This Growing Season

Lemon Balm

This year the hubby and I are having what I’m calling an “off year” for growing. It wasn’t something we planned or decided on. Rather, due to weather and a bit of procrastination, it just kinda happened. First off a late frost threw us off schedule. Then we got a lot of rain through May and the early part of June. My favorite thing to grow are herbs and jalapenos. While the rain wouldn’t have bothered the herbs much, it would have made some “duds” out of the jalapenos. Too much water effects the capsaicin, the compound in peppers that give them their heat. Hot, dry climates create a beneficial stressor which activates the capsaicin. The more water a jalapeno plant absorbs the more it will taste like a green bell pepper rather than spicy flames in your mouth.
It hasn’t been particularly hot and dry in our neck of the woods so we held off getting starters to do any planting. By doing so we missed out. This year we went to our usual gardening center to get starters only to discovered it had been picked clean. Fortunately the hubby was able to get a few tomato plants from a co-worker since his thing is growing tomatoes.

So as I mentioned before, I like to grow herbs, particularly those from the mint family, which tend to come back on their own. But as I’ve discovered, they can be pretty invasive. Last year my garden bed had lemon balm, chocolate mint, apple mint and anise hyssop. This year the lemon balm turned into pac man and completely took over the whole bed. It now looks more like a shrub than an herb plant. Luckily I managed to get a good cutting of the apple mint before the lemon balm devoured everything. So for this growing season it’s just two tomato plants, some apple mint and this monster of lemon balm.

Apple Mint

Actually not doing much this year is a welcomed break. Last year we went overboard and grew way more than we could possibly use. We were up to our eyeballs in tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, lettuce and herbs. Lets just say my poor hubby heard a lot of fussing from me. There’s only so much salad, salsa and tomato jam a woman can eat. So this year we’ve decided to keep things small from now on for both our sanity. 😊

Found some clover in our backyard. Hope this brings some good luck. 😊

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“Moments” Progress

I will never complain about inking fur ever again. In my spree of drawing adorable animals I completely forgot how much stippling goes into doing hair. My pen is nearly dry and that wasn’t even the hard part. Anyhoo, here’s a quick snapshot of my progress on my latest art card drawing, “Moments”.

Nature Art

“Panda”

While I’m spending a little time doing some figurative work, here’s a brief post on a few nature themed pieces I still have available in store for the homes of some lovely collectors. More works of adorable creatures and botanicals are soon to come. In the meantime be sure to visit the Art of Q. Rumbley.

“Rose”

“Hazel”

“Soul’s Door”

“Moon Licht”

I Almost Forgot How

“Moments” (wip)

It’s been a while since I’ve drawn a human and I have to say I was a bit concerned as I was sketching out this base drawing, for a minute there I thought I forgot how to draw a face. For some reason it literally felt like my brain had to switch into some different mode just to complete this sketch. And to tax my brain even more, I’ll also be inking this in color, which is something I haven’t done in a while either. So I’ll have to pull out my little hand drawn color wheel to get myself familiar again.

I think I get why some artists stick to drawing just one or two types of subject matter, there’s less visual vocabulary you have to remember.
My brain hurts right now. 😯

For My Father

“Bison” by Q. Rumbley

A week ago I was doing a bit of research on North American animals when I came across an image of a bison. Upon looking at this iconic creature I immediately thought of my father which prompted me to look into any symbolic meaning that may be attached to them. Come to find out bisons are a symbol of strength and stubbornness, which definitely reminds me of my dad. So for the past couple of days I’ve been busy inking away on this drawing to give to my dear father for Father’s Day, who has been a pillar of consistency and dependability in my life…and from whom I probably get my stubbornness, according to my husband. 😊