Friday, September 7, 2012
This past spring I made a greenhouse. My wife says it worked out very nicely for seed starting and for giving a jump to the seedlings. So now I'm making some modifications for autumn to winter.
I made a mobile chicken coop too. It has detachable wheels so it sits flat against the earth. The chickens are quite taken with it.
Posted by Rick at 5:49 PM
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
The old faucet fixture failed. I replaced it. Just one of the many, many joys of home-owning. It seems there's always something that needs maintenance, fixing, improving, enhancing, replacing, and I'm glad I have the skills, the books, and the willingness to ask lots of questions, so that I can do most of these tasks myself.
This spring began the "south-side-shingle-replacement" project. We were going to repaint the shingles on the south side of our home, but during the prepping I discovered early signs of dry rot on a few, so we decided to replace all the shingles on the south side. I'm sure there will be photos of that project at some point.
And as the days grow toward summer, I hope to squeeze in a little time to do a little sketching.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
"Wren House" was one of those quick sketches I enjoy doing from time to time, this one is oil on watercolor paper.
This little bird house has been visited every spring for many years now, by the wrens who clean it out, fix it up with fresh bits of grass and other bits, pausing only to share their joyous song of the season. Things quiet down a bit when the eggs are laid, but the song returns, along with frantic chirping, when those eggs hatch.
I'm looking forward to the wrens' return.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I'm still resurrecting some paintings of days past to make available as prints. This scene of this ol' red maple is one that I've painted many times, from many angles, in every season, and I suspect I'll paint it again ... and again.
Some days I just want to set up the easel, paintbox and sketch ... and often with only enough time and light for a quick sketch in my own Backyard ... a quick sketch that allows me to appreciate the simple beauty that's around me every day ... the beauty I might otherwise take for granted.