Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

New Bloggedy Goodness

My talented buddy Julie Fortenberry and I have started a new blog called Prints and Posters for Children, where we'll highlight prints of our own work and those of other illustrators that we love. Check it out!

(Here are some of Julie's prints.)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Crazy Garden Lady Returns

It was sunny and close to 70° here this past weekend! I spent both days completely overdoing the physical thing in the vegetable garden. But it felt so good to work outside after a long winter... a perfect antidote to long hours at the drawing table.

The plot we started last year was a mess of brambles and roots-- and a complete nightmare to clear. (Just ask my back.) We dug every inch by hand.

This year, not as bad. Tall, ugly deer fence in place. (It really works!)

I managed to turn over half of the soil, amending it as I went with peat moss, lime, our homemade compost, and dried up chicken manure. (Good to have chicken-raising friends!) I planted a few rows of peas, spinach, kale, turnips, and radishes. It's early in the season, but these are cool weather crops, and I'll take the chance.

I'm using the 1977 version of "Crockett's Victory Garden" as a guide this year. (It belonged to my grandmother. I love finding her handwriting inside!) It's a wonderful book, because it follows the gardening season month by month. (Though the author drenches almost everything with Diazinon. Yikes! No thanks.)

The husband made this handy-dandy planting board, one of the many great ideas in the book. It's notched every 6 inches to help space plants evenly when planting. The bottom edge is beveled to make a nice little groove in the soil for seeds.

I decided it might be smart to actually write down what and when I plant this year. (Duh!)

With a little luck we'll end up with something like below come summertime. This was last year's bounty. Pretty darn good considering it was our first year growing vegetables, and a crummy one weather-wise for gardens here in the Northeast.

Oh, this is my super-dorky gardening hat. (That sun is really strong!) You'll have to pay a lot of money if you want to see an actual photo of me wearing it...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Can You Say, Garden Time?

This is the finished garden map that I was (ironically) working on back in January. (With the help of my trusty assistant.)

Here we are March 18th in Connecticut, AND IT'S SUPPOSED TO HIT 70° FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS! (Sorry, I had to shout!)

Garden, here I come!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Art History 101

An old* friend of mine posted this on her Facebook page this weekend. I think it's going viral in blogland.

(*Old, as in, I've known her since she helped hire me for my first job out of art school back in the prehistoric days of magazine publishing, when we ruled mechanical boards by hand, spec'd type for entire issues with our eyes closed, and ran reams of paper through wax machines. What strong, hard-working women we were!)