Friday, October 30, 2009


My Garden in the Spring
copyright © kay eneim 2009

I think homegrown flowers are the most beautiful to paint, and I think it's good for a person to get down in the dirt and dig... so gardening is good for me. Time flies when I'm in the garden.

Well... a few weeks ago I had a rude awakening. I was greeted...up REALLY CLOSE and a rattlesnake!

He had been hiding in the overgrown herb bed. When I started watering the bushy plants he was hiding under, he decided to pop his head up out of the bush, about a foot above, and he just looked at me. He then slithered over and down to a clearing. That's when I saw the rattles on the tail.

Surprising to me, he never coiled and he never rattled. Thankfully, he didn't strike. I might easily have begun digging in that spot. It happened on the Feast of the Guardian Angels. I am very grateful to mine.

Not being any sort of expert on the subject of rattlesnakes, I can only guess that, with the cooler weather, he was starting to get sluggish for his winter sleep. I've heard that rattlers don't always warn you with their 'rattle' when they are around, but I was pretty shocked to have experienced it.

I will definitely keep the garden trimmed closer from now on so those critters won't have a place to hide anymore because I still love... truly LOVE... living in the desert!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Howard/Mandville Gallery 19th Annual Invitational Small Works Show

'Roses IV' . oil on canvas . 14 x 11 . 2009
copyright ©kay eneim 2009

Green Pomegranate' . oil on linen panel
6 x 16 . 2009
copyright ©kay eneim 2009

These two little paintings will be shown in the Howard/Mandville Gallery 19th Annual Invitational Small Works Show
in Kirkland, Washington, from November 5 - 30, 2009.
The sale will be held on November 14, 2009.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pear and Manzanita Berries

'Pear and Manzanita Berries' . oil on linen panel . 5 x 7 . 2009
copyright © kay eneim 2009
sold through Scottsdale Artists' School

A pear... and, most importantly to me, manzanita berries from the mountains a couple of hours drive away. The berries are a beautiful 'apple' green when fresh. They then dry to a warm golden coral color... a treasured little gift from the Manzanita!

This painting has been accepted into the juried "Fresh Paint" segment of the Beaux Arts Fundraiser to benefit the Scottsdale Artists' School, to be held on November 14th. The proceeds from this painting will be donated to them. The Scottsdale Artists' School is a tremendous resource for artists. I am very grateful to be able to attend one of the finest schools in the country.