Monday, January 30, 2012

Spring Medley

spring medley
A spring medley from my Woodland Collection on Spoonflower.
Yellowthroats, Forsythia, and Maidenhair Fern on linen cotton canvas.
A fat quarter sample of each is in my Etsy shop today.

Monday, January 23, 2012


One can keep dreaming of spring, no?
A trio of purple finch hatchlings. Something sweet to start the week.
Happy Monday!

Saturday, January 21, 2012


I pine for brighter and warmer days. 
Days where everything is rosy pink and lovely and hopeful.
I painted these purple finches as a little distraction
from the bitter wind and cold.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Wilson's Woodpecker

Last week I went to see the closing exhibit at the newly renovated Nation Sporting Library.
The little gem of the show, in my humble opinion, was Mrs. Bunny Mellon's book of
North American Birds by the great ornithologist, Alexander Wilson. 
Published in 1802, the book was opened to the plate illustrating a willow oak and pileated woodpecker.
Now I know why they encase these precious works behind glass. It's much easier to clean up the drool. 
It would be a slice of heaven to be able to turn all of the pages.
hint. hint.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Heart Entwined

heart entwined II
Two new lovelies in my shop this eve!
I'm a bit of a romantic as you might already know and Sundays can't come soon enough.
 Downton Abbey is on Masterpiece Theater tonight and I'm ever hopeful 
that Lady Mary will soon profess her love to Matthew Crawley.
Only time will tell.

Monday, January 9, 2012


I just finished reading The Seven Daughters of Eve.
A genetic study which traces our lineage back thousands of years to seven women.
Needless to say it was a fascinating read and the book of Genesis and beginnings came to mind.
Hence the funny little illustration of Adam and Eve.
my baby fig
Mother sent me a baby fig tree for Christmas,
A cutting rooted from her own tree, which was from my Uncle's tree, 
which was from my Nana's tree. We sure do love figs in our family. 
I hope I can keep my ancestral tree alive.
I'm going to start adding this series of little musings my Etsy shop today.

Friday, January 6, 2012


double doves top our tree
Double doves top our tree on this evening of the Epiphany.
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love said to me,
It's time to say goodbye to the tree.
It's hard to believe it's been three and a half years with Etsy 
and three years of Golly Bard's Drawing Room. The time has flown by so fast.
Hundreds of paintings made and hundreds sold. 
I am so very grateful and admittedly a little weary too.
So I took things very slowly this week and enjoyed each day of Christmas and the New Year,
(which involved quite a lot of buttery cookies 
and a champagne punch called the velvet hammer),
 I revisited my early blog posts which were quirky and fun and frivolous. 
A nod to one of my favorite illustrators, Maira Kalman.
This year I want to recapture the little muse in each day and bring back 
that adventurous spirit of the early days.
So, I hope you'll join me here for another great year!