Friday, January 25, 2019

just more of the same


Thursday morning I woke up to frost on the ground 

crunchy

and a layer of ice on the birdbath. Uh oh. Some of the foliage on the angel trumpets and most on the morning glory bush is shriveled but not all and the little jasmine buds seem OK so that's good but I think I lost the porterweed. It might come back from the roots, maybe. The ponytail palm looks unscathed. 

It was a beautiful day out there today, mostly sunny, with a predicted mid-60s high and mid-40s low. My kind of winter weather. The turtle was out on her sunning board and the dog was going berserk.

you can't tell from the picture but Minnie is barking hysterically

The goldfinches got over whatever shyness they started with and have been mobbing the tea cup and bird feeder the last several days.

crappy picture through the window on zoom, two goldfinches and a cardinal, the cardinal got tired of waiting and ran the goldfinches off

I've been working on a hibiscus flower in the modeling glass the last two days. The flower, about 5 1/2" wet, is done, 


now needs to be dried out before firing. I'm thinking of expanding the piece, adding leaves on a rolled out square with the intent of using it on the other hinged box from last December that I never used but first I need to draw out the composition which is proving to be elusive because I can't decide if I'm trying to do it for the box or maybe a piece not constrained by a square border or just an exercise with no final intent for its use. I should probably go with that last though, otherwise this could balloon into a BIG PRODUCTION, especially since I made no progress today. So, tomorrow I'll just do a single leaf shape and another try at the heron feather.





14 comments:

  1. I am glad the muse is working with you. Mine is missing. Do you know what your flock of goldfinches is called? I just read it yesterday and thought it was charming -- a charm of goldfinches. Donna@gather

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  2. For once you in exotic Texas and me in this humdrum river valley wake up to the same temps and crunchy frosty ground.

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  3. Hibiscus leaves are beautiful. I think one would set that beautiful flower off nicely. But what do I know?
    We haven't gotten a real freeze but are supposed to next week. Down into the low twenties! I can't imagine.

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    1. I think we're just supposed to get the edge of that one so just low 30s for us.

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  4. Lovely flower blossom. Wondering if all of the cleaning fad is affecting artists selling their works? I hope not. I have a flower catalog on my lap now, getting ready for spring.

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  5. I love that hibiscus! Gorgeous!

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  6. Your hibiscus is lovely and I am sure it will look nice with some leaves also. I hope your plants came back with the warmer weather and sunshine.

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  7. very nice flower. I counted 16 finches on one feeder

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  8. Does the turtle live full time in that tank? What does he (or she) eat in there? The fact that you can turn that glass into such beautiful items never ceases to amaze me.

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    1. Big Mama is about 28 years old and she does live in the 600 gallon stock tank year round. I feed her fruit and certain plant leaves and turtle sticks now and then. my son brought her home when she was about the size of a 50¢ piece when he was 11 and she never died. just got bigger and bigger.

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  9. I didn't know you had that turtle -- Big Mama. That makes me laugh. That's what a friend who grew up in Shreveport called her mother. The whole family did, actually. It's amazing the turtle's so old. Obviously, it's been well cared for!

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  10. I love the picture of Minnie and Big Mama. Funny how the turtle seems unfazed even though the dog is pretty close.

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    1. Big Mama is used to Minnie now. if the dog gets too annoying, the turtle just slips into the water.

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