Fuzzy

Today’s prompt of fuzzy brings you little Coco, a shih tzu that belongs to a friend.  Coco is extremely sweet and is honestly the most laid-back, content pet I have ever met.

Coco

Coco

Coco’s tongue almost always sticks out like this and her eyes are so big and round, making her quite a fun muse for a painting.  Such a cutie!

Shiny

Generally you want to see a shine on the tender surface of an onion, just below the crackly paper-thin skin.   Vidalia onions are my favorite and they are especially good this time of year, so mild and sweet.  However, I happened to have a lot of purple mixed on my palette, so I opted to paint these purple onions.  While they look pretty on a salad or sandwich, purple onions tend to be too strong for my taste buds.

Purple Onion

Purple Onion

Did you know that putting a fresh onion in the freezer 15 minutes before cutting into it will reduce eye tearing/crying?  This is one of my favorite kitchen hacks.

Smooth

Produce cannot get much smoother than the glossy eggplant.  Often mistaken as a vegetable, it is indeed a fruit, a member of the nightshade family along with tomatoes and peppers.  Eggplants also come in green and white varieties but purple is most common in our grocery store.

Eggplant

Eggplant

It is advised to buy the smallest, freshest eggplant you can find because it will have the sweetest flavor and be more tender.  The flavor tends to become more bitter as the fruit grows in size.

Feathery, Draw-A-Bird Day, May 2017 #WorldWatercolorGroup

These pretty tree swallows were captured in photograph by my talented, artistic brother-in-law, Rob, at one of our local parks.  I took a little liberty with the background, which really doesn’t show up very well in the scan, but the birds are the stars of the show anyway.  These beautiful birds have iridescent dark blue head and back feathers and stark white fronts.  Tree Swallows feed on small flying insects that they catch in their mouths during acrobatic flight.  I bet that’s a grand sight to see!

Tree Swallows

Tree Swallows

Thanks to Charlie from Doolewash for appropriately assigning the prompt of feathery today, and again thanks to Rob for the great reference photo!

Furry

Today I am playing along with the World Watercolor Group prompt of “furry” and introduce to you Cricket, a 4-lb. teacup poodle that is no longer with us but definitely left paw prints in our hearts.  Cricket would visit us when her family was on vacation, and although she was the tiniest little dog, she had a personality of a Great Dane!  She took herself very seriously and definitely ruled the roost when it came to doggy pecking order.  I like to think that Cricket and my dog, Winji, enjoyed their vacations together, but mostly they just tolerated each other.  Sometimes I could get both on my lap at the same time but not often.  I miss Cricket’s yappy bark and the way she would spin in circles when she wanted to be picked up.

Cricket, the 4-lb. Teacup Poodle

Cricket, the 4-lb. Teacup Poodle

My husband said I should have painted a tiara on Cricket’s head, but instead I gave her a regal purple background to denote her royal demeanor.  I think she would be pleased.

 

Northern Lights

The Northern Lights, or Aurora borealis, look to me like magical, brightly colored curtains swirling and rippling through the northernmost night sky in a fascinatingly beautiful yet almost eerie scene.  Of course the scientific explanation is not quite that flowery: “collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere.”

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

I’ve never witnessed the aurora borealis but hope to some day.  Have you ever seen this phenomenon in person?  I’d love to hear about it.

Limes

The versatile lime has long been used in cuisines around the world and add a delightful brightness to fish dishes, guacamole, etc.  Its energizing citrusy scent is also popular in perfumes, candles, and cleaning products.

Limes

Limes

Lime slices, along with lemon and orange slices, added to a tall glass of ice water on a hot summer day are invigorating and give a boost of vitamin C, but my family’s favorite is the summertime treat of a refreshing, frozen key lime pie.  Yummy!