Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Little Pink, A Little Red....

I hate to keep telling you this but we have been having absolutely gorgeous weather. The nectarine tree in the backyard is an explosion of bright pink blossoms. I take a picture of them almost daily! Here is one I took yesterday....

This picture is clickable so you can see it larger.

Don't you just love the color of those blossoms?! And against the weathered wood of the fence they just look fantastic!


I have finally finished the first textural piece I've done in my class with Gary Reef. I'm not 100% happy with it but I do like it for my first attempt. I won't be able to tell you much about this technique because it's part of a class but I can tell you it was really easy. And if you're interested in this class I think Gary will be doing it again in a few months.

Here is my first piece....

I'm thinking of calling it "Night in the Forest." One of the things I'm not completely happy with is the small rectangle in the lower left corner. But I was working with what I had at hand so that was it! The red is much more subdued in person but otherwise it photographed pretty good.

I have some more art journal pages but I'll put those on tomorrow.


  1. Janet, I like that. It's great you are working on new techniques. That must have been fun.

    The tree blossoms are so pretty. I love it when our pear tree and crab apple trees bloom.

  2. That is VERY cool. It's like jewelry.
    The pictures from your walk are gorgeous too. That's some amazing wind you have.

  3. Anonymous12:40 PM

    Wow...what a neat piece! To me...your rectangle is waiting for the perfect word to be written on it...that's what it tells me from the picture..

    and yes...we are enjoying the pinks and reds popping up everywhere too! Beautiful!

  4. I love your textural piece Janet.

  5. It's gorgeous!!! We are never 100% happy with our own work, but take my word--it's absolutely 100% perfect!!

  6. I think the idea of a word in the rectangle is wonderful!
    Your nectarine tree is breathtaking! Thanks for sharing the photo!

  7. Janet the picture of the blossom is beautiful, I am going to steal it as a screen saver..!
    I like the piece you did, the textures and colours are perfect. Well done..!

    PS..the verification word here is Deathray...!

  8. Janet,

    I really like this piece. It feels medieval to me. I think the name your thinking of naming it is perfect.


  9. Oh that's beautiful, Janet! I love all the textures and colors - very cool.
    Wow, your nectarine really IS blooming! Our apple trees have been starting to bloom, but not nearly as many as last year - I'm not sure they got enough chilling this year. But spring is definitely sprung!

  10. Both your photograph and the textured piece are beautiful. In fact, your photo of the fruit (peach?) tree made me so happy that I made it my computer background, so I can have a little springtime even at my desk. The textured piece is very intriguing; I love the colors you used and wish I had taken the class with you!

  11. Ooohh, Aaahh! Both BEAUTIFUL! Spring has sprung here in Houston as well. I'll have to post some photos soon.

    I awarded you the Kreativ Blogger Award - check out my blog to see how to pass it on.

    Have a great weekend!

  12. Hey Janet,
    Your weather sounds delightful! It has been so darn cold here in New England the past few days.
    Your nectarine flowers are gorgeous!
    I am very impressed with the textured piece you have produced. I agree with the comments everyone is making. The rectangle on the left just needs a word or quote. It's really nice that you titled the piece.

  13. Wow! Too cool! Another class to add to the *to be taken* (TBT) list!

    Guess Spring has more than *Sprung* at your home!

  14. I really like it! (even the small rectangle!) ;) and the blossoms on your tree are simply will be a while before we get there...but the snow is starting to melt at last!

  15. Janet,

    I absolutely love this piece. I think it is splendid. Sometimes working only with what you have frees you.

    I would have loved to take that class. And wouldn't it have been fun to take together? It's been two years since my visual journaling class and there's been nothing like it since.

  16. I think you did an amazing job on your texture peice.....and those blossoms make wish spring would get to Canada fast.

  17. Oh I like your work and yes Night in the Forest!!! Sharon
    PS we had sunshine yesterday!!!! Your tree must smell wonderful. Lucky girl.

  18. I think it is great. I like the way it looks and the title certainly goes with it. Always fun to try new things.

  19. great art I love the colours..I like the contrast of the lines of the rectangle with the curves so I would keep it in

  20. Well, I don't know what the technique is bit I like it. Beautiful textural composition and colors. I'm 100% loving it.

    PS yes the color is violet Oxide and is one of my favorites. And thank you so much for the great compliment you paid me.

  21. Hi Janet

    Sorry it has been so long since I visited you!

    Very pleased you are enjoying the wether - love the photo's you have shared.

    And your textural piece is lovely!

    Dot xx

  22. What a wonderful textural piece!! Is this a real -life or on-line class! I am very impressed with your end product.

    So glad you have nice weather to enjoy.

  23. Hi Janet!
    WHat a neat piece of art! I love it!
    I also am envious of your nectarine tree...right in your own backyard??!!! Wow, I love nectarines! Those flowers are incredible!
    Spring has not yet arrived here other than a few daffodils...but last night it was in the 30's!

  24. I love the texture and colors - and the nectarine blossoms! I definitely need to move to a warmer climate! Thanks so much for sharing!

  25. I will defintely trade you some pear tree blossoms for your nectarine blossoms. Oh WOW on your texture page that you made. That is so COOL! Your art just keeps on evolving and I Love to see every thing that you create!!!

  26. Janet I LOVE your first textural piece from Gary's class! I'm so happy you're doing this & I'm really looking forward to doing his next class too! I love that little rectangle, but you know me ... I'm obsessed with 'windows' at the moment lol!


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