Silver-Spotted Skipper

Silver Spotted Skipper

Any suggestions for a title?

When I was a new grownup, ( 🙂 ) and a new volunteer in the world of prairie restoration, the flowers and creatures I was being introduced to made lasting impressions on me. One pairing that was absolutely iconic to me was silver-spotted skippers flocking to the stand of monarda fistulosa in a small restored prairie in Peoria. I just never saw one without the other. When my family moved up here near the Wisconsin border I never saw the skippers. I missed their flash~ isn’t it a striking looking butterfly? Then last spring we vacationed in North Carolina. I was absolutely stunned to see this fellow getting nectar on a grape hyacinth! I was able to get a good photo of him but when push came to shove, I had to paint him on his “proper” nectar source.

A New Year, A New Studio

chaos!

CHAOS!

You may have been wondering where I have been, so I thought it was high time to check in. Back in December, I realized it was time to start breaking down the gallery. I’m not sad~it would have been sad not to try it and now I’ve satisfied that wish. But that means all that stuff had to go somewhere! Since my family no longer uses the dining room, that was elected. The walls were formerly a dark, cold teal-ish color and I dreamed of a soft, pale pink. I was longing for a feminine space that would welcome me when I entered it. There are a lot of bookcases in there, so it was no easy task to move everything and paint the walls but it is done. I’m nearly out of the gallery completely, and now, as you can see, I’ve got some work to do organizing my new space. Can’t wait! But first, there has been a tidal wave of exhibit opportunities. First I was contacted by a nature center near here that wanted all of my nature paintings for two months. Yay! 29 paintings went there. If they don’t all sell I may have to have a fire sale because, as you can see, there isn’t room for them here. Three more opportunities followed and now every single painting is somewhere. That has never happened before and I’m so excited. Organizing that and the receptions has taken up all of my time. January is zipping by but I think I see daylight.

Many people tell me they’d like to watch me paint, so before all the madness started I asked a friend to video me at my easel. Now I’d like to add music and figure out how to get it onto my computer,  so hopefully soon I’ll be able to share that.

Thank you all for showing interest. It is so humbling to be working away and suddenly realize that others are taking notice. I’m really grateful for all of you!

studio wallHere’s to a wonderful new year for us all. …..And pink walls 🙂