Comfy warm blanket…
Black cat sleeping on the couch,
Move over kitty!
I thought my watercolor pattern from my last post looked like a fabric quilt so I painted an image of my black cat, Jack with Sumi ink on a separate piece of paper. I cut out his shape, added some shading and placed him on the pattern.
Seems like a good day for a cat nap, how about you?
Posted in Cats, Doodles, Haiku, Humor, ink, Photograpy, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged cat naps, cats, creative play, haiku, humor, ink, paper collage, photography, relaxing, smile, watercolor, word play
I took these photos, last Saturday when I took A Walk In The Park
I hope to paint some of these trees in watercolor but work has been extra busy this week …
So for now, I wrote a haiku to share with these photos:
Things are looking up!
Fall leaves scatter unaware…
Isn’t it wonderful how nature helps us notice the simple pleasures in life and celebrate its beauty?!
Posted in fall, Haiku, nature, Nature Photography, Reflections, Trees, Uncategorized
Tagged autumn, Colorful, fall leaves, grateful, haiku, nature, nature photography, peaceful, reflection, smile, trees
My blog title sounds like it could be part of the lyrics from Joni Mitchell’s song, “Both Sides Now.” 😉
However, my post today does involve some illusions… and imaginary fish!
The Carnival Fish was created by making copies of my “Bearded Hat Fish,” that you can find here: What Rhymes With Weird?! My copier was about out of ink so the fish is more yellow in color than my original.
I made two copies of my fish and lined up the images together in one stack. I then cut 1/2 inch strips being careful to keep my images in the order of my design. Next, I glued the two exact image strips next to each other on a piece of heavier paper with a glue stick. This gives it the affect that reminds me of the mirrors in a carnival thus the name.
The Cloud Fish reminded me of the lazy days of summer and seeing shapes in the clouds… My haiku says, “Lazy Cloud fish swim, Above the sea in blue skies, Slowly passing by.”
I created it with color pencils and Copic markers. What other images do you see in the clouds beside the fish?
My Jack Fish is a drawing of my cat, Jack – you can see a photo of him here: Why A Cat Needs An Umbrella My cat loves to eat canned cat food – especially FISH! (No, he doesn’t actually eat the whole fish but it makes for a good drawing.) Lol!
There actually is a REAL fish called a Jack fish! Did you know that?!
I hope you enjoyed my imaginary fish! Maybe they will inspire you to create with your imagination.
Posted in art challenge, Cats, Drawing, Fish, Haiku, Humor, imaginary drawings, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged #create50fish, art challenge, art journal, cats, clouds, color pencils, creative play, drawing, fish, haiku, humor, imagination, inspiration, learning, Paper Cutting, sketchbook, songs
I learned this technique from Carla Sonheim to create a drawing with just seven lines. Carla calls it a haiku drawing, I call it FUN! 🙂
I created seven different shapes of fish – each one with just seven lines in my sketchbook:
Next, I brushed some watercolor paint onto my Gelli Plate and stamped it onto my paper. I love the unexpected results of this technique!
I like that the Gelli Plate is available in a variety of sizes now such as this one which is 3 x 5 inches:
Have you ever used a Gelli Plate for stamping or monoprinting? I’d love if you shared your experience with me!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Fish, gelli printing, Haiku, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #create50fish, art journal, color play, creative ideas, drawing, experiment, fish, Gelli Plate, haiku, sketchbook, stamping, technique, watercolor
An evening sunset?
Peeling bark on an old tree?
IMAGINE I say…
I enjoy doing these abstract watercolors – what do you SEE in them?
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, Drawing, Haiku, ink, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract art, color experiments, color play, creative play, drawing, haiku, imagination, ink, relax, watercolor
I was saddened yesterday by another senseless high school shooting near me at Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington. One student was killed and 3 more injured but should survive. The shooter is in custody – a student.
I am thinking about the teachers, families and children who were affected by this terrible violence when creating this drawing and lighting a candle of peace.
I do not know the people who were shot but I think a tragedy such as this touches us all. Hug those you love today…
Peace Friends! 💜
It was a blue-sky kind of day at the lake yesterday. The sun was shining, no wildfire smoke was in the air and we enjoyed a nice boat ride on smooth water!
Summer skies of blue,
Filtered streams of sun light,
Fade into fall’s grasp:
Wishing you a blue-sky kind of relaxation wherever you are!
Posted in Haiku, Lake, nature, Nature Photography, poetry, Uncategorized
Tagged fall, haiku, happy, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, peaceful, photography, poety, relaxing, summer, the lake
Is it possible to create a face with just 7 lines? Yes, I say!! 😄
1. It starts with a line
2. And connects to a feature…
3. They are easy and fun –
4. But may look like a creature! Lol! 😉
And here is a step-by-step example:
I hope you give one a try!
Seven lines for a face…
Is all it takes!
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, Drawing, Faces, Haiku, Humor, imaginary drawings, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, color pencils, connect the lines, creative ideas, doodles, drawing, drawing faces, experiment, fun, funny faces, haiku, humor, imagination, ink pen, play
Some people see weeds…
I see a field of flowers,
Growing wild and free.
I took this photo yesterday at the lake. We had such a beautiful weekend – sunny and warm.
These daisies are considered weeds in the State of Idaho but I think they look so pretty!
Happy Monday! Cheers! 🙂
Posted in Flowers, Haiku, Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged beautiful place, daisies, haiku, inspiration, nature, nature photography, peaceful, relaxing, sunny day, the lake
My hubby and I opened up our lake place (trailer) over the weekend. We weren’t sure of the weather but decided to chance it and left home in rainy weather but arrived at the lake in sunshine!
The weather turned out to be wonderfully warm and the sky was the brilliant blue of summer… although the mountains were still covered with snow!
We took our first boat ride of the season… Lake time for us is May through September. I have been going to Priest Lake, Idaho since I was a baby so it always feels like coming home when I arrive!
Here are some more photos for you to enjoy with a haiku:
Snow on rocky peaks,
Sunshine sparkles on waves blue-green…
Ah, fresh mountain air!
Posted in Haiku, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged beautiful place, haiku, heaven on earth, lake, lake time, love this place, mountains, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, snow on mountains, sunshine