The Gap of Time

Yes it’s been quite a while since my last post and all I can say is that I was sick longer than anticipated and just didn’t feel up to thinking about blog posts I’m sorry. But I’m starting to feel human again and I have started bringing my container garden back to life on my deck which gets me outside for a few minutes each day in the sun. Maybe that’s what’s helping! So I’m just going to show you a few pictures of what I’m pulling together on my deck.

First addition

The first thing I added was a nice healthy lavender plant mainly because I like the smell and because someone told me it would keep the wasps away. However the next day I heard that is not what keeps wasps away you need to have herbs. So I added a small herb garden and in it I have Rosemary, tarragon which I love, t h y m e, basil, and Sage. I got them in tiny little pots and eventually went back to purchase larger pots so I could replant them. Repot them? Whichever is correct that’s what I did. Here they are repotted.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I had ordered a potting bench online and it came ready-to-be-assembled. It’s sat for two days before I could even bear to open the box. But open the box I did and put it together I did! I even went back to the store and got some Thompson Water Seal and painted it on so it is now all sealed and water repellent. And I used it to repot those herbs. Here is a picture of my potting bench.

I absolutely love it!

The other small area I have on my deck is just past my patio table.

Here I have a row of zucchini which I will have to transplant soon or they will be miniatures!

Zucchini – closeup

Some cauliflower (closeup) which will also need to be transplanted somewhere

And two varieties of tomatoes both of which have tomatoes started on them already. Yay!

Early Girl and San Marzano

This next one I don’t remember what is planted in here and I didn’t put a marker so if anyone recognizes the leaves please leave me a comment to let me know what you think it is. I know I could use one of those plant recognizing apps but it’s just more fun to see what comes out of it.


This last picture has two planters … the dark brown one I don’t remember what I planted in it and again no marker. The smaller wooden one I transplanted my Boston Bibb lettuce and Romaine from the kitchen window sill to see how they do.

So that’s it …that’s what I’ve been up to; very little art but we will call this the “art of gardening”.

And, Yes I know in the background you saw lots of weeds growing up between my brick patio’s bricks… that’s the next thing on my list but we are supposed to have thunderstorms today we will have to see if that comes to pass; if it does not, then perhaps later today I can get whacking at them. Thanks for being here.


10-Days Later…

Cold Survival Kit

What a week this has been! Not in a good way. I have had one of the old-fashioned (not Covid) head cold, chest cold, cough and sore throat afflictions. Last Sunday it totally kicked me in the butt and had me in bed. I’ve actually spent several days in and out of bed this week and had not left my house until yesterday (5 days later) briefly to go to the store to get the groceries I ordered online. I’ve never done that!, even during covid… Sorry, I didn’t mean to make this post about that.

This morning I actually read one of the blogs I follow for the first time in a week and I saw some parallels to my life. Let me share some with you….

When I welcomed art back into my life.. I started with painting because I don’t draw well. I can sketch and I can copy a picture pretty well but I can’t dream something up in my head and draw it. And if you asked me to draw… an elephant, I’d have to look at a picture to get all the parts in the right place.. (a giraffe I can draw!) That’s what I associate drawing to be. At any rate, it seems that I picked up watercolor and acrylic simultaneously. Acrylics made me happy when the Art Garage was open and run by Jessica Ball. She was always so encouraging and full of ideas. Later on, I found a watercolor group that met at the Peoria Heights library once a month and those sessions with other enthusiasts was encouraging on another level. As were the friends I made at Humana during their watercolor sessions each Friday.

At the watercolor meetings, it seemed most of them were always happy painting flowers. I did not want to paint flowers because they were a little too real for me. I’m more abstract by Nature no pun intended. But try as I might I always seem to be finding myself painting some type of floral related thing. I could do a halfway decent job with them they just didn’t bring me a lot of joy.

I was pretty good at painting leaves and ferns and I can also do a pretty good Bearded Iris. My patience fell short when it came to multi petaled flowers like carnations or roses and the intricacies of big ball flowers like allium or hydrangeas. I would rather take the abstract route with those or multi-flower ‘gardens’. I learned later that people in the water color arena call that “painting loosely”. So be it.

I recently rearranged the artwork in my studio so that each wall is represented by one subject. I have my bird wall and then I have my flower wall. How ironic! I have 27 paintings on my bird wall and although I did not take the time to put up all my flowers it is showing 13 of my flower paintings. I should mention these are all acrylics. My watercolors needed to be matted and either put in sleeves or in frames. There are a few of them in sleeves but I don’t know a good way of displaying those when people just don’t seem to flip through matted pieces very well at an exhibit.

The blog post I read this morning was by Artistcoveries and she talked quite a bit about a 15-day challenge and 9 day challenges…I never did well in these; I don’t seem to be able to finish. She also spoke of not finishing or thinking hers weren’t good enough so she decided to go back and redo one of the challenges even though it was officially over. I thought that was Brave and I thought I would like to be that brave so I decided while reading her post and I would join her for the last 6 days of the 15 days flower challenge which I am going to post here for anyone else who wants to join in. Some of these flowers I will have to look up as I’ve never heard of them before but I invite you to join me because this just might be a way to learn something about flowers this month the month of May.

You may use any medium you wish be it watercolor or pastels or acrylics or oils but know that I would love to see your results as either a comment here or you may freely post them on my Facebook group page Ruth Inman Art.


  1. Peaceful Pasque
  2. Tranquil Tulip
  3. Distinctive Dahlia
  4. Outstanding Orchid
  5. Beautiful Bird of Paradise
  6. Life-Giving Lotus
  7. Lovely Lilly
  8. Mysterious Marigold
  9. Perfect Peony
  10. Zestful Zinnia
  11. Radiant Ranunculus
  12. Gorgeous Gazania
  13. Fresh Frangipani
  14. Hearty Hydrangea
  15. Romantic Rose

Who’s In ??

A Special deal for Special people

I know my audience isn’t huge and I know it isn’t all in Peoria Illinois but having said that I think you might know by now that I’m having an Open Art Studio event this coming Saturday May 14th. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. so here is my special deal for you my small flock LOL if you come to my event and you tell me that you saw this post on my blog (because that’s what this is, my blog) then you will get $5 off any purchase $20 or more. And my eternal thanks.

Please share this image on whatever social media you have and I will also be eternally grateful. We’re really trying for a big crowd this month. Thank you.

It’s Monday morning, get your chirp on!

Well it’s Monday morning after Mother’s Day the weekend has settled down, and it’s time to move into the next week. What is up this week for you?

For me I have a full offering of workshops in my art studio.

Need to de-stress? ….. Tangle Art, Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Looking for a unique gift? …. I’ve got you covered on Thursday, design and paint your own Silk Scarf at 10 a.m.

Learn to play again! Come and be a kid at my Playful Paint day on Friday at 10 a.m.

And don’t miss the Open Studio on Saturday… no charge.

This is my lineup for the week, won’t you join me? You can register online or call me. Look here for further descriptions and my contact info.

But just for now I’m going to sit and listen to the birds singing their wake up song in my backyard…

Listen . . .