Sunday, September 13, 2009

WHITE DEVIL AND THE CARROTS ...

I know Halloween must be right around the corner ...

A little white devil has been haunting my work table

and playing tricks with my computer ...

The carrots are monstrous

and are costumed in strange colors ...

I guess it's time for a Trick-or-Treat Giveaway!

Better stay tuned ...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

STRANGE ENCOUNTERS ...

I love to drive on the little country roads around here ...

I love to discover new paths when I get lost ... There always seem to be surprises and treats along their way...

And I am a big sucker for simple eye treasures that make my heart beat faster than on a roller coaster ride!

For instance, I decided a couple of days ago to visit an older gardening center to buy unusual bulbs to plant in the potager this fall. I got inside the antique greenhouse but there was nobody around. I walked to another much smaller building just beside it and when I open the door, I came face to face with ... the Devil !

Isn't he wonderful and scarry and weird?

I would love to have him poised among ferns and flowers in my garden!

Yesterday, Ulysse wanted to try his brand new metal detector so, of course, we needed something similar to a beach to scavenge. So we decided to go to a new secluded spot on Lake Champlain where we had never been before.

We stopped on our way to pick an unusual plant growing in the ditch. And we heard water ... We found a little path leading to the nearby woods and arrived at this spectacular spot where the White stream weaves through the forest in a bed of rocks under a canopy of huge trees.

Ulysse looked like a tiny creature in the land of giants. The light was beautiful and the moment perfect.

We then continued our drive to the lake and walked the shores for a couple of hours, finding bits of metal here and there, nothing spectacular, but enough to mount together in an interesting assemblage.

The sun was going down fast so we decided to turn back but just before we spotted something strange in the distance. We couldn't figure out what it was so we ran to it ...

What an incredible sight!

And so a propos with Halloween not far away...

A fish skeleton had gotten caught on a rock in the water with dried seaweed attached to the remnant of its tail. Perfectly perched there with the sunset in the background!

Nature will never cease to amaze me ...

And I know that wherever I go, there will always be surprises, beautiful moments and amazing scenes to add to my collection of exquisite souvenirs ...

Saturday, September 5, 2009

IT'S ALL THEIR FAULT ! ! ! (Part Three)

Please bear with me a little longer ...
I am almost running out of excuses as to why I haven't stayed in my studio in August ...

Some stuff needed to be done, things that couldn't wait ... The latin-colored peppers needed to be picked and roasted and smelled and packed in olive oil and not eaten right away ...

The eggs kept on appearing daily, rain or shine, like giant pearls of all shades and tones, marvels of nature that once cracked open and eaten and broken in tiny bits are fed again to the chicken as calcium supplement ...

The true blue of the morning glories got so bright that after having looked at their flowers up close for too long I could no longer appreciate other colors for a while ...

And the gourds ! They grew so fast on my old metal tent (which travelled to Mexico 3 times) frame that it soon turned out into a "green" house. And standing under it made me feel like a leprechaun ...

The flowers grew so dense and so tall in the garden

that if it weren't for the feathers left behind to mark his path

I would have never found my beautiful rooster the-mean-man Jello hiden in there ...

And the grape-tomatoes, so ripe and so orange and so sweet ! There were so numerous on the vines that I started counting them one day and it afterbreakfast and by midnight I was still not done ...

So what do you do with so many tiny tomatoes? Simple! You slice them in two, lay them side by side on cookie sheets and dry them in the oven at the lowest temperature for hours until they become wrinkled, chewy and incredible flavourful. Then, you packed them in jars covered in olive oil and store them with the roasted peppers !

The pears were blushing ...

The artichokes were pointing their heads ...

Ulysse melted bee's wax outside on the fire and made hand-dipped candles and no way I was going to miss the show, my so-creative son working with another new contraption of his own ...

And other gardening friends had to be visited and some time had to be spent sipping tea under the plum tree ...

Even the smallest friends needed attention, especially the ones that I will no longer see once the cold months arrive ...
I feel better now ...

Now that you know that I meant to paint and blog and work in my studio ...

Now that you know that I have missed you all but that I just had too many Augusty things to do !

I am back working in my creation room, doing assemblages with treasures found during summer, finishing commissioned assignements, sewing and doodling tons of sketches on paper...

And it's so much fun !

I promise ! I will have a few new paintings available in a few weeks !

Thursday, September 3, 2009

IT'S ALL THEIR FAULT ! ! ! (Part Two)

Even the hens and the rooster wanted to get inside and do some serious work !

But I kept on being disturbed ...

I swear !

I tried my best to stay in my studio !

Luigi, the newly adopted abandonned cat, or if you prefer, feline numero 5, kept on begging to be hugged and held and admired and played with and loved ...

There was also the ceremony of the Ripe Wheat Cutting to attend to a few weeks ago presided by the Master Farmer himself, Sir Ulysse ...

And I was watched ! Constantly watched ! Night and day !

And the sky! How could I marvel at the sunsets through the ceiling ? You need a cinemascope-view of it to throughly appreciate its mood swings ...

And our house ! My beautiful, my pretty, my very own fairy-tale house ! You had to be outside to view the entrance, embedded with flowers of all kinds and so colorful...

My piece of paradise ...

My heaven ...

All these beauties needed be tended and watered and clipped. And more than anything else, they needed to be admired and smelled ...

And I just could not leave St-Joseph all by himself, so much work to do watching over the eggplants, the banana sapplings, the basil, the habanero chilis ... I had to give him a hand !

And above all, I had to stop and take the time to marvel at a single brigh-pink dahlia and be thankful for all this beauty and serenety surrounding my home every day ...

You see?

It's not my fault I have been away from my blog for so long ...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

IT'S ALL THEIR FAULT ! ! ! (Part One)

The zinnias were so bold and so sure of themselves that I could not pass by them without looking at their face up close ...

I know ... I have not written one word on my blog in the month of August ... But I have missed sharing my words, my art and my images with you guys! It's not my fault !!!

Everything and everyone kept on screaming for attention !

Ulysse's corn was growing so fast that we feared the stalks would punch holes in the sky !

The entrance to the garden got so crowded with vegetation of all kinds that we feared someone might get trap there and be lost forever ...

The hay bales in the fields were so round and so perfect that if we did not watch over them they might have rolled down the hills ...

The immortelles, as we call them in French, were so pretty and so colorful and so dainty that we needed to gather them in big bouquets so we could keep them inside forever ...

Strange little creatures kept appearing here and there, even on the pool side, and without this snapshot we could have thought we saw this one in a previous life when we lived in the Amazon forest ...

And the monardas ! They were so red, so attractive, so amazing all together that we needed to touch their petals to verify that they were real and not plastic !

It's not my fault !!!