Category Archives: ink and watercolor

The Amazing Serviceberry Tree

The serviceberry, also known as Juneberry, seems like a perfect tree. It has clusters of lovely white flowers in the spring, ripening into deep red berries, followed by green foliage which ends up providing blazing color in the fall.

Serviceberry tree

The Berries

What I love the most are the birds that it has attracted this year! More than what I’ve sketched here, but these are the ones I could easily identify or get a photo of.

It was literally a berry party every day, until finally, the poor tree was bare!

Junco and tufted titmouse

My favorite sighting was a blur of brilliant yellows and oranges, an oriole!

Baltimore oriole

A little souvenir

Walking at Chenango Valley State Park a week ago, I was appreciating the beauty of nature. I know I should not take even a little souvenir, but this pine branch was on the ground, and since I didn’t have my sketchbook with me, I brought it home to sketch.

I hope you enjoy it!

Pine branch


The little bandits are back!

This cedar waxwing, whose nickname “little bandit” is earned by the “mask” he wears, was trying to find a ripe berry in my serviceberry tree.

Alas, most of them are still green, probably not too delicious yet.

He thought he was well hidden, and he mostly was. I caught a decent photo of him by shooting through my bathroom window, and used it to sketch from. They’re way too fast to try and sketch live!

Maybe he’ll return when the berries are riper!

Cedar waxwing

Just one – poppy

A few weeks ago, my poppies burst into glorious bloom! Their deep orange-red petals bloomed en masse, spilling over the tiny border of my front flower bed.
I realized I wasn’t capable of capturing that in a sketch, so here you have – just one.



You may have read about how to re-use various veggies.  After buying a few onions from the farmers market, one had already sprouted, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I typically don’t follow instructions well (surprise!), so after trimming some to sauté, I just sort of stuck it in the ground where it seemed happy, and gave it a good watering. It seems it may need separating after it grows a bit, because there might be more than one that will sprout from this.

We’ll see! Fingers are crossed!

Sprouted onion

What it looked like when I bought it

What it looked like after I “trimmed” it for planting.

A discovery

The privet hedge out front never got trimmed last year, so, the other day, I decided to attack it. I was making great progress until I spotted something inside it.

A well constructed robin’s nest with four beautiful eggs nestled in it. That was the end of trimming that hedge, even if it IS lop-sided now! I was lucky enough to catch a decent photo with my phone, and made sure to do a sketch to remember it by.

Robins nest with eggs

The hedge will still be here next year, needing trimming again!

Oh, go take a hike!

That is meant in the nicest way! Hiking has been shown to improve both your health and your outlook. Disclaimer:  I am not an expert hiker.  I’m not even very experienced. But I love getting out in nature and moving!
Today was a gorgeous February day!  Does this sound like an oxymoron?  Not today, we had 60 degrees and sunshine. It was a perfect day to explore the woods.
As an artist, not only do I need to prep for the hike, I also need to throw down a few sketches.


Don’t judge me! Lipstick is very helpful on the trail. Okay, it’s not helpful, I just like to wear it.

The perfect place to get out in
nature: Chenango Valley State Park