Painting Update

Well, I'm also slow at getting the painting started this year. I only got around to a second painting session today. I spent some time penciling.


This year, I'm trying something different. Usually, I work from back to front, as if painting the foreground over the background were some sort of 3D exercise in my 2D painting. This year, I'm starting with the important details and will try to fill in as I go.


Here, I'm talking about the first three flowers' petals. I'm not sure if this will work for me, but that's what experimenting is all about.

Birthday Tree 2017

Wow, I'm behind on everything.

Generally, I buy a tree every year for my birthday. I'm rarely on my birthday when I do, but this year has been particularly slow. And then I've been slow to document it. I got the tree over a month ago. Now it's time to show you.

But first an update on previous trees planted here in Cayucos.

Last year's tree was a wee lime tree. It looked like this:


Now it looks like this:


The poor thing lost all of its leaves in the sun last year, so I moved it behind the fence for a little protection and a good number of leaves grew back.

2015's tree was an olive. It looked like this:


Now it looks like this:


Everyone talks about how the weather on the Central Coast is "Mediterranean." i think the fact that my most successful tree so far has been the olive kind of bears that our.

My first tree was back after I moved in in 2014.

It was a happy little tree:


And I killed it.


I was trying to move it from the whiskey barrel to a nicer spot with a little shade, but I think I hacked at its roots. Poor thing went quickly.

Since I've had the most success with the olive tree, this year I kept to the Mediterranean theme.


I planted another stick! This one is a fig tree. The nursery said the fig is the only tree it won't guarantee for a year, so wish me luck.

And So It Begins

This year's painting has been started.