Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Blackcap Chickadees Painting

This is a painting I gave to a couple as a wedding gift. It's cold and dark, yet the birds are huddled together for warmth and to stay alive they must stay together. Good news is that spring is near - as shown by the small flower buds on the tree limb. Let's face it, love itself is a risky proposition. It takes courage. Sometimes you go out on a limb and say, "I love you" with the hope that you will hear that same phrase returned.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Violet Seeds

Most plants produce seeds. Some have rhizomes and other methods of reproducing. Before the snow fell this past weekend, I spotted these seeds from the common purple violet plant - open and waiting to spread little flowers throughout my lawn. They looked so pretty and this was the first time I ever saw violet seeds.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

First Snow of the Season

Southeast Michigan got its first snow accumulation yesterday. Some areas received up to 15 inches. We got three to five inches. I took this photo early in the morning before venturing out to shovel the driveway.

Painted Cabinet

This is a mid-century cabinet that my Dad made. It has traveled many roads in its life, most recently with my niece's family. When I saw the cabinet at her house, I told her if she ever wanted to part with it, I would be happy to take it off her hands. The next time I saw her, she hauled the cabinet out of her SUV and into my kitchen.

I had several ideas for refurbishing the cabinet. This is its latest reincarnation. How did I do it? Acrylic paint. No sanding no stripping, no nothing. I just started to paint. After the paint dried, I topped the creation off with a couple layers of wax and buffed it lightly. That's it.