Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Springtime at Mother Earth Farm

Just down the road from my house is a wonderful nursery called Mother Earth Farm. It's filled with so many pretty flowers that it's an exercise in frustration to wander the rows, because I want everything I see! It's so hard to control myself and not buy one of each! I've already brought home three varieties of tomatoes, lots of flowers, and some herbs. I still need to pick up some warm weather plants like basil, cucumbers, and peppers (and maybe a few more irresistible flowers!)

I was so inspired by the riot of colors at the nursery when I was there the other day that I decided to stop down this morning with my sketchbook. It was so much fun, sitting in the shade of a Japanese maple, watching people come and go, dabbling in my sketchbook. Here's what I came up with ...

9" x 12"

Doesn't it just make you want to go out and buy some begonias or plant some petunias?

While I was sitting there painting, I was struck by what a happy place a nursery or garden center is in the spring. Everyone has a smile on their face and seems to have high hopes that this will be the best year ever for their garden. Or maybe it's just that they're feeling as euphoric as I am that winter is finally over and the world is green and lush and filled with warm sunny days again.

If you're lucky enough to live within driving distance of Ruff Creek, PA, treat yourself to a visit to Mother Earth Farm this spring. I guarantee you'll love it!


  1. This is my cousin's business and I think it is great that you took the time to put all the colors of the nursery on canvas. I love what you did. Unfortunately, even though I live in South Central PA, I'm not close enough to visit Dawn and the family. Sue

  2. I came here from Sketching forum. Your paintings are such pleasure for the eyes, lines are so clean, great work! I will be glad to follow.

  3. Hi Irina,
    Welcome - thanks for stopping by. Are you a sketcher, too? Do you have a blog or website? I'd love to see your work.


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