I recently visited the beautiful Detroit Garden Works. A garden shop of distinction, with beautiful sculpture, wonderful plant combinations and tons of amazing treats for a passionate gardner to drool over.
Here are a few photos from my visit:
These large concrete fruits greet you as you pass through the gate. They would look so cool in my garden!
Below is Deborah’s dog, Milo. Read a post from Deborah’s blog about him here.
Deborah’s dog, Milo, relaxing at the shop.
So many beautiful antique urns to choose from. Some are French antiques.
Strawberries and grapes – growing together in the same pot.
Me and Milo
I brought one of these cool garden stakes home with me!
Milo again – he’s quite the personality.
I’ll take one of each please
A fountain covered in baby tears plant
I love how the plants complement each other in this planter.
I even had the opportunity to meet the owner Deborah Silver. The shop lives up to its tagline: Where Passionate Gardeners come to shop!
Watercolor on paper placed outside in freezing temperatures while still wet- ice crystals form and remain in the paint.
“Frozen Landscape I” by Judy Beck Lobos
“Frozen Landscape II” by Judy Beck Lobos
Frozen Landscape III by Judy Beck Lobos
I was excited when several years ago, a woman I didn’t know, contacted me about including one of my sketches, Autumn Tree, in a book she was writing. Priscilla Vernier is her name and her book, Notes ‘n Quotes, has just been published.
This awesome book can be read up, down, across, forward and backward!
“Discover The Playful Art…of word symmetry.
Allow….your imagination to freely travel.
Read…. between the lines bouncing across the page.
As Well As….down each page occasionally arriving with more than one message.”
It’s a wonderfully unique book and makes a thoughtful gift.
If you’d like to purchase a book, please contact Priscilla by email at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or on her Facebook page.
One of my wild giant twig bird’s nest purchased by Lulubelle Photography. Here are a few of her VERY special photographs!
Painting outside this past weekend – It’s summer and it’s hot! But, it sure feels great to be out in the fresh air. Lots of bugs everywhere though — I painted some just for the practice and I filled the page.
(SOLD) “Bug Collection” 15 x 23 inches watercolor by Judy Beck Lobos
Here’s another with a few vegetables thrown in…
Pull up a chair and join me in the garden.
The “Native Plants in the Landscape” conference at Millersville University offered a workshop taught by Landscape architect David Hughes. He taught us how to create miniature chairs made with invasive trees and plants gathered from the woods.
I wasn’t speedy enough to complete my chair during the workshop, so I took it home in pieces. I finally completed the project.
The Little Chair
Mr. Gray with The Little Chair
I split long, leathery yucca leaves into long strips and wove them to create the seat. The yucca leaves are flexible and strong.
“Garden fairies come at dawn,
Bless the flowers then they’re gone.”
Now they will have a chair to sit upon!
I’m teaching a Japanese Brush Painting Class. These are the works of my students.
The class is really “getting it” and it is exciting to see. This week we studied the “Plum Blossom”.
As a “friend of winter,” the plum blossom most vividly represents the value of endurance. In the midst of winter, before snow melts and the swallow returns, plum trees blossom onto the barren landscape, bracing the harshness of winter and reminding us that spring will come. Celebrated here is the vitality of life, endurance through hardship, and hope that life will regenerate.
I painted these sketches on hand-made paper for a friend. She is making a book for a gift and wanted a sketch for the cover. It was really fun to paint with watercolor and ink on this paper– it’s got such a nice texture to it and the paint and ink soaked right into it –in a nice way.
This sweet little kitten has appeared in my garden. She’s been here for about 2 weeks now. She’s very fun-loving– plays with the leaves on my back porch and tries to make friends with other neighborhood cats. She’s been shy at first, but now comes up to my feet to play when I flip a feather or leaf back and forth.
Update Feb 2012 –I’ve been feeding her kitten food so she’s very healthy. She’s been to the vet, has been spayed and she will let me pet her now. A very happy playful kitten!
Anyone out there interested in adopting a new friend?
Update March 2012–She’s been adopted!!!!!! ’October’, the little kitten that lived in our yard for the 3rd through 8th month of her life, is now living with her new family. A friend of one of my co-workers adopted her — They’ve renamed her “Callie O” (O for October!) she’s doing well and enjoying the company of Pepper, her 2 year old kitty sister! I am totally thrilled!!!! THANK GOD FOR FRIENDS!!!
Below: Callie O (formerly known as October) with her new sister Pepper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
….Getting comfortable on the sofa!
Callie O, all grown up! 2013 photo.
Best Buds! Callie O (October) and Pepper