Still Working on my Photography Closeups

I have been practicing my close ups again. This time my African Violets are the subject instead of our little dog Annika.
In a previous post I showed you an African Violet pot I was making in my slip casting class. Here is the pot which has now been fired with color on it. The color is more vibrant due to the firing. Today I painted it with a clear glaze and it will go back in the kiln for a final firing.  Next time you see it, the pot will be shiny and sporting a beautiful African Violet. No classes next week because of spring break, so I’ll have to wait two weeks to see the finished product. I can hardly wait to show you.

A Trip to the Local Garden Nursery


It’s Thursday which means it’s Artist Date Day. In my last post I showed the African Violet Pot I’m making in my slip casting class, and even though it will be a couple of weeks before I finish the project, I thought it would be fun to select a new plant. A visit to the local nursery would also be the perfect place for this week’s Artist date,  because it’s certainly colorful and has a creative atmosphere. Both are requisites for an Artist Date.

I love the green house at the nursery where they keep the African violets and orchids. Here are only three of the many gorgeous plants I saw while browsing.
It’s a good thing that I traveled by motorcycle and not car today, or else I would have come home with more than just the one African Violet.
After this lovely white orchid I’ll leave you with a splash of color.
It really was the perfect place to go for this week’s Artist Date.

Don’t be Afraid to Treat Yourself

orchid-close-upThis is a closeup of a miniature orchid that I recently bought myself. I’ve read how we shouldn’t be afraid to treat ourselves to something special. Something that brings us happiness and a good feeling inside. I love the brightness of colorful flowers in the house. This is one of the reasons I’ve always grown  African Violets. None of my violets are blooming right now and I was really missing the color. While grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s recently I spotted this beautiful plant and put it in my cart right then and there. It’s been on our kitchen window sill ever since, and still looks beautiful. Below is a photo of one of my African Violets when it was flowering earlier this year.

African-violet-1Since I purchased the miniature orchid, my African Violets are all starting to bud, and before long I will have a window sill alive with color. I can’t wait and will probably post a photo of that too. So, remember, don’t be afraid to treat yourself every once in awhile.