Cindy's Country Mix

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No Excuses

Hello there!  Yes, it’s true.  I haven’t blogged in two months!  What is up with that?  I think being retired has affected my productivity.  My husband’s retirement that is.  I have always been ‘retired’ so to speak.  He doesn’t stop me from blogging, that’s not what I’m implying.  But, having him home all day, I can find a lot of other things to do than blog.

My married son, who lives 90 miles away, tries to keep me focused on painting.  Painting is one of my favorite things to do.  He sends me texts periodically asking how my painting is coming along.  On that note, let me share about a painting that I completed last month.

I take photos of flowers whenever I am out and about traveling.  Since we have moved to Arizona, I find less flowers to my liking.  All of my paintings are done from my own photographs.

This is a white Rose of Sharon that I found someplace.  I begin by drawing onto the paper.  And I painted in the white flower first.

Beginnings of a watercolor painting.

After I had the flower basically painted in, I began to add in the darker areas.

Progress of a watercolor painting.

I don’t paint in any particular way.  If I get bored of an area, I move on to another spot, then go back later.  This particular painting I did without taping it to the board.

Progress of a watercolor painting.

I add washes of color as I go.  If an area is too light or dark, I make adjustments, painting what pleases my eye at the moment.

Progress of a watercolor painting.

One of the small corrections that I made, that is most visible to you, is the dark blemish on the bottom flower petal.  It is actually on the petal in the photo.  Painting true to the photo is not required, but I like the little spots and blemishes on flowers.  They add character to the painting.  However, in this case, I decided that it was too distracting.  I lightened it up and it looks better that way.  This is how it looks as a finished painting.

Painting of a white flower.

I do try paint everyday.  Being easily distracted, it’s not easy sitting next to a window with a beautiful view.  This particular day was gorgeous outside.  I had the window opened and a nice breeze was wafting in.  How can one control the imagination on a day made for dreaming?  I love my view.

View from a window.

Currently, I am working on a beautiful pink and yellow rose painting.  Hopefully, it will show up here soon!

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Atlanta Botanical Garden

Today, our friends took us to the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  The weather was good to us in that it wasn’t too humid, nor too hot.

Flowers are my favorite subject for watercolor.  So, I was hoping there would be some flowers there that I could capture with my camera and take home for later painting projects.  I was not disappointed.

pink tulip

Pink Tulips

yellow tulip

Yellow Tulip


Canopy Walk

We walked across a very unique bridge called the Canopy Walk.  It was 600 feet long and took us through the tree tops of the Storza Woods with it’s highest elevation at 40 feet.


Dainty Flowers.

blue flower delphinium

Blue Delphinium

chinese snowball

Chinese Snowball

red tulips

Red Tulips

swiss chard

Swiss Chard

There was also an edible garden in which grew a large variety of plants including this beautiful Swiss Chard.  The outdoor kitchen provides gourmet chefs a stage for giving classes and tips on using freshly harvested, healthful produce.



Orchids were abundant in the Fuqua Orchid Center.  The simulated tropical climate made us sweat, as if we weren’t hot enough already.



The colorful flowers and plants were worth a little heat.



Colorful plant

Colorful plant.

fountain and tulips

Tulips surround fountain.

Tulips were very abundant throughout the entire gardens, as were azaleas.  In the Levy Parterre flower beds are arranged symmetrically around an Italian limestone fountain.

fountain glass Dale Chihuly

Glass fountain

The fountain features artist Dale Chihuly‘s unique blue and white glass sculpture.

We had a wonderful time.  The only thing that could have made it better would have been if the magnolia trees were in bloom.  Maybe next time.

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No posts since September?  That is because I am not finding WordPress to be very user friendly.  When frustrated, I tend to quit.  But, with encouragement from my blogging daughter, I am committing to figure it out and get this blog organized.  A downside of this is that my daughter lives 1600 miles away!  We see each other one or two weeks each year.  During that time we drink coffees and chat, chat, chat about blogging, crafting, shopping, and other girlie stuff.

Other news…  My camera broke while on vacation this summer.  You saw my summer travel posts, right?  Well, when I returned home, my son gave me his old camera that was still lying around.  I am now the proud owner of a Nikon D70s with a zoom lens.  That is exciting to me, because now I can get some photos of flowers to paint from.

Before I ever had a digital camera, I used a Pentax SLR for many years.  I also had a Minolta SLR that I didn’t like very much.  When I got my first digital camera, an Olympus C-3000, I put my SLR cameras away in the back of my closet.  When my son gave me the Nikon, it didn’t include a case, so I dug my cameras out of the closet to possibly use one of the cases.  I found five rolls of unexposed film in with the Pentax.  Go figure…only I would pack away film with my cameras.  What a waste!  The Nikon didn’t fit in either case.  My children are so generous.  My photographer daughter had a spare case that is now containing my camera and accessories.  Happy dance.

Keep a look out for some new changes and upgrades to my blog, thanks to some much appreciated help from my daughter.