Category Archives: Lake

Lily Of The Valley

A haiku for you…

Lily white as snow,

Adoring leaves surround you –

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Making you the show!

Wishing you a Sunny Sunday to enjoy nature’s beauty around you!

Cheers! ūüôā

A Day To Reflect

Some days I just need to slow down and reflect on life…

Yesterday seemed like the perfect day at the lake! ¬†ūüėÉ

A good morning reflection – so thankful to be alive here at the lake!

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An evening boat ride on calm waters:

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Just breathe!  Love these cotton ball clouds and calm waters.  Thank you God for this beautiful place to unwind and recharge.

Pink clouds… such an amazing view!

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Thank you for this day!  Wow!  God!  Your masterpieces are such a work of art in nature!!

Wishing you a day to relax and enjoy what brings you happiness in life!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

A Nature Notan

Perhaps you remember the Notan I did previously?  If not you can find it here.  It is a  Japanese form of paper cutting with black and white shapes.

I decided to try another the other night to unwind from my work day…

I enjoyed the paper cutting part but the glueing went a little haywire. ¬†I was using a glue stick and it got super sticky. ¬†Then I accidentally glued the wrong side of a piece of paper so I dabbed it with a Kleenx and it stuck to the paper….

Rather than panic, I decided to add the “tissue look” to the black paper. ¬†And I think it turned out OK. ¬† I think I have a solution for the next one without using a glue stick. ¬†ūüėČ

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Hope you enjoy the long weekend if you are living in the States. ¬†I’m heading to the lake!

Cheers! ūüôā

Air Cool And Crisp

We closed up¬†our lake place yesterday.¬† My feelings are bittersweet.¬† I will miss the mountains, the lake, our friends and our weekend “get aways!”¬† Yet I’m looking forward to being home,¬†snuggling¬†with my¬†cat while reading a good book and creating more art!¬† ūüôā

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Brilliant blue sky,

Air cool and crisp…

Clouds form –

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Pinecones fall,

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Leaves change…

And Autumn begins!

Wishing you a Sunny Sunday Friends!¬† ūüôā

A Natural Influence

I have been sketching more with pencil in my art journal.  And then adding a little watercolor for color such as this wildflower, the Purple Pea Vine:

I like learning about the wildflowers native at our lake in Northern Idaho.  My mom was excellent about knowing their names so I was probably influenced by her.

Each July, I remember my mom, who passed away in July 1999 by walking on her favorite nature trail at the lake.  So this last weekend, I painted one of her favorite flowers, the Begonia.  I planted this one in an old bucket at the lake:

My mom always loved watermelon on the 4th of July so I had to paint a slice!

This watermelon stepping stone I made in her memory several years ago:

It was very relaxing to paint¬†this last weekend at the lake.¬† I’m starting to like my paintings more and I can see some improvement.¬† ūüôā

Do you do something special each year to remember a loved one?  I would love to hear about it if you want to share it with me.

Happy Painting!¬† ūüôā

Loose Landscapes

Letter “L” is for loose landscapes at the lake!

As a warm-up exercise for my online class, Y is for Yellow with Carla Sonheim; I did some quick sketches on leftover watercolor paper scraps with a gray and black Neocolor crayon:

I painted several pieces of¬† watercolor paper with¬†house paint samples that I had leftover from Lynn Whipple’s Big Bold Flower Painting class.¬† Once dry, I used Dick Blick’s Economy “Blickrylic” acrylic paints to paint landscapes based loosely on my sketches:

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imageIt was lots of fun!¬† ūüôā¬†¬†This assignment inspired me to paint¬†landscapes in colors I would not normally use such as these colors:

As you can see, I have them ready to put in my old “ledger” that I showed you in my post yesterday.

Now, I want to try large and loose landscapes on canvas!

I encourage you try painting loosely and boldly today!  It may give you a new perspective on life!

Happy Painting!¬† ūüôā

Precious Puddles

It FINALLY rained¬†this weekend!¬† In case you haven’t heard on the news, the Pacific Northwest is raging in wildfires!

We are hoping the rain¬†today and¬†(hopefully) during the week and the cooler weather – will help¬†ease the work of¬†firefighters¬†in our area and stop the destruction.¬† The smoke has been so bad, it has been difficult to breathe¬†the air or see the mountains!¬† So today I took¬†these photos after the rain at the lake¬†to share with you….

Grab you raincoat and your boots and let’s jump in some puddles!

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A daisy for your thoughts:

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A fall leaf floating in a puddle:

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Burnt tree bark from area fires on the beach:

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Storm clouds over the lake:

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We continue to pray for rain!

Thanks for taking a walk with me and splashing in some puddles!

Happy Monday!¬† ūüôā

Welcome To The Beach!

I thought you might enjoy these photos I took at the lake this weekend.

Put¬†your sandals and let’s go to the beach!¬† ūüôā

A view from a pine tree.  Take a deep breath and smell that fresh pine scent:

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Look some rocks left over from a child’s sand castle:

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Dig your toes into the wet sand!  Awww!  Now, have a seat and enjoy the view:

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Oh, look!  There is a Spotted Sandpiper on the shore:

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Looks like it’s time for a bird bath!¬† ūüôā

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One last photo – a reflection of the clouds in the water:

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Glad you could come along for a visit!

Enjoy your day!¬† ūüôā