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Recycling

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.

lipstick

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

 

Embracing the Rooster

According to Chinese tradition, 2016 is the year of the Burning Monkey, and it certainly could be described as that.
For me, 2016 has been a year of both ups and downs.  I don’t want to be negative or wish away the remaining days, but I am ready to welcome 2017 with open arms!
Let’s say hello to 2017, the Year of the Rooster.

2017 The Year of the Rooster

2017 The Year of the Rooster

From Estonia with Love, the book

Back in 2009 a young couple from Estonia started an epic motorcycle ride around the world.
170,000 km, 1126 days through 70 countries.
Somewhere along the way, I was shown the link to their ride report here:
advrider.com/from-estonia-with-love-round-the-world.480532/ 

Their trip was amazing to read, but more so, I was hypnotized by their photos. The colors and subjects they chose… So I began sketching some of them.  After realizing I’d like to share them online, I asked Margus and Kariina’s permission to post them, so they are here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/artbybernadette/albums/72157628692962841

Once their trip was completed and they were settled in back home, many of us begged them to write a book. And finally, they did!

The book, opened to one of my favorite photos!

The book, opened to one of my favorite photos!

After some emails back and forth, they selected one of my sketches and I had it made into a print, and sent it off to them.  What an honor to know my art has a home in Estonia!

Much gratitude goes to Margus and Kariina for undertaking such an adventure, and also for completing the arduous task of writing and compiling their lovely photos in a book.
My copy of the book arrived today, and it is absolutely gorgeous! Described as a high quality hard-cover, premium paper, glossy 320 pages of full color book, that doesn’t do it justice.
If you’d like one for yourself, you won’t be disappointed. It will be available soon through Amazon.com, I’ll post a link once it’s listed there.

Art by Bernadette has a home in Estonia

My art now has a home in Estonia!