I've started glazing the bottom of Tyrian Turtle. He will have three coats of Spectrum #799 Majolica White. When I am working on a piece I find it easiest to complete one area before doing the other. The glaze looks gray because I like to add some black ink to the second coat. This simple trick makes it really easy to see where I have missed glazing. Once I am finished I will paint a layer of wax over it to keep it fresh and unsmeared.
I do have a plan for the whole turtle, so it's not a case of doing one surface and then doing something completely different on the upper shell. When I am painting I like to work over the entire surface at once. It keeps the design consistent.
Upside down the cracks become evident. I think I was putting it together with everything being at different stages in drying. Consistency is crucial when handbuilding large work.
We had our first Luna Moth of the year show up on a pollen filled screen last night. Summer is definitely on its way!
The pollen has been thick and yellow this year. The winter went on for so long that everything is blooming at once. At least we did not have a freeze after the blueberries flowered. We may end up with a good crop!
More plants are starting to bloom. We took the net off the pond at just the right time. Unfortunately the pond pump needs some work so we just have the little one going.
Below is the beginning of the yellow flag season. We cut them back severely last year which seems to be keeping them in check, although nothing will keep them completely in check.
I've also planted a canna lily by the pond. It will have to be taken up in the fall....if I remember!
Since Aloysius did his last running away and exploration stunt we have been taking him for walks in the garden every day. Here he is among the alpine strawberries and bloomed out violets.
He's been wearing Winter's harness at its smallest settings. Since he loves the walks so much we are going to get him one of his own.
Now to get a new pool liner and get it up and running so he can do some swimming and we will be well on our way to SUMMER!
As always, thanks for stopping by...............*s*