This and That

Where to begin. There are many things in progress here. After all, it’s July — the height of summer.

Our side yard with the succulent plantings is filling in nicely.


Here’s  a close up of one panel


The male oriole and his entire family — 2 chicks this year! — visit our feeder regularly.

07-12-Hooded Oriole-male

He is simply stunning from any view.


And I’m having more fun than I’m sure the law allows with the sketching and watercolor class. This page represents the last 2 weeks which covered 8 techniques.


Who knew that there was a graphite pencil that you could sketch with and then use your watercolor brush with just water to shade? Check out number 5 on the page. The tissue overlay exercise (#8) was fun — and a real learning experience. I put the adhesive on the back of the tissue and then struggled to apply it to the page. Naturally, I was supposed to apply the adhesive to the page and then lay the tissue over it. I’m learning. *sigh*

I’ve already begun my second page using these techniques. This time the theme is birds. Stay tuned.

16 replies
  1. Sherry Boram
    Sherry Boram says:

    Big wow for the side yard, your gorgeous bird, and your class studies. I must tear myself away from these photos, but I’ll be back!

  2. Franki M.
    Franki M. says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the wall AND the bird “perched, so delicately” on the sheet music! The variety of colors on those hens & chicks is awesome & of course they filled in like a champ! How fun is that?!

    • Jini Coolen Briggs (AKA Jini Jones/Sullivan)
      Jini Coolen Briggs (AKA Jini Jones/Sullivan) says:

      LOVE LOVE IT and am “pea green with envy” (GWTW quote).. I also can sing along with the words on that sheet of music – because I am 81….lol… Thanks,,,Jini

      • Franki Kohler
        Franki Kohler says:

        It was fun to find that music just at the right moment. I’m working on another page which will have a bit more serendipity you’ll enjoy. Stay tuned.

  3. Dale
    Dale says:

    I think you should seriously consider printing that sheet music (perfect choice, BTW) on fabric and quilting the birdie over it. It is such a perfect representation of who you are!

      • Dale Robards
        Dale Robards says:

        You know better than that! But I do love how a quilt has the possibility of incorporating your love of birds, your talent for quilting, and your musical ability.

  4. 379christy
    379christy says:

    Reading your blog and seeing your work is like going into a very full clothing store for me. There are just so many ideas and inspirations that I become overwhelmed! All a good thing when it comes to your work. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!!

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      Thanks Christy. I still get a bit overwhelmed myself by the number of things that I want to be doing. *sigh* There are still only 24 hours in a day.

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