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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Three Allium Fairy Sisters

pencil/watercolour/gouache


"Three Allium Fairy Sisters"

Here is my latest fairy painting, featuring the genus - Allium.  I think it is done, although I'm not entirely sure.  Sometimes for me a painting has to be done.  Sometimes I hear that voice in my head that says... if you think your painting is done, it's probably not.  I'm not very fond of that voice.  I suppose a painting could be worked forever, if we wanted it to be.  I reach a point, however, in which it is too much internally to continue and something says, it is time to stop - now!  So this is where I leave the Three Allium Fairy Sisters...for now or maybe forever!  I hope you enjoy!  xx


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Walk Amongst Spring Wildflowers, etc.

How exciting it is to finally dip our little toes into Spring!  I've greatly been enjoying trips to the woodlands and I'm delighted to share with you some of the native northwoods wildflowers I've spotted so far...


One of the first Spring wildflowers to appear are the Spring Beauties (Claytonia virginica).  They are very dainty little plants, with sweet little pink stripes that run along the flower's petals.  The flowers are about the size of a small pinky finger tip.  Another, fun little name that I recently learned for this flower is "Fairy Spuds", rightly named by their little tuberous roots.

"Spring Beauties" a.k.a. "Fairy Spuds"


Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) is such a beautiful plant!  The fruits of the blue cohosh are a very pretty "blue", but are poisonous to ingest.  It's amazing to me how the colour of this plant's flower vary.  Sometimes I've seen the petals as light yellow and here, they take on a very purplish/blue hue.  The roots are used medicinally.


"Blue Cohosh" Flowers

"Blue Cohosh" Leaves


I love the mottled leaves of the Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum).  This is such an elusive wildflower to photograph!  Rarely, am I able to take one that isn't blurry - I do wonder about that!

"Yellow Trout Lily"


Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) a.k.a "Wake Robin" is a protected wildflower in Michigan (as really ALL wildflowers should be - I believe).


"Trillium"

Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria).  Perhaps it was once the fashion?  : )


"Dutchman's Breeches"

Ooh...one of my favourites (and I know I shouldn't)!  I jump with joy at the sight of this wildflower.  Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum).  The fruit of this plant is a clump of red, poisonous berries, spotted in the Autumn.


"Jack-in-th-Pulpit"


Smooth Soloman's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum)

"Smooth Soloman's Seal"

Large-Flowered Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)


"Large-Flowered Bellwort"

Broadleaf Toothwort (Dentaria diphylla).  The scent of this plant's little flowers is delectable!


"Broadleaf Toothwort"


Fringed Polygala (Polygala paucifolia) a.k.a. "Gaywings".  Happily taking flight along the forest floor.


"Fringed Polygala"

Wild Strawberry Blossoms (Fragaria virginiana)

"Wild Strawberry Blossoms"

Although not a wildflower, but a dear and beloved Fungus!  I found one of my favourite mushrooms on the trail, called Pixie Cups.  They are so teeny tiny, and always give me the most wondrous smile inside.


"Pixie Cups"

Fern Frond.  A magical sight to behold.

"Fern Frond"

Beetle

"Beetle Juice, Beetle Juice, Beetle Juice"

Green Man!


"The Green Man"

I do hope you've enjoyed taking this little wildflower blog walk with me.  There are so many other wildflowers yet to be found, and many from year's past that I have not included, as it just seems right to share my current adventure finds.  The sharing is such a joyful and significant part of all that I do, and I thank you for being here to share it with me!  

Yours in Wildflower Bliss,

T xx


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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Art Show Happenings...

Goodness!  The sun is shining and the flowers are blooming, and the Art Shows are on their way!  I thought I'd share a little post to let you know when and where I will be with my art this summer.  I've been working on little felt friends lately, and will be bringing them along to this weekend's upcoming May Day Celebration at Sacred Sparks in East Jordan, Michigan - Happening this Saturday, 9 May 2015.  This is a family-friendly event, with May Pole dancing and most likely lots of bubbles!  I do hope to see you there.
www.sacredsparks.com



"Mushroom Girl"  needle-felted, 100% ethically harvested and treated wool

"Mermaid Girl" needle-felted, 100% ethically harvested and treated wool


Other Art Show dates include:


Summer Art Show
Sat. & Sun. 27 & 28 June 
Charlevoix, Michigan

Women’s Club Nubs Nob Art Fair 
Wednesday, 8 July 
Harbor Springs, Michigan

Portside Arts Fair
Sat. & Sun. 1 & 2 August
East Jordan, Michigan

I imagine I will have a few more to post as the seasons change.  I will be sure to add them to my website:  www.snowfairycottage.com  and will also post to my facebook page, which I have reluctantly just reopened:  www.facebook.com/snowfairycottage

I do hope you've been enjoying your Spring (and Autumn)!
With Love & Blessings, 

T