Mar 14

Last week I left town to take care of 3 of my grand-dogs and house sit for my younger daughter and her husband.   I take my camera everywhere but I only took a few pictures of flowers in the garden, no dog pictures the entire weekend.  David stays home with our critters while I have a mini vacation at our daughter’s home.

I took my knitting, current book and watercolors but I hardly touched my watercolors and never opened my book.  I did knit while the the TV was on, we don’t have television reception at our home.  I always think it’ll be great to watch whatever I want but the sorry truth is that there’s hardly anything interesting to watch.

I did have the pleasure of spending lots of time with my older daughter while I was there.    After enjoying one evening drinking and visiting, I  spent the next day recovering.  I wallowed in being able to vegetate in front of the television with the dogs or soak up the sun on the patio.  I had thought I’d take a ride in the foothills to see the progress of the wildflowers but never did.

I started a watercolor study of Shirley poppies while house sitting, which I finished painting today.  The vivid color, papery petals and grey green leaves were too inspiring to leave them be.  I took several macro photographs then moved on to sketching them in pencil before painting with watercolours.

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Watercolour study.  10×14 inches

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When I was at my daughters’ a few weeks ago for an appointment, this little guy was in her Crepe Myrtle tree.  He was alone in the Crepe Myrtle again during my visit.  I’ve learned he’s a Western Yellow-rumped Warbler.  I also enjoyed watching a pair of Scrub Jays building a nest in the orange tree.

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4 Responses to “Four Days of House/Grand-dog Sitting”

  1. Michelle says:

    I think your watercolor study of the poppies will look great in my kitchen. Thanks. :)

  2. Michelle says:

    P.S. No pictures from Macy’s birthday?? She is your favorite…

  3. I know!! I’m a terrible Grandmother.

  4. You’re welcome. I’ll bring it with me the next time I’m down.

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