Lily Pond in Motion, January Paintings

I’m not entirely sure these 2 paintings are complete. But I think they are.

This is   LILY POND IN MOTION. Lily Pond In Motion, center top

I wanted to get a feel for a pond and those mystic flowers, the water lilies that bob the surface. Or maybe it’s of gently still cove waters, moved by air and slight currents between sun and shade, some fallen branches always at a pond’s curving ends and middles. Sometimes you get into a painting and it keeps going, you keep finding changes to make, a different tilt and flow, shadows move around…this is that to me now, maybe something to keep on painting for a year.Lily Pond in Motion, right detail

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This is  FLOWER IN VASE, AGAINST BLUE.Flower Against Blue, full

This is a fairly large canvas.  The thought here was strong foreground color, but sort of telescopic in that Flower Against Blue, centered, detailthe center is focused…then the edges fade off into whatever is back there in all that cobalt blue whispering sweet nothings and seducing the bloom out of the vase.Flower Against Blue, detailand off it goes……..

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Winken, Blinken, and Nod One Night…..


Angel Boy, aloneDetail, The Angel Boy, (above) From

The Winken, Blinken, and Nod One Night Child’s Illustrated Headboard (or Wall Hanging)

For Sale, For a Child’s Christmas

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Winken, Blinken, Nod, FullONE OF A KIND, MOST UNIQUE

OVAL, OIL PAINTING ON BOARD, 36 by 24 inches 


Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe —
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”
The old moon asked the three.
“We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!”
Said Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in that beautiful sea —
“Now cast your nets wherever you wish —
Never afeard are we”;
So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam —
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home;
‘Twas all so pretty a sail it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought ’twas a dream they’d dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea —
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one’s trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

by American writer and poet 

Eugene Field, published March 9, 1889. Originally titled Dutch Lullaby.

Alice in Wonderland’s Overcoat

Alice in Wonderland’s Overcoat

Part of the joys of gardening is perpetual surprise. You just never know. You are after all dealing with feral life in many ways, which has some level of tolerance for obliging the outsider’s whim…..but only if it likes you. I know Bonzai whipped into line and I cry when I see them because they remind me of my childhood. I want to be encouraging living things to take off into unbridled whatever.

I got my wish.

In early Spring I went to the nursery and selected out a sweet, small, prettily configured Dusty Miller. I planted it in front of a very dark hedge, which is growing into something resembling a dragon (may take a while).  I estimated by mid-summer I’d have a lovely row of Dusty Millers all silver and gently splayed out leaves with its mustardy yellow flowers. Lovely plant. This is the standard Dusty Miller (above) looking small and cute as a garden edger.  (

Never grows higher than about a foot or two, guaranteed.

W H O O P S ! ! !

Alice in Wonderland OvercoastThe Sparhawk Dusty Miller Gone Mad, Which is in my Garden called

Alice In Wonderland’s  Overcoat

Copy (2) of Alice in Wonderland Overcoast In NO time at all it was not just shooting up but out, heading in unanticipated directions, up about seven feet tall, eight feet wide by July.  Shocking !  Fabulous !  Jack in the beanstalky………Not Dusty MillerIt has not only continued to branch out upwards and along the ground, but then, on it’s uppermost crown, produced a small bouquet of bright purple thistles.                        (courtesy “Elephant’s Eye” Garden Blog)

I discover I have the South African version of Dusty Miller, which makes a purple thistle instead of the yellow flower, and does indeed grow en extremus when given the chance. On the Central Coast, with our rare Mediterranean climate, we have a lot of happy South African and Australian plants. 

Well, me….I adore excess. Flora bunda bunda cowabunga, my cup of tea.  It may be an accident or it may be because I’m getting good at this!

As for Alice In Wonderland’s Overcoat Miller, it seems to be fond of Pavorotti performing Verdi. 

                         Thank you. Thank you very much. Thumbnail image for IMG_1812.JPG                                 Good thumb. I am very proud.Copy of Copy of DSCF2378Sparhawk The Proud Gardener Who Made a 2 ft. Plant Grow 7 Feet And Counting


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