We were performing at a concert in Ann Arbor yesterday and while we there I got a wonderful surprise...
The Break-up of the Ice original Claude Monet & I
My entire life, I have been in love with the works on Monet, and then I happened to find myself on the doorstep of Ann Arbor's Museum of Art, (which I didn't even know they had) and they had a real-honest-to-goodness Claude Monet original housed in their walls. Being the nerd I am, I geeked.
And seated right next to it was an original Whistler, I really hit the jackpot!
Sea and Rain original James Abbott McNeill Whistler & I
I was in between tears and fainting, what a delightful treat. I just love sharing my joys with you.
Last night we mixed up some wonderful batches of egg dye, the old-fashioned way. Vinegar and dye. Not only is it tradition, but I love how the aroma of the vinegar fills the air. It's a childhood experience, that I have never outgrown.
Miss Lass & Mr. Bear Acrylic and dye on ceramic
Yes, those are real eggs. Every year though after Easter it's always the same story. I can hardly bring myself to part with the delightful decorated edible eggs. So, this year I painted a ceramic one, the blue was captured with the same dye we use on the real things, and the rest was painted. Now, when I have to say goodbye to all of the others. Mr Bear, Miss Lass & I will all continue to enjoy each other!
Happy Easter to you, I hope you share it with those you love!
Just a few things that are making my weekend something to look forward to.
Mid-April Work & Pleasures: The Compiled Official List
-Chai Tea Latte, sugar and chai tea bags boiled down into a syrup, and then poured over milk that has been blended and whipped into a submissive foam? Yes, please! I just finished making a batch of syrup from this wonderful little recipe that will stay good in the fridge for 10 days. It will certainly make my alarm clock more friendly when I have this to wake up to!
-Sketching, of course. I'm so excited that I have so much sketching to do this weekend! There are certainly worse things to occupy myself with, I love to see a blank page come to life! It's like a little birth.
-Picture books. I raided the library yesterday and found these titles I hope to peak at in between my own projects. Hansel and Gretellooks entrancing to me accompanied by illustrations from Jen Corace. (Let's face it I love anything by the Bros. Grimm, they're marvelous!) The King's Giraffe, looks promising too, illustrated by Stephane Poulin. Last but certainly not least, The Wind in the Willows Christmas from the mind of Michael Hague (I don't care if it is a Christmas book I'm reading in mid-April. I've always adored The Wind in the Willows, and one day I'm going to illustrate a few paintings from it.. some day when I get the time.)
I'm sitting in the warm sunshine, doing my work on the world-wide-web. Then it's off to sketch. Just another little thing I'm thankful for.
Mmmmm, the chai tea latte is completely worth the effort it takes, by the way.
I've had such a busy month! There's been an exciting magazine commission that I've been working on but it's still top-secret right now. There's a total of four paintings to the series, and these are just a few snippets of my work.
I'll share some of the finished paintings as soon as I can! I can't wait to make all of them available, through The Blooming Hare shop. Hope you enjoy this little peak under the curtain.
Enjoying the fruit of our labor back in August! Blackberry scones and orange marmalade are a wonderful combination. Of course the joy of a good scone can be experienced at any time, but throw in a good cup of tea... Oh Jubilee!
Those pretty vintage spoons are part of a collection that belonged to my Grandmother. I didn't get to know her very well, so I love having things of hers around me. It feels like I'm getting to know her through her little nick-nacks!
Every year around this time we host our own Chili Cook-Off. The coincidence of it is, that we always win (though we're probably a little biased in our voting!) And to top it all off, there was peach cobbler for dessert!
It's just one way we're surviving until the spring thaw.
Today is Emma's birthday! It may have been cold outside, but our hearts were warm. We had a nice romp through the snow, and she played with her favorite fox squeaky toy Felix. Plus to top it off, a piece of birthday apple pie! Which sounds delightful to me, I think this year I will ask for birthday pie myself, instead of the-ol-stand-by-cake - good thinking Emma!
She's a bit of golden sun on any day, no matter the forecast!
I can hardly believe spring is finally on our doorstep. It's been a very long Michigan winter. And although it doesn't seem much more springy outside, we've officially bid farewell to winter.
Something Cicely Mary Barker (who channels spring with her brush, like nobody's business) seemed perfect for the occasion. I love this odd little snail parade of hers! I can just hear them saying, "Spring - that away."