Friday, June 13, 2014

Lupines in the Back Field

 Miniature, Ink & watercolor 21/4 X 3"
How did I get so lucky to have a field of wild lupines behind my home? 
All day long they keep me company.
For years the beloved picture book, Miss Rumphius, 
by Barbara Cooney has been my favorite.
Based on the real Lupine Lady who scattered lupine seeds
everywhere she went, it's a beautiful book on many levels. 


  1. I so love lupins:) they don't like me ..I have yet to have them return to me more than 2 yrs in a row..They are tall and outstanding in a garden!
    Once we spotted a field of wild ones a friend and I..ohh 20 yrs ago..we parked the car walked up the hill dug some up and brought them home..Under no circumstances did they like that move:(
    I took them out of their natural habitat and regretted it..:(

    Love your work!
    I brought a travel watercolor set I had never used onto the deck to paint my pots and it got chilly and started drizzling!
    I never painted so fast:)
    The pen came in so handy !
    Going to check Miss Rumphius..:)
    Have a lovely weekend Rita.. quite a bit of rain here the last few days..

    PS I like those tiny watercolor cards:) They are fun to add to a gift:)

  2. Rita..I just ordered Miss Rumphius..Thank you!
    I love these kind of books.

    1. Oh, Monique, I think you will LOVE this sweet sensitive book with exquisite story & illustrations! Thank you for sharing your lupine story...These lupines were here before I moved in, b&ut this is my first time with them! In Maine they sell packets of lupine seeds. Perhaps I could send you one. YOU are a Miss Rumphius, doing things "to make the wold a more beautiful place."

    2. I appreciate the thought Rita..:) I can get seeds no worries..I will try again!!
      I can't wait now for the book to arrive.:)

  3. I am going to have to check out Miss Rumphius - looks just like my kind of book. I have grown lupines in the past but alas none this year. Just wanted to let you know I caught up on several of your previous posts as well. Your watercolors with the ink lines are wonderful. I think you have a special way of capturing certain scenes with these two mediums. Have you ever seen Karlyn Holman's watercolors? She too uses some ink with her watercolors in some of her art. Thank you for stopping by to visit me - hope you have a lovely week-end.

  4. our texas bluebonnets are a type of lupine so i know how you feel! :)

  5. I don't know miss Rumphius , but I'll try to discover r , I like this kind of personal universe .
    No lupins around here , too hot for them, I guess .. :(
    Bon week-end, mon amie ! Bises !

  6. Lupines never seen to get growing here. Chipmunks 'cut 'em down' early.

  7. I've been away for awhile so I'm just catching up on your posts. I love your tiny Lupin sketch. Thanks for showing the book about Miss Rumphius , I'm not familiar with this, I think I need to go and do a bit of research. I'm still not feeling like painting at the moment, during my recouperation period , but hopefully I'll get inspired again soon.

  8. I love your miniature and the lupines!!

  9. Lupines are the loveliest of flowers standing tall and elegant .... your little miniature is utterly delightful.

    "All Things French"

  10. I've loved seeing lupines growing wild all around here in Maine . . . and love that Miss Rum. book, too. xx

  11. I thought of you while walking paths on our North Shore, home to lupines galore. My former teaching partner loved this book, too.

  12. I too love lupines and had them in my flower garden long ago. You are so fortunate to have a yard of wild lupines to enjoy. -- barbara


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