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Bud's Siesta Time...My Time

Once again this week, I'm staying close to home. It's becoming a bit too routine, and I'd Rather B Birdin'!!!!! I have sketched some more, then using my oil pastels to add color. A couple of times, like I mentioned in a previous post, I nixed some of my sketches. I just wasn't pleased with the outcome of the outlining. I started two 'new' ones, and finished one. I had a most difficult time getting depth in the blossom [beginning of the 'coloring' seen here, the end result will be the last image shared on this post]. Anyway, we worked on the last of our jigsaw puzzle; almost done! And while Bud was taking his after-lunch siesta, I went outdoors in the yard to inspect the plants, etc. Just to see how much needs to be done in a week or two. Yes,  with some trees and plants going dormant, there will be a chore of winter kill and trimming. The temps are warming up again, Spring arrives shortly here in the south!! I did notice that my hybrid variegated hibiscus froze with the very low over night temps a few weeks back, but it survived and will have new growth showing up soon. In a way, the freeze probably did some good...revitalizing. Okay, so as I walked around noticing all the weed pulling and a vision of the electric hedge trimmer coming out of storage...this will be needed to be added to our work list, I took photos with the cellphone; the hibiscus [the insect on the blossom, by the way, is a Milkweed Assassin], the Christmas Cactus, and tea roses, the Mary Banks rose climber [Tombstone Rose] are all in bloom at the moment:








...and the last one, my finished oil pastel: Daffodil [aka "Sunny Delight".]




52 comments:

  1. Your painting is gorgeous! And once again, you have matched the frame to it perfectly! My other two favorites are the Milkweed Assasin (what an artistic isect, almost looks unreal) and the beautiful pale pink flower. I am so impressed by all the blooming flowers in the dead of winter! We have had NOTHING blooming for months!

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    1. Remember...mild winters here. If it does get cold, it never lasts but a few days instead of months! Thanks for the compliment Ginny.

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  2. I love your painting and pictures, and like Ginny it blows me away that you have flowers blooming this time of year. ❤️

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    1. I love southern winters for the fact it doesn't drag on for too long! And yes, flowers can be seen here year 'round. Thanks Jean.

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  3. Nice post Anni!
    I love your yellow roses, and the "Sunny Delight" is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Ella...the Tombstonerose is one of my favorites too!

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  4. Your daffodil is beautiful. I can't imagine how much yard work there will be here come spring. You reminded me though that my hedge trimmer bit the dust last year and I'll need to shop for a new one

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    1. Seems that the jobs of work list gets longer & longer each year. Thanks Ann

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  5. Your flowers are so gorgeous and I love your daffodil painting!

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    1. Always prettier here this time of year compared to summer. 😊 Thanks M&M!

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  6. Ani you have understood well, the kitchen yesterday is not mine but of my youngest son. My kitchen is here and then Ginny asked me to post more photos! You understand me, right ?! LOL

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    1. I understand! Yes, I remember your kitchen photos where cakes are baked, etc!!

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  7. Hello Anni,
    I love your flowers and your painting looks beautiful. I would rather be birding too. I have not been out much, due to Covid warnings and the weather. Take care, enjoy your day!

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    1. This 2nd strain is reportedly much worse than that of 2020!

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  8. All such gorgeous flowers and your artwork is so amazing Anni, you are so talented!

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  9. I love your painting, too, and those pretty pictures of hibiscus remind me of how wonderful your winters are. Way too hot the rest of the year, though. And that is a beautiful assassin! :-)

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    1. Summers are brutal, but the other three seasons are not bad at all. Thanks D J

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  10. LOVE the daffodil and my mother loved them, she always had her yard full of them.. the flower photos are awesome and that ant if my favorite. he looks so BIG.. because of the macro. yellow hibiscus is my next choice.

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    1. It's not an ant...much bigger! Thanks Sandra. My folks had daffodils too.

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  11. As daffodils are one of my most favorite spring flowers, you have given hope that they will be here just around the corner. Lovely drawing. The insect is beautiful! WOW!

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    1. I just wish they'd grow here in this climate zone.

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  12. Oh, I'm envious of your flowers and your early springtime. We are deep into winter here, and I've got the Winter Doldrums for sure.

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    1. I love the winters here on the coast!

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  13. Daffodils are my favorites too. Your painting is lovely. Looking forward to seeing the finished jigsaw puzzle now that I'm doing them too. Well, only one so far, but number two has arrived. Have a great day.

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    1. We finished it ... got the table torn down for the time being. Good to have the room "normal" again.

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  14. Love your painting and what a joy to have something like that to occupy you during these lock down times.
    The flowers are so cheerful and kind of unreal with snow on the ground here.

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    1. You remember Florida, right? When your winters were mild like ours? Thanks Patti.

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  15. Beautiful blooms in your garden. That Milkweed assassin looks downright scary. Great name for it.
    Your sketch with the pastels is so lovely. I really like it.
    Sue

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    1. Thanks Sue (yes ... perfect name indeed )

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  16. That daffodil is absolutely gorgeous! Any finer detail and it would be a photograph. I love your shots of the hibiscus with the stigma reaching for the sky.

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  17. Can't imagine seeing all those beautiful flowers this time of year!! They sure are pretty and your painting is beautiful.

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    1. I just left your blog. We both musta been leaving comments simultaneously! Thanks Karen. Enjoy your break.

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  18. I love the flowers! It keeps snowing here, so seeing your flowers was just what I need. Your drawing is so pretty!

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  19. Oh my! All the flowers are so pretty.This includes your painting.

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  20. So much going on in your yard, your flowers are beautiful! Cute insect. lol I have an oil pastel set I haven't touched yet, now maybe I will give it a try after seeing how pretty your flower turned out.

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  21. Your flower is beautiful!

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  22. Oh how envious I am of you (in a good way), Anni, of your soon-arriving spring. Here in northern-most Indiana it's going to be awhile. We've got a cold snap moving in tonight, with wind chills feeling like 0*F. I can't wait for spring this year... my soul & spirit needs warmth. ~Andrea xoxo

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    1. ...we moved here for the mild winters. I do not like cold anymore!!!

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  23. Vibrant blooms! My orchids are my only color now that I'm home from Costa Rica.

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  24. Hi Anni! Your photos are all fabulous as is the painting! I esp like the Christmas Cactus and the tea roses. My dad had over 200 rose bushes in the yard, and he and mom loved to display them in rose shows in the 1970's, early 80's. Sadly, there are few photos of them.
    You are a very talented gifted artist and photographer ~ I will be looking around here. 😊 And lucky you with living in a nice warm area, love that area. Beats snowy cold Chicago suburbs! Take care

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    1. To have 200+ roses would be a dream come true for me! Wow

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  25. Forgot to say, I'm glad you visited my blog, that led me here to your beautiful blog, and I thank you!

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  26. Hello Anni!:=) How wonderful to see so much colour in your garden, the flowers are all beautiful, and so is your delicate treatment of your daffodil painting. I'm interested to know if the decorative assassin insect is harmful to your plants?

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  27. Oh, those flowers are sure a welcome sight! So beautiful. And I love your daffodil!

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