Where to begin? Well, let's begin with today. It's HOT!! Ever so hot. The kind of licking flame hot that makes you thankful for air-conditioning!
I stepped outside this morning to take care of a few garden chores and found this ~
A wasp enjoying a delicious meal of cutworm! This makes me happy for 2 reasons. 1: because that's one less worm on my tomato plant...and 2: because this season has seen a very sad decline in wasps and bees. This is actually the first wasp I've seen this year. The bees are virtually non-existent in my backyard garden this year. As a matter of fact, without the bees to pollinate my vegetables, I've had to pollinate them myself. Especially the squash ~
I won't go into detail about what I have to do to pollinate my squash...but let's just say it requires a male blossom and a female blossom. I do the rest! :-)
Ohhh...and look how pretty...pretty in pink. The first Sweet Pea blossom of the year ~
After all these years of growing these pretty flowers from seed, they are still my favorite.
We've also been spending a lot of time hand-transferring our baby Mantises all around the garden ~
Hmmmm...what else has been going on in my world? Oh, I know, I picked these ~
....and turned them into this ~ A deep dish Nectarine pie! So, so, so good!
You'll have to excuse my very plain and simple photos. My computer finally gave up the ghost, and I lost my favorite photo program along with it. Thankfully, Mr. Gerushia was able to retrieve all my art files and photos! So, for now, I'm posting naked photos.
Since last we spoke, we've had a birthday celebration, an anniversary celebration and all sorts of fun stuff.
On the art scene, just for the fun of it, I entered this piece in a local art show ~
Mi Corazon por Alicia (this piece is currently for sale in my shop).
and I actually won a bit of money! It's always fun to win money, right?
It was a fun evening and I got to hang out with my pal, Shell ~
I have another piece in a show opening up next weekend. The theme of the show is "Fan". I created this specifically for the show.
"Fanning the Flames" ~
The original is not for sale, but you can get it in print version right Here.
I also have a new original in my shop. A wee bit darker than my usual pieces, but I think I really like it. It's called "The Burning of Eulalia" ~
For some reason, I felt the urge....the need to make this piece. The name "Eulalia" means well-spoken. The name was borne by a 12 year old Spanish martyr who was burned to death because she refused to renounce her faith. I know it sounds weird, but when I created this piece, I was drawn to use the name Eulalia, but had no idea about the story of the burning of a 12 year old martyr. Something made me connect the name with fire. Curious, yes?
The original is now offered in my shop. Just click right HERE. Once the original has sold, I will offer prints.
So...as you can see, I've been keeping busy. In between working in my studio and working in the garden, I've also managed to read a few books, go to several author signings with my daughter and start a Pinterest. Feel free to follow me over there if you like!
Ohhh...and one more fun thing coming up. I'll be having an art give-away for a couple of my print sets, but it won't be on my blog. More information on that in a day or two...but I'm over the moon excited for this give-away! It will be "Fanciful" for sure! :-)
Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World
P.S. Ooopsie....forgot to mention that I'm having a "Buy One Get One Free" sale in my art shop. Buy any 4" x 6" print and get a second 4" x 6 " print of your choice for free. Simply leave a note for me at checkout telling me which print you want for your freebie and I will include it in your package! Easy Peasy....just like that. Click HERE to see all the prints included in this sale!