Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Lily of the Valley
copyright - Sydney Harper

I like hidden discoveries. Last year was terrible for plants of all kinds. First we had the late season freaky frost. Then we had a terrible drought all summer. Even the trees struggled. This spring has been completely different. We've had plenty of rain so far. (We could still use more.) Apparently all of the plants were working their magic in soil. They look very healthy. I was afraid my lilies of the valley didn't survive last summer. They did survive though. I found my flourishing bunch under a bush.

On another note, the
Illustrators' Partnership has sample letters discussing the Orphan Works Act that you can send to your members of Congress. There are letters for almost every category - visual artists, photographers, illustrators, friends of artists, businesses, the image-making public, and international artists. Some are editable and some are not. You'll find more information and copies of the bills at the Illustrators' Partnership web site.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Dexter Ferret

Dexter Ferret
copyright by Sydney Harper
One of my goals for this year is to practice drawing animals and people. Since we have a cat and three ferrets, that's an obvious place to start. I've had a harder time with the ferrets though. I'm not sure why. This drawing of our ferret Dexter finally looks proportioned right. I'm pleased with it. The others are okay, but everything clicked with this one. Isn't it great when that happens? Now today's goal will be to do a bit of painting.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Japanese Iris

Japanese Iris
Copyright - Sydney Harper

This is a Japanese Iris from the garden. I several bunches of them and they've been blooming their hearts out this year. They're doing so well that I think I'll have to divide them this year. I decided I would try to paint or draw each type of flower in my garden this year. Usually I mean to do that but time gets away from me and I miss them. It shouldn't be that difficult since I don't have that many types of flowers. Besides, I could use the practice. Now if I can do a little more weeding so they'll have a chance to grow, I'll be set.