Obstruction of Justice House – Heidleburg Project Detroit, a photo by photographerpainterprintmaker on Flickr.
One of the most interesting houses at the Heidleburg Project burned down early this morning, Friday May 3rd, 2013. Authorities say the fire started around 3:30 am. Neighbors called in to report the blase.
I visited the project last fall when I attended a gallery crawl that toured many galleries in the greater Detroit area.
If you have Facebook you can view a video about the project here.
Yesterday we cleaned up the front garden. My hydrangea bush had some incredible blooms on it this year. It was a joy to bring these inside. I found a lovely spot for them in my office. The background is a section of my abstract watercolour/rice paper collage which measures 40 3/4″ x 49 3/4″.
When I was a child we had two very large lilac bushes in our backyard. Every spring I would cut lilacs from these bushes and bring them in for my mother. She would go to the china cabinet and pull out this vase to hold them. Little did I know that this piece of American pottery was anything special. It is Red Wing RumRill art deco pottery with the number 629 on the base. The crochet table runner was made by my mother.
This was one of my final BFA pieces. My classmates, I’m sure, didn’t appreciate having to hop over this painting every day in order to get to their studio’s. I had to lay it on the floor with fans drying the large pools of watercolour. This process would take hours.
I love it because it was one of those pieces that I pushed beyond the breaking point and brought back. I thought it was trash, but my professor Adele Duck made me work it to death, or should I say back to life. I think I learned more on this one failed painting than in all my other works combined. Thank you Adele!
I photographed this in natural light. It’s a bit grainy because it is a cloudy day.
Today found us doing a bit of Urban sketching. Even though Hyram Walker’s Distillery is now owned by Wisers, no one in Windsor calls the plant Wisers. Walkerville will always be Walkerville. Anyway, in our group the Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Society we are starting to try out themes for our paint out locations. Todays them was Urban Sketching, or street scenes. I thought I’d try a bit different composition. Not sure how successful this particular subject was, but I will try it again sometime soon.
Monday’s paint out may have been rained out, but the trip to Chatham was well worth it! We had to reschedule for the 7th. What made my day was the opportunity to leisurely stroll though Peter Moffat’s incredible woodland garden with my camera. One of the ladies had very sharp eyes, and spotted an incredible patch of morel’s. I could not have been more excited. I was able to take a few home. Today I made lunch with one of them.
1 morel cleaned and sliced
2 eggs beaten
A splash of milk
2 pats salted butter
1 clove minced garlic
1 sliced shallot
Sprinkle Parmesan cheese
Salt & fresh ground pepper
Saute veggies in butter a bit
Slide to one side of pan
Gently pour in beaten eggs
Sprinkle on Parmesan cheese
When almost set fold omelet.
Let set up a bit more
Plate and enjoy!
Monday, was a blustery day out in Essex county, but in Greg Iler’s woodlot you would hardly know it. All around the lot barren fields lost their precious topsoil to the angry wind. On the woodlot floor the Trillium’s were sheltered from these gale force winds. The tall slender trees creaked around us as they swayed in the wind that forced its way through their canopy. The occasional small branch would fall victim, and come plummeting into a bed of white, purple and blue wild flowers. Not wanting one of these wayward branches to knock us out, we quickly captured these beauties in their brief spring show. Thank you Greg, for showing us this beautiful sight.
35 International Sketch Crawl. Dieppe Park/Detroit River from the Windsor Side., a photo by photographerpainterprintmaker on Flickr.
The sketch crawl started out cold, (-1 C or 30 F) cloudy, and breezy (26 km/h or 16m/h out of the north). Brrrr. When I left it was partly cloudy, a balmy 7 C or 44 F with winds at 30 Km/h or 18 Mp/h out of the NE. It’s no wonder everyone left early. I managed to find a cozy spot though… in my car! I actually think I got a lovely sketch out of what would have been a lost day.
YAY!! Post #100!
What an incredibly mild winter we’ve had. I’ve not been out to check my garden in a few weeks, but I swear these little guys called to me. COME LOOK! We bring JOY! They sure do bring joy. It is the promise of winter’s end, and springs new life. Every year I thank God for giving us these little promises.
This is my favorite photo of myself, and my grandson. I could choose no other song to accompany this page but a relatively obscure song by Cat Stevens, I’ve got a thing about seeing my grandson grow. Have a listen!
Oh, and no watercolour was harmed in the making of this picture. But harm did come to some unfortunate Prismacolor Brush tip markers. :P