Showing posts from June, 2013

Kitty Princess Painting in Progress

I'm currently doing some touch-ups on paintings I assumed were finished. I've been so inundated the past few years with the college search for my daughter that my some of my paintings didn't get tidied up quite as much as I would have liked. I simply didn't have the energy to go around.
So I'm going back to some of the work of the past two years and polishing them. The painting above is fine now, but I will post the finished product after I'm done with it. The tiger kitten head is sharper and has more contrast than the dress. I'll at least address that, and see what else grabs me. 
Finished product on the way...

The Daylily Hybridizing Process

Here's how my daylily hybridizer husband makes new hybrids of daylilies. The seedling above is a cross between the flower "Harold Thomas" (named after Scott's father) and Cimarron Rose, a flower produced by Jeff Saulter. A seedling is a flower that has not yet been introduced. Introducing a daylily names it and registers it the the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS).

Scott gets up with the sun to beat the bees to the plants. He uses a cotton swab to make crosses.

In this case, he takes pollen from Cimarron Rose.
Then he places the pollen on Harold Thomas.

He then labels the tag with the pollen parent, and ties it to the base of the flower with an indication of the cross he made.

After a couple of weeks the plants develop seed pods.

 After 8 weeks or so, he harvests the seeds and saves them for planting.

He makes metal labels for the new plants with soda cans. They won't degrade or fade over time.

He makes holes in each label through which he will thread a wir…

Art from the Heart

"Go Ask Alice"  36" x 36"  Oil on Board
This painting was auctioned off at Art From The Heart fundraiser last night, benefitting Studio by the Tracks, a working art studio for people with autism in Birmingham. I did this piece during a transition period, between my Exhibit A Alabama paintings and my current work. I was experimenting with It was purchased by Phillip and Annette Forstall, owners of Forstall Art Supply in Homewood. 

Flower Power

My husband, Scott Bennett, in our backyard daylily garden. He is a hybridizer, which is explained for dummies at this link.
All the images here are this year's seedlings, except for one named one. 

Frances Busby

Weekend in Huntsville

This past weekend Annabelle attended an Anime Convention in Huntsville, Alabama, while my friend Anne and I had a girl weekend. Annabelle dressed up and acted pretty nerdy. We hiked at Monte Sano State Park (above) and....

Went to the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. (My favorite new plant, The New Jersey Tea Plant, above)

Inside the very well appointed Butterfly Garden

We also took a long walk around Big Spring Park and saw more Japanese fish (and pooping geese) than I've ever seen in my life.  I didn't take photos of the very old hardware store or the very old feed store we visited. We also saw three movies, one each afternoon when it got hot. 

While waiting for Annabelle at the hotel, we ran into Iron Man in the parking lot. More photos of Annabelle in her costumes to come. 

To Plein Air is Human

Opening this Friday!