide Fire.









Saturday, May 3, 2014

Driving through the Dust Bowl on the Way to Spring in the Midwest

After a memorable week in Zion National Park with 5 painter friends and two of their spouses, we began the traverse east.  Our scheduled route was I-70 west of Denver, but they were expecting a blizzard with 15 inches of blowing snow and chains required for commercial vehicles so we scrapped all our reservations and decided to head to a tried and true route through New Mexico on I-40.  However, since we had to get to near Chicago we decided to cut up through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa on our route to Chicago.  Well, we went from the possibility of driving through a blizzard to driving through an amazing dust storm near Dalhart, TX. If you read the economy section of this entry you will see why it is probably in the state it is regarding dust!

We saw motorcyclists abandoning their bikes and tow behind RV's toppled on their sides. Our car felt like it was being sandblasted while we rode a bunking bronco with very little visibility as everything was dust colored--the sky, the road, the street, and the tumbleweeds were pouring over the road and the fences on the side of the road. After this 3 hour nightmare where we drove about 150 miles in these conditions, we emerged in Kansas into slightly better, but still tremendously windy conditions.

After several more stormy days, we finally are seeing blue skies again.  The daffodils and tulips are out here as are flowering magnolias, the peonies and hostas are inching upward, and there is lots of GREEN GRASS.