Cleaned, Power Washed, and Stained and Ready to Tango

A little elbow grease, some major sweating (the heat has been unbearable in our area), power washing, deck staining, a bit of shopping and assembling of furniture, and I’m finally ready to do the tangerine tango on my deck–as soon as my table arrives, that is. It’s the last item remaining and it’s scheduled to arrive this week. I can’t wait to pull everything together and enjoy dinner on my freshly redecorated deck–and to share photos with you. In the meantime, I’ll just have to share photos of my little pal, Piggy. He likes to be the star of the show.

He really knows how to distract me from my photo sessions. He’s so darn adorable.

Work in Progress–Orange Tulips

I love the lighting in this photo and the close-up view that shows the texture of the paper. This painting is a departure from my typical cool color scheme. I used only four paint colors (permanent rose, winsor blue, cadmium yellow deep, and indigo) by Winsor Newton. Watercolors on cold pressed Artistico paper by Fabriano.

Frodo’s Pool

So our little friend, Frodo, survived Friday’s monster storm (called a Derecho) and instead of spending the day chillin’ in his underground home (toads are nocturnal), he spent the afternoon hanging out in the corner of our deck in 104 degree heat. To help him beat the heat, we set up a little pool for him. Next time, I’ll add a mini beach ball and perhaps a lounge chair with an umbrella.

And here he is about to step inside to hang out in the air conditioning. I guess the shallow pool water got too warm.

The next thing you know, he’ll want his own TV.