Friday, June 21, 2013

Flowers & something old

For a few years now my kids and I have been avid monarch stewards but last year all my milkweed died.  Occasionally I see a Monarch butterfly flying around our front porch and I am sad there is nowhere for her to lay her eggs.  I've held off buying new plants because I am trying very hard to stick to a budget and buying flowers is low on my priority list.  This morning I just couldn't help myself and bought three milkweed plants.  One plant at the store had a great big caterpillar on it and I was tempted to bring him home but is that stealing?  I'm not sure so I left him there.

I hope it's OK to share something old.  Buying the milkweed plants reminded me of the this pen and watercolor piece I did about a year and a half ago.  It was one of my first blog posts, only 35 people saw it so it will be new to you!  (hoping my dry sense of humor is apparent.)

Yay for new milkweed plants!  Can't wait to see some caterpillars again.

Can you believe this dahlia?  It had to come home with me, too.  The flower is a good 8 inches across.  I'm sure this will end up posted in the future as a painting or drawing. 
 Happy Summer Solstice!  It's a big deal here in Santa Barbara. 
Tomorrow will be a huge parade with parties in the park afterward.

Paint Party Friday


  1. I love your painting--and your plants!

  2. Love your painting and love of Monarchs...beautiful flowers...wonderful dahlia!! Looks like it has a pearl in the center!!

    Hugs Giggles

  3. Fantastic painting. I'm so glad you pulled it out to share again. And how lovely to cave in and splurge on some flowers to bring your friends back again. It sounds like it brings so much joy! And joy should never be a low priority.

  4. Love the watercolor and ink painting. I wish the monarch wasn't so darn picky about its milkweed. I don't think I've ever seen a monarch in real life, except at the botanical garden.

  5. Gorgeous photos and artwork inspired by them!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  6. I'm so glad you bought the plants! It sounds like you and your kids got a lot of enjoyment out of the ones you had before and their butterfly visitors, and that's a great reason to get them.

    I agree, the photos are terrific! Wonderfully cute illustration too - love those colors!

    (And thanks so much for your note at my blog! It doesn't seem to like your email address, but I hope to figure it out!)