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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Waning Summer


Yes, another book cover. More faux encaustic, lots of texture, a photograph I took last fall of teasle in a meadow. I can't stop myself. I've got journals coming out of my ears.


Our corn is getting so tall I have to look up at it. 


The wood is stacked and ready for cooler days.


The corn is in there somewhere.


If you look closely you can see the corn ladder that supports the tall stalks. And the wire fence that says "forget it" to the little bush rabbits.


The sunflowers are here to bring their cheerful tidings.


Leading to inspiration in the journal.


The finished page. Not much left of the circles.


Being quiet.


Late summer brings the Japanese anemones.


The beans in their fullness.


Amaranth. Remember last year when I made the ink out of the Hopi Red Amaranth?


A visit to the canna lily that I can't remember planting.


And the beautiful swiss chard.


The volunteer cyclamen that came in with some mulch.


Kale greens; healthy, healthy, healthy.


Kohlrabi, weird and wonderful.


John built screened panels to keep the pollinators away from his special peppers. He's the chili meister.


Awash in tomatoes. These are Stupices.


I think the soaker hoses make a pretty pattern.


We're still eating strawberries. Four months of strawberries!!


More beans. More peppers. 


Lots of purple zinnias this year. Very cheerful and bright.


Wow, thank you for sticking with me for the entire tour. Now if you want to see some more wonderful garden photos and some cute as a button grand-kids, hop over to Katie's blog and check it out. When John saw the photos of her canning production he admired and admired. There is something so basic and satisfying about putting up food for the winter. I'm reading Salt by Mark Kurlansky right now and it is a wonderful book about preserving food and a lot more. I recommend it.

Salt: A World History

Before that I read Mauve by Simon Garfield. It is about colorants, dyes and coal tar, the basis of many of our beautiful paint colors. Both of these are phenomenal books if you love history.

Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World

Later gator!


40 comments:

Lorelei said...

OMGoodness, Judy! What beautiful bounty for you and yours to enjoy!! I could eat your pictures!
Love the journaling pages, too. Food for the soul!

Kim Mailhot said...

Oh, what a gorgeous visit ! Zinnias and sunflowers and cyclamen did it for me, as did your wonderful quiet and bright pages. Life is so good, beautiful One.
Big HUgs !

Beth said...

Wow, you two really have a system for this bountiful and gorgeous garden -- I've never seen a corn ladder before! Thank you for the tour. My Japanese anemones are beautiful too, all the way over on the other side of the continent. Love their delicacy, and those little balls where the flowers were.

Rhayne said...

I've been lurking around your blog for awhile, completely inspired with every visit. Don't be surprised we make it to the end... I only wish there were more :o)

Janine said...

I love taking a tour of your garden! I have ?s for you. What kind of pens do you use for writing over mixed media in your journals? Also, what do you put over your artwork before you write if anything? I have used Krylon's Workable Fixatif over a coating of medium but even that is iffy most times. I find that my pens work for two seconds and then I can't use them forever! I know there is ink in them but the tips are ruined no ink comes out.

Clare Wassermann said...

wow what a cornucopia of tastes, scents and colours your world is - inspiration indeed!

Judy Wise said...

Janine, I've been using Tul pens lately. They make several kinds. I use the one with the little hair in the middle like a rapidograph. I dont put anything over the art before I write.

I too have ruined pens by writing over wet stuff so be careful that everything is dry.

And isn't that sad when it happens? dang!

Ro Bruhn said...

Oh I'm so inspired by your journals and vegies Judy, can't wait until I retire from my day job to get back to mother earth. I adore your journal page with the circles, this design would make great fabric.

Bren said...

What a tour! Found myself drooling over the garden and all it's wonders, including fresh strawberries for 4 mts straight! and drooling over your photos and journal pages and...time to go wipe my face :-)

dosfishes said...

This faux encaustic is fantastic. I can only think of Antoni Tapies, it made me think of him instantly. I want a salad from that garden, I love the color of the kholrabi...will you come stack our wood, wow even that it beautiful, what is it about a wood pile that is so soothing to look at. xox Corrine

mary lawrence said...

my God, you live in such a magical place!!! such color and abundance! I can't even imagine the hours and hours of toil that went into creating such a splendid, organized and beautiful garden...what inspiration for an artist. but I must say your husband is truly an artist too, as he "paints" beautifully with plants...

Sharon Lovejoy said...

I enjoyed the book "SALT." So much to know.

Your garden looks great! Your life is filled with life.

Love,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Pattio said...

Bountiful gardens, journals, mixed media delights, joyful meals with family and friends, who could not love visiting your blog. This one is particularly wonderful. Thank you for all you share.

Love and inspiration to you. :)

jennifer White said...

I think I may have to sit down in front of that tomato plant with a little bit of salt and just eat them one after another, all...day...long. Dare me...I really would do it.

giddy up said...

Beautiful garden! Your journal is wonderful too!

Chris said...

Judy, Always a pleasure to visit your blog and your world full of color both inside and out. Thank you for taking the time to photograph and post. It inspires me to see your garden and art and listen to your stories. Hugs!

Jan said...

Judy, if you ever feel you have too many journals and want to offload them ... I'm sure some of us wouldn't mind taking them off your hands :-).

oneartistjournal said...

This is a place of beauty Judy, in so many ways. There is nothing like visiting blogs documentig the change of a season, the wonders of creativity and the abundance of gardens, of life. Yours is the culmination of all that.
XOXOrly

Sheri Howard said...

Wow, what a beautiful garden. So inspiring, so fun to look at. I am so thankful we have color in our world!

Karen Wallace said...

Beautiful images. I love transitions and feeling the shift right now as summer slides away. Hugs Karen

Lynn said...

Thank you for the tour! Your photos are sheer delight! The garden is pure heaven! Bravo to the gardeners!
Your journal pages more beauty!
I"ve got my tickets and I am clipping coupons for Michael's and am off to get some supplies! A & S here I come!!! Do I need a mask?

Parabolic Muse said...

I missed the amaranth dyeing thing!! Oh, my.

My life sometimes is very gray.

I LOVE those circles and that first encaustic is my FAVORITE of all time. YOU know how to rock a book cover and a journal page. I'm so tired of going up to strangers and telling them that! Plus, they look at me like I just landed and say, 'well--DUH.'

ilyayj

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Stephani Gorman said...

What a wonderful walk in your garden! Thank-you for sharing your beautiful surroundings.Love your beautiful inspiring art too.:)

Momo Luna said...

Great! All of it; the photographs and your wonderful work.

lynn fisher said...

such gorgeous photos judy (typing with one hand, other holding whining cockatiel that senses the shortening of the days)...i love how you incorporated the flowers into your journal...lovely!

Jan said...

I don't want summer to wane just yet! yeah, try and stop it. Your garden is so delightful, bigger than mine although where is your squash? That is one of our year round staples to eat, the winter squash. Right now we are awash in summer squash. I'm jealous that your tomatoes are ripening. usually we have them long before now but this year there were just too many setbacks. We need tomatoes! It was just too cold and wet and the garden shows it. Next year will be better. Do cyclamen survive the winter outside? I have some in pots in the house, I love the color. Okay, this is your blog, not mine, I'll shut up now;-)

paperbird said...

GORGEOUS Post! Such a pretty palette of colors. I have to say I am a bit envious of your garden :-}


I signed up to take your doll class in Portland- i am a happy girl!

Maria said...

AMAZING garden! Wow, I'm envious. Love your journal pages.

Seth said...

What a bounty of a post! Love the photographs, the journal pages, and the journal cover!

La Dolce Vita said...

gorgeous garden, mine has really started to crisp up, with all the heat, but it has given me so much this year, I am sad to see it go. love your circles and the way they fall and rise from the background to the foreground!

Joanie Hoffman said...

You & John have a lovely, lovely garden. lots of hard work & love of the earth show in each photo.
The circle page was neat, before & after!
After while, crocodile.
Happy days,
Joanie

Suzanne said...

Here in Florida, we don't start our gardens until September or October. Your vegetables just look wonderful.

Marilyn said...

Your garden is amazing. It is so neat and tidy, I just love it!

Angela said...

Your man is the neatest and most caring gardener in the entire history of gardening. I love, love the photos you share of the garden. Such a bounty and so well grown and taken care of. I am collecting from you trellising, fencing and structure ideas to implement in my garden. Thanks a lot for the inspiration.

L said...

what an incredible garden! you sure don't mess around! looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks!
linda Esterley

The Dreaming Bear said...

What beautiful photos! You have such a lovely garden! And your journal pages are always fun to see....I'm a circle addict...love the circles!

MB Shaw said...

That journal cover is divine.

rivergardenstudio said...

Your garden photographs capture the autumn beautifully. And your all stacked and ready for winter. And your first piece... gorgeous. roxanne

Sherrie J said...

Your photograph's are fantastic. Mind if I ask what kind of camera you use??
I'm in the process of upgrading, and would love to know what you have and how you like it?
Beautiful journals!!

Judy Wise said...

Sherrie, these photos were taken with an OLD Konica Minolta Dimage X50. I have a "serious" camera (Canon Rebel) that I seldom use because it is too big. The best camera is one that is handy; that's what I've found.