2018 Spring Ironwood Tree Blossoms- Black and White Photos

Earlier this week, I talked about the Ironwood tree blossom photographs I took this past spring. For today’s post, I wanted to share the Ironwood blossom photographs that I converted to black and white.

The photographs in this post are the last photographs I took of the 2018 spring blossoms. I’m sad I do not have more to share, but I’m happy I have photographs of the blossoms I feel comfortable sharing on my blog!

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

October 2016 Flower Photos

In a post last week, I talked about having so many posts backlogged that I decided to make two posts a week for a while, but last week my cold came back so I stopped working on my Inktober sketches and most of my blog posts so I could rest more. Because of this, I will be making only one post this week. Also, next week will be busy for me so there will be only one post that week as well. I hope by the end of next week I finished my Inktober sketches and can make a post dedicated to the sketches from week 3 and 4. 🙂

This week I’m doing something a little different from art and sewing, I’m going to talk about photos I took last week of flowers!

Before I became too ill to go out for anything besides work, I went to the downtown area in my local town and to a mall I used to go to a lot when I was in college. I don’t normally take photos of my town, mostly because I don’t have a reason to, but I did last week because there was supposed to be a parade. While taking pictures of the decorations in downtown for the parade, I took pictures of the flowers that grew in flower boxes on the sidewalk as well.

After I took photos of downtown, I went to a mall I used to go to when I was in college. I got some great photos of the mall and the buildings there, but I want to go back and take some more. As for the photos of the flowers, they turned out well. Here are a few of them…

Most of the flowers are found in the downtown area of my town, but there are a few from the mall. The mall’s flowers weren’t that impressive, but I found a few blossoms nice enough to take photos of.

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed my post!

2016 Orange Tree Blossom

Last week I posted about this year’s peach blossoms. This week’s post will be about the orange tree blossoms.

The blossoms on my orange tree are never as large, attention grabbing, or spectacular looking as the peach tree’s blossoms, but what they lack in looks they make up for in their sent. In previous years, the orange trees did not smell when the blossomed, but this year they did! I like the smell of orange tree blossoms, so to walk outside and smell the trees made me very happy.

Since the orange tree blossoms are not as nice to look at, I only took a few photos of the blossoms. Actually, I only took four.

I keep telling myself that next year I’ll take more photos of the orange tree blossoms, but I never do. Sometimes the blossoms don’t look “perfect” enough to take a photo of them, other times there aren’t enough blossoms to take photos of. Still, I hope next year I’ll take more photos of the orange tree blossoms.

Thank you for reading!

Black Paper Sketches

A few weeks ago, I bought a book of black drawing paper on sale. I’ve seen artist online draw on colored paper before, but I never thought about trying to draw on colored paper myself. Since I wanted to expand my drawing skills, I decided to try to draw on it!

When I brought the paper home, I didn’t know how I’d like drawing on it or if any of my drawings turned out well. Fortunately, I really like drawing on it and my drawings turned out better than I thought they would. I don’t want to sell prints of the drawings, but it was a good practice!

Since I drew several drawings, I decided to clump them into one big post instead of spread them out over many posts. (It also encourages me to draw more original art and not depend on my old art for blog posts!)

For the first few drawings I used only about five (Or six? I don’t remember the exact number.) colored pencils. I didn’t do it on peruse, I misplaced the rest of my colored pencils and couldn’t find them until days latter. I thought about delaying drawing on the black paper until I found the pencils, but I thought it might be interesting to see how many drawings I could make with only five (Or six.) colors. I ended up drawing four drawings before I had to stop due to distractions.

The first one was a flower…

black paper sketch flower 3 Continue reading “Black Paper Sketches”

2015 Spring Blossoms- The March 6th Version

It’s that time of year when I make a post of all the flowers and blossoms I find near my house. The plants began to blossom a few weeks ago, but they slowly began to get more and more flowers. Since I’m not sure how much they’ll blossom this year, I decided to take photos before they either fall off or the plants die.

I’m sure there will be other plants blossoming in the future but I’m not sure when that will happen. Once it happens, I’ll take more photos and make another post with the new photos.

All the photos in this post was taken on March 6, 2015. (Thus why this post is “The March 6th Version”) All the photos are linked from Flickr and, when clicked on, the photos will take you to the photo on Flickr.

I only got photos of two blossoms near my house. The first blossom the brittle bush blossoms…

March 2015 Nature Photos

March 2015 Nature Photos

And the last are the peach tree blossoms…

March 2015 Nature Photos

March 2015 Nature Photos

March 2015 Nature Photos

March 2015 Nature Photos

March 2015 Nature Photos

March 2015 Nature Photos

March 2015 Nature Photos

March 2015 Nature Photos

March 2015 Nature Photos

March 2015 Nature Photos

March 2015 Nature Photos

March 2015 Nature Photos

March 2015 Nature Photos

As you can see, I took more photos of the peach tree blossoms compared to the brittle bush blossoms. This is because the brittle bush are still sparse with blossoms compared to the peach trees. The peach trees always have more blossoms, but I was hoping the brittle bushes would have more blossoms than they have right now. Maybe next week they’ll be in full bloom.

I’m also waiting for the cactus to blossom. The saguaros don’t blossom till May but there are barrel and other cactus that bloom earlier in the year. I saw one cactus starting to grow buds, but the growing has been slow so I don’t expect them to flower for at least a good two weeks. Maybe a little longer.

Well, that’s about it for my blossom photos from March 6th! Thank you for reading!


Rose Bouquet Painting

Earlier this year I entered one of Spoonflower’s weekly contests. The theme was to create a floral picture that can be colored like a coloring book. I entered, lost, and loved the picture I entered so much I began to color it.

That was back in April and it’s already November. What delayed finishing the painting was part loosing the partially colored file and part switching computers and paint programs. Now that I have my new computer up and running with Photoshop and I re-found the file, I thought it was about time I sat down and finished it.

Here it is completely colored….

001k colorversion finished signed scaled web

I colors in Gimp when I stopped. I don’t remember why I stopped, but I did. All I really needed to do was color the leaves, add the background, and it was done. It was so close to done and I stopped! ARG! Anyway, it’s done and that’s what matters.

The painting is available for sale on Redbubble and Society6. Right now it’s not for sale on Spoonflower, but I hope to have it for sale by the end of the year. (I’m waiting to do a bulk order of swatches and the other fabric designs I’m making are not done.)

Spring Blossoms 2014 Part 2 of 2

Believe it or not, I did find the time to take photos of more blossoms around my house! I’m kind of shocked by this because I decided to ignore my sewing, drawing, other crafts, and my normal job to go for long walks in the desert. (I was actually procrastinating, but hey! I’ve got pretty photos out of it! XD)

Unlike with my first post, I don’t know all the names of the plants I took photos of. I did take photos of a saguaro cactus that is blossoming a month early. I thought this was a problems for that particular cactus only, but after taking more walks I found more saguaros that are growing blossoms a month early. I’m unsure what that means, and the people I know that know about desert plants aren’t sure what that means. I hope it means the cactus detect cooler weather is coming soon, but I don’t think that will happen. I can’t help but hope! 😀

So far I haven’t submitted my photos to any of my print shop accounts and I’m unsure if I will. (We’ll see) Some of the photographs will be come fabric designs, but for now they’re not for sale right now.

Anyway, enjoy the blossoms! 😀

048b 049b Continue reading “Spring Blossoms 2014 Part 2 of 2”

Experimenting with Watercolors

A few months ago, one of my favorite artist, Megan Lara, sold a few original watercolor paintings. Although this really isn’t something I’d normally make a post on my blog about, sans if I make a post about the art that inspires me or what hangs on my sewing room’s walls, her watercolor paintings inspired me to attempt to paint with watercolors. I tried to paint with watercolors many years ago, but that didn’t end up very well. In spite being really inspired by her art, it wasn’t until I saw Takmaj and Nicolas Jolly’s watercolor paintings on DeviantART when I finally decided I should give watercolors another try.

The first painting I did with watercolors is of a woman with red hair…

Watercolors, lead pencil, and colored pencils on watercolor paper.
Watercolors, lead pencil, and colored pencils on watercolor paper.

The picture above is a scan of the painting. The real painting looks like this…


It turned out good, but I’m disappointed the red in my paint set was more a light red/pink than a deeper, dark red. I was hoping the red was darker, but I’m glad I know now. Continue reading “Experimenting with Watercolors”

Peach Blossoms 2013- Trees in Full Bloom

Almost a week after I took the first photos of the peach blossoms, more blossoms appeared all over the tree making them look pink and very lovely.

Here are some of the photos (and comments when I feel it is necessary to include them) I took between March 14 through March 20…

Continue reading “Peach Blossoms 2013- Trees in Full Bloom”