Up to 34 mourning doves in the tree outside a straight, short flight to tour deck feeders. It appears they were taking turns coming to the deck, eating, then returning to roost, and another group of 3-4 would come in for nourishment. At this point, there were 20-something.
Seems fitting I offered my first set of bird notecards today, though this group has no doves.
Several friends and acquaintances have suggested or asked that I offer a choice in my notecards, so I spent the day setting up the first 18 to allow exactly that. I like the idea because, since I print to order anyway, it isn't much more complicated to do this for people, and it will tell me over a few months which people respond to most. I have dozens and dozens of cats so it's good to know. I really enjoy doing this, though I will admit I'm looking forward to getting back to creating new works on a steady basis.
On Sunday, I completed the first painting I had done in about 3 years, and the first cat painting in perhaps 4. It's not that I lost my love of or fascination with cats, it's that living with eight has given me a bit of that "Coals to Newcastle " syndrome.
So without further adieu, here is Oh, Julius a composite of six creamsicle-marmalade-gingers I have known over the past 25. Three lived or are living with our son, two with us and one a darling rescue from New York who it seems, half the social networking country fell in love with.
The painting is 5 x 7 inches, his eyes follow you, and he is very sweet. I will keep him for a time as a talisman which I hope will encourage me to get back to painting on a regular basis, but may do a limited number full-sized prints on canvas.
I'm hungry right now so will post a snapshot of Friday's supper. While we are not vegetarians, most days you wouldn't know it. This dish is collard greens, Yukon gold potatoes, onion, mushrooms, with red pepper flakes, liquid smoke, salt and pepper. I served with a simple side of scrambled eggs seasoned with fresh Mexican tarragon, salt and pepper. Served with Pacifico beer.