Tuesday, April 11, 2017


my Tuesday FRIENDS! 
My how quickly this week has passed. It seems like I was super busy the whole time but for the life of me I can't figure out exactly what all I got done ... the perils of Spring and being outdoors as much as possible. 
I did start a new canvas  and only barely managed to get most of the background finished. I decided to try some swirls and drips this time and it takes so much longer to get finished  doing it this way. Having to wait until each little section is dry before starting the next . 
Here it is almost done....
Yes, there's that ever present cup of coffee again. Here is where it's at this point in time...trying to decide if it's done...
 ...and here's a close up of one of the swirl patterns.
Now I need to concentrate on what I'm going to paint and doodle on it  😉
As far as the garden goes I have the straw bales in place now and the conditioning stage has begun. 
I will be adding more bales later for the Sweet potatoes and squash too. Those will be bales I make myself. From grass clippings, leaves and left over straw from last year. 
The strawberries are up and growing like crazy already. 
It seems that I lost the bottom section of plants but it will fill back in real fast. 
The wintersown jugs and other containers are ready to transplant this week. 
At least the broccoli, carrots, cabbage, beets and brussel sprouts that were stared in Feb. are. The tomatoes and peppers won't be ready for a couple of weeks yet. About the same time that the straw bales will be ready for them 😊
The moon rising last night just at nightfall. This was with my phone and I meant to come back out with the real camera and take some good ones... but got distracted when I got inside and totally forgot 😖
Today's Random Thoughts

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  1. I always love your posts and art! Happy T - Day!

  2. Coffee and painting - a good mix! Love the colourful work. You have been very busy in the garden and I love the photo of the bottle tree and the moon, great! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  3. Waiting for paint to dry takes patience for sure.
    Your background is really colorful...it will be fun to see where it goes from here.
    Lovely moon and bottle tree pic Carol!
    Glad you had a productive week in the garden.
    Happy T Day to ya oxo

  4. I don't have room enough to plant in bales, but the process fascinates me and I love seeing your progress. Strawberries, though... Seeing yours tempts me to pot up a few :)

  5. I love your paint swirls, you must be very patient to wait for the colours to dry and the results are amazing! Your garden sounds like it's going to be wonderful again this year :-) . Your thought of the day about choice really speaks to me too! Wishing you a Happy T Day! J :-)

  6. Love all those swirls and drips of colors carol!! And besides the art you must be so happy getting back to the garden and planting again. It sure sounds like it will be a very good crop. Happy T day!

  7. Love seeing your garden getting together. I am hoping to get into mine-finally-by the end of this week or next week.:) And all those colors make me really happy...I think it will be a great piece. :) Happy T day Carol. Hugs-Erika

  8. Goodness, Carol. I tried that swirly thing before and I agree. It takes forever for the paint to dry. But it's definitely looking good. LOVE the mug you showed with it, too.

    Your garden is doing great. I haven't even planted any seeds. I know, I know. I'm really really late this year. But at a workshop, they said not to plant tomatoes and peppers till late May because they don't do well in cool weather. I know that is true from last year, too.

    LOVED the last random thought. I may have to borrow that one

    Thanks for sharing your garden progress, your art progress, and your mug of coffee with us for T this Tuesday.

  9. Intriguing design on your background. I enjoyed seeing your gardening too.

  10. Your abstract painting looks fantastic to me.
    I loved the photos of your garden, you have a lot of things ready for planting out. Our season is much later here in the UK.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

  11. Your painting is looking good -can't wait to see what next! Your garden is going to look great too by the look of progress made! Happy Easter and Happy T day! Chrisx

  12. I sincerely apologize because I added your blog to my left sidebar. I have been wanting to ask if I could, and I must have had a senior moment, because I just added it after you linked today. If you don't want it there, please let me know and I will remove it immediately. Sorry. For some reason, I guess I thought it had always been there, then I realized I had not yet asked.

  13. I am sooo behind with the gardening this year-I decided to plant later but I need to start the seeds pretty soon

  14. Your painting is just amazing...I would probably not have the patience to let it dry long enough and then mess it up totally! can't wait to see what comes next. Your gardening is coming along nicely...happy T day!

  15. Happy T Day

    What a wonderful background you have created and anything against it will look amazing.

    I just love the way you garden and look forward to seeing what happens later.

    Love Chrissie xx

  16. You are going to have a great garden, such a variety! We have strawberry blooms but when the strawberries show up so do the squirrels and they beat us to them. I always love your colors for your canvas. We have been outside a lot and been planting a few things in containers. We have workers here this morning doing a few repairs inside... I will be glad when they are gone! Good Morning!

  17. Wow! That garden is amazing...I am really really impressed with the scope of it. Just thinking about how fresh everything will be is dazzling. Love your paint swirls. It reminds me of marbling. Your quotes are all really great too, lots to inspire. Enjoy the sun. Belated happy Tea day and a wonderful Wednesday.

  18. I can't even imagine what you might put over such a bright colorful "background," Carol. It's a finished work of art by itself!

    I always find food for thought in your random thoughts, Today the Nelson Mandala one really caught me.