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Spring Cometh

the artyologist image of spring leaves budding on a tree

April

They promised me a flower-bed that truly should be mine,

Out in the garden by the wall beneath the ivy vine.

The box-wood bush would have to stay; the daily rose bush too;

But for the rest they’d let me plant just as I chose to do.

Though not a daffodil was up the garden smelled of Spring,

and in the trees beyond the wall I heard the blackbirds sing.

I worked there all the afternoon; the sun shone warm and still;

 I set it thick with flower seeds and roots of daffodil.

And all the while I dug I planned, that when my flowers grew,

I’d train them in a loverly bower and cut a window through;

The visitors who drove from town would come out there to see;

Perhaps I’d five them each a bunch and then how pleased they’d be!

I made my plans- and then for weeks forgot my roots and seeds,

So when I came that way again they all were choked with weeds.

-Katherine Pyle

the artyologist image of spring leaves and grass

the artyologist image of peony leaves coming up in april

the artyologist image of tree budding in april

 

Tulip Study

the artyologist- image of tulips

Nothing heralds the arrival of spring as much as tulips do.

My mom received this glorious bouquet of tulips for an Easter gift- and what a wonderful gift it was for all of us! This was one of the most beautiful bouquets I have ever seen.

The thing that I love about tulip bouquets is that they are so wild and untamed. Tulips keep growing even after they are cut, and try as you might to arrange them in some semblance of order, when you come back to look at them later, they will be sprawled in every which way and doing their own thing. Some people put a penny in the water to keep the flowers upright, but I love them like this. It was sad when they were finished blooming, but now we get to wait for the tulips coming up in the ground now, which won’t be far off!

the artyologist- image of tulips

the artyologist- image of tulips

the artyologist- image of tulips

the artyologist- image of tulips

the artyologist- image of tulips

Machinery

the artyologist- image of rusted massey ferguson decal

I am not really interested in machinery, engines or vehicles. . . except as a subject for photography that is! While visiting my Aunt and Uncle this past weekend, I took some pictures of this old, worn out Massey-Ferguson tractor, that has seen better days. I have no clue what any of these machinery parts are, but I love how they look, with the rust creating a unique patina of colour across the surface of the metal.

the artyologist- image of rusted old massey ferguson tractor

the artyologist- image of back of rusted massey ferguson tractor

the artyologist- image of vintage massey ferguson tractor

the artyologist- image of massey ferguson tractor decal

the artyologist- image of steering wheel massey ferguson

the artyologist- image of massey ferguson engine lever

The Written Word

the artyologist- image of vintage books on bookshelves

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. – Anna Quindlen

the artyologist- image of a vintage book with open pages

Hand Lettered Artwork Lately

the artyologist- image of hand lettered bible verses cards

Here is little project I was working on last week: hand lettered Valentine’s cards.

I usually use sappy sweet Victorian-style verses like: “Time stands still dear, when you are near”,  “You hold the key to my heart” and “Flowers are love’s truest affection”, but this year I decided to try something different and use Bible verses about love. The nice thing is, these don’t immediately scream “Valentine’s” so I will try a few others for everyday cards as well.

the artyologist- image of ink hand lettered cards in progress

the artyologist- image of hand lettering bible verse cards

the artyolgist- image of in progress watercolour and hand lettered valentines cards

the artyologist- image of hand lettered bible verse valentines ready to mail

the artyologist- image of hand lettering valentines of bible verses