Friday, September 2, 2011

Of Trees and Bees and Art Journaling...

Hello my faithful art friends!  I'm so sorry I haven't been able to post or get around to all your blogs like I would normally do.  Life just got a little out of hand for me...

I really stretched myself physically with the tree project and have been suffering for it.  It is suffering for a good cause tho!  I was blessed with four strong boys on Monday who came to help finish the job of the privacy screen.  I have temporarily re potted the three Douglas fir trees, the leiland cypress and my Granny Smith apple tree to be planted at the end of this month after I harvest the 14 little apples on it.  I planted the blue spruce to the right of my studio window and can't wait for it to grow up enough to see it whilst I art.

I have been spreading the left over soil from the job on my front lawn to fill in all the holes and low spots.  I will sprinkle some seed and weed control and just wait to see what happens.  It's the best I am able to do on my own.

I have not had time to art much so I don't have any photos of finished art to share.  Just a shot of my journal spread I started yesterday and the trees for the privacy screen...

 Just background layers in my art journal...

 My worker bees...

Finished privacy screen...

This privacy screen was necessary for my sanity due to the fact that the owner of the house next door allowed a family of five to move into a tent in her backyard.  The guy walks around with no shirt and a huge butt crack hanging out and they spend allot of their time disciplining the kids with a belt.  I just needed some relief from the crazy loud working class element there.  They have quieted down a bit now that the dad is back to work and school has started.  I (and the neighborhood) can't wait until they move into a place of their own!!!  Yikes!  What a summer this has been!

I've been spending as much time away from home as I have been able to.  My Dad's condition is progressing, of course, so I'm spending more time there with Mom and Dad.  I can't wait to settle into fall and take time exploring the countryside with fall color.  My art studio is also screaming for my attention.  "Soon!", I shout back...

Forever in art,

Jessi

 




14 comments:

laurie said...

sounds to me like things are very bust at your house right now,, thats a good looking bunch of helpers,, so sad about the people in the tent,, thats so sad,, you know any fool can have a child or a pet ,, I think we should all have to be pas tests on our abilitiies for both children and animals,, maybe that sounds crazy but I just find it so sad to see idiot people beating childrenand pets,, makes my heart ache,,good luck with all your projects,,

laurie said...

oops i meant busy,, my fingers can't keep up to my brain!!!

Janet said...

Sad that you had to build a privacy screen but it looks as though you had some able helpers. I hope you get some peace and quiet and also some time in the studio.

Kim said...

Hi! I came to peek at your blog when I saw you post on Cia's blog and I'm so glad I did! What a wonderful artist you are! I hope you don't mind, but I'm following you now :) My name is Kim- nice to meet you :)

PaperPumpkin said...

Nice tree work, and gorgeous journal page background!!! Enjoy your weekend! Kathy

Janelle said...

Your journal looks lovely already. I hope that you can enjoy your privacy screen for years to come even after the tent family moves on. It doesn't get as cold there as it does here,(My parents and brother live in Oregon) but I still think that it would be too cool and rainy for people to live in a tent in the winter. Hopefully you won't have to put up with them for too much longer.

Cia of Briarwood Studio said...

Aww, Jess, I'm sending lots of candlelight your way *grin* and an abundance of empathy and love. Hope things resolve themselves so that you can feel comfortable and creative again in your own home. What an ordeal! I look forward to seeing your next painting.

Cia xoxo

bluepurpleandscarlett said...

Oh my...the situation next door does sound a bit annoying..those little trees should do the trick! Your background colors look very soothing in your journal. My art stuff needs some majoy overhauling, too...someday..! have a great weekend,~Scarlett

Maggie said...

Hello my dear friend. Your trees look so awesome and your helper bees are not to shabby either. lol However, am sorry to read the reason why those privacy trees were necessary. Thanks for the visual of the butt crack. :)

There's never a dull moment. Life is busy and we just have to ride it the best we can. Your awesome Jessi. Fall will be here before you know it.

XOXO,
Maggie

Kristin said...

Stop it! You have GOT to be kidding me!! That would make me sick - the idea of the belt alone. So sad!! Thank goodness you have some privacy now - and hopefully they will move on to an actual home for those poor kids . . . people!! Glad to see you are getting back to arting a bit - I am in the same boat - its been weeks!!! xoxoxo

Georgie Horn said...

Three words: call the city codes department.
ok 5 words.
haha

Heather Henry said...

The trees look very nice and I'm sure you will be happy you planted them, even down the road when hopefully the tent folk are settled in somewhere else. I love the journal pages you're doing too, very pretty. I hope all is going well for you, it sounds like you've been very busy. Have a blessed and beautiful week. :) hugs to you!

Cameron said...

Oh, Jessi...
Just reading all that made me anxious for you!

Wow....and yet, you handle everything with such grace...
I'm wishing the best for your Dad....and look forward to seeing those journal pages when they're finished.

Hugs,
Cam

Jenny said...

The privacy screen looks wonderful Jessi, and sounds like it was very needed... glad that you are able to spend time with your dad... sending lots of best wishes for him... love the beginnings of your journal pages... take care...

Jenny x