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Cleanup and Some new work

Cadieu's crane over our house

Cadieu’s crane over our house

I can’t say enough good things about Joe Cadieu and his team.  If you are in the Charlotte area and have tree problems, call Cadieu Tree Service.  We chose them because our landscape architect friend told us he was the only service who had the equipment to do the job.  The expertise of his climber, Chris, was amazing.

Chris making the first cut

Chris making the first cut

As the first cut was made, the crane held the top of the tree.  Chris was riding the trunk.  Have you seen Dr. Strangelove?  Slim Pickens riding the bomb down screaming “Yahoo”?  That was Chris as the top of the tree broke loose.

First cut tree top

First cut tree top

At this point we could finally see the damage.  There is some, mostly cosmetic to the house, except the window is still out and covered by a tarp.  Outside noise is louder than you think, but the sound of the rain is wonderful.

After Cadieu finished

After Cadieu finished

Check it out.  Not any damage to the landscape from the recovery.  Amazing work.  This was due to the expertise and planning for taking out the tree.

Here are some things I’ve been making:

New Dog Harnesses
These were made from a pattern I found on Pinterest and I cannot find the source data. I will continue to look. The coolest part of this is where the D-rings are located. There is no pressure on the neck of the dog which is critical for Jake.

Bird on Canvas Using Inktense Watercolor Pencils

Bird on Canvas Using Inktense Watercolor Pencils


This was for an online class. If you don’t know, Inktense Watercolor pencils are unlike other watercolor pencils. These pencils will put watercolor permanently onto surfaces other than paper, e.g., fabric, wood, even metal. All you do is color in whatever you want and then use a brush and plain water to activate what you drew. Cool. I extended the picture onto the sides of the canvas and then Photoshopped those onto the side of the front picture. That is why the photo looks weird.
Inktense on wood
This is an exercise which used the Inktense pencils on a wood template from Michaels. When I put the first coat on the bare wood, it was the color Mustard, the wood glowed. I am thinking about painting a small unfinished cabinet. The transparency gives it a delicate look.

More birds–

Fowlus Scientificus--Inktense Pencils

Fowlus Scientificus–Inktense Pencils

Western Meadowlark--Prismacolor Colored Pencils

Western Meadowlark–Prismacolor Colored Pencils


The Onion Weeps--sort of a Zentangle

The Onion Weeps–sort of a Zentangle

3 Responses

  1. I need a tree guy so thanks for the tip. And Jane, you artwork. It’s fascinating to watch it develop. You are talented and I rarely use that word. There is such life in what you draw.

  2. Wow. Thank you, Samantha. This goes o the refrigerator, which is working. Unlike the printer that will only feed paper up to 6 7/8 inches wide and the overheating computer. The DVR was replaced yesterday. The tree had nothing to do with this. What a week. I needed this.

  3. The Police have a song about a week like you had: “When the World is running down, you keep the best of what’s still around.” Great news about the tree removal. Great work exhibited here. I concur with Samantha: you are an artist.

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