After a break to get a moose butchered and into the freezer, I'm back in the studio and making excellent progress on a Norwegian poppy and a very large wild iris, and look forward to posting images of these soon. I've also got a columbine, another wild rose, a monkshood and a wild geranium in process. It's been a beautiful fall here in the Interior with lots of golden birch leaves still left to enjoy.
We're definitely well into fall here in Two Rivers. The birch leaves are turning golden while I watch out the window. No hard frost yet, but it's definitely time to photograph the last blossoms and put the garden to bed for the year. New canvasses are in the works, though, and I plan to keep things blooming in paint throughout the winter.
It's good to be back in the studio working on new canvasses. I've collected many flower images over the summer and am looking forward to painting them. Currently have four new canvasses underway and I'm pleased with how they're coming along. Stay tuned. New images soon!
And the leaves have begun to turn here in Two Rivers. Hard to believe it was 91 a few days ago when one wakes up to 39. But the garden is bursting forth with poppies and nasturtiums in full bloom, and delphinium too. Still waiting on the sunflowers, and they'd better hurry. . . .
Just back in the studio after a few weeks of Alaskan fishing adventures, filling the freezer for winter with salmon, halibut and lingcod. The weather is hot by Fairbanks standards for this time of year -- 80+ for the last few days. The garden is in full production mode with lots of food to harvest and the flowers in full swing.
I've been collecting new images of Alaskan wildflowers for future paintings, hiking around the Anchorage area: forget-me-nots, monkshood, wild geranium, lupine, frigid arnica, and many others. It's been great being outside in the endless light of summer with my eye tuned to the small and bright.
I'm working in Anchorage in the UAA low-residency program, and am missing the garden back home in Two Rivers. But I've brought all the canvasses to Anchorage with me and have been showing them around. Our time here is intense, and it's a joy to be working with eager and dedicated writers.
Taking a break from chickweeding while the afternoon thundershower rolls through. Just what the garden needs. The broccoli will start to come in this week, as will the kale, the peas are blooming, the tomatoes and peppers setting on. Happy 4th of July. Everything's blooming here.
Just home from a visit to Valdez with my dad and daughter. Coastal Alaska is incredibly rich with wonders for the eye -- mountains, glaciers, rivers, ocean -- and all the myriad creatures who live there. We had a tremendous time, and collected lots of Alaskan wildflower images for upcoming paintings.
We've been eating fresh food from the garden in the past couple of weeks, spinach, lettuces, radishes, green onions, and the rest of the crops are coming on quickly in the endless sunshine. Nothing is ever better than the food you grow and pick yourselves, from garden to plate in a few minutes. And tonight we had a much needed rain shower to help things along.
Just past Solstice here in Two Rivers, and while the sun does set for a couple hours, it's never dark. So there's lots of time for biking and hiking, for fishing and camping, for gardening -- and painting!
I've been painting nearly every day for the last several months, but just took a three-day break to give a poetry reading in Seattle. Now I'm happy to be back home and back to the canvasses. I missed them while I was gone! I've got an amaryllis, a black orchid and a poppy underway, and I collected some new images while I was roaming around madly blooming Seattle for future paintings.
The garden's all planted here in Two Rivers, and now that we've had a little rain, things are looking good. Especially the chickweed. Let the weeding and thinning begin! Despite the busy season, both Mirabel and I have also been working on new canvases. Mirabel has been working in an abstract mode, and here's one by her, titled "Firedragon."
Mirabel and I finished putting in flowers yesterday -- poppies and petunias, violas and pansies -- transplants and direct seeding and are already enjoying the color. Today, we finish the potatoes -- Alaska Blue, Yukon Gold, French Fingerlings and German Reds and Butterballs. And then the garden will be all in. Let the thinning and weeding begin!
Yesterday my daughter Mirabel and I picked up some flowers at our local greenhouse to fill in the corners of the garden -- petunias, snapdragons, violas -- and also some broccoli and cauliflower to replace the ones the escaped Australorp ate. Best of all, we discovered the Frigid Arnica -- a bright yellow Alaskan wildflower blossoming all along Chena Hotsprings Road. Looking forward to painting this one!
Happy to announce the garden's all in. Oh. Wait. The potatoes. The garden is almost all in! And now we'll move on to thinning and weeding. Everything grows fast here. Smokey skies here in the Interior today, and both the forest and the garden could use some rain.
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