There are only a couple more days of summer left.
And I know that there may be more warm, barefoot days, or maybe not. I need to savor them while they're here. And savor the other graces that I love about summer before they're gone, too.
The greens will be slowly taken over by other colors.
The flowers will slowly disappear.
As will some of my garden friends.
I know that other birds will be staying and will enjoy my garden's bounty as long as it lasts.
And then I'll need to get out the bird feeders.
It's a beautiful transition and something I don't want to miss.
Speaking of beautiful things not to miss... I'm so excited to tell you that I am a guest contributor in Shannon Kinney-Duh's new e-course. You might remember Shannon from the profile I did on her last winter. She has completely re-vamped her Inside Out e-course. In addition there are guest contributors from various walks of life sharing their expertise throughout the 8 week course as well. To celebrate the new course Shannon is hosting a giveaway party on her blog with many, many excellent prizes. One of the possible prizes is a set (of your choice) of three 4"x6" prints of my artwork.
You can learn more and join the party here.
And finally for today's painting I decided to tackle painting a hummingbird. I haven't painted many birds and have struggled with wanting to paint them but wanting to also create paintings that speak with my own voice. There are so many artists who paint birds and I didn't want to just be recreating what someone else is already doing. Hummingbirds are especially tricky because so many depictions of them can be a bit cheesy, a bit too cutesy. They are sweet birds and I have really enjoyed them in the garden this year and I thought I'd attempt to overcome those challenges. Yesterday I sketched one in my daily sketchbook based on my photo from the garden. Today I studied many photos of them online and filled a page in my other sketchbook before putting pencil and then paint to paper.
I'm happy with my first attempt.
I hope you are paying attention to and savoring the day's joys! Wishing you a lovely week.