I remember fishing with my family as a young child. When we went in my dad’s boat on the lake, we would sit for hours (or so it seemed) without the fish taking a bite… talk about BORING!! 🙄
When I was a teenager, we started creek fishing which was much more EXCITING! 😃 We could actually SEE the fish swimming in the creek water. And we caught fish! Hooray!! I recall how wonderful they tasted knowing I caught them! 👍
Two of my sweet friends from Germany and I are going on our own CREATIVE, fishing expedition starting September 1st and you are welcome to join us if you’d like! 🐡
My goal is to create 50 mixed media fish and post mainly on Instagram. However, a fish or two may swim onto a blog post! 😮
I started experimenting with materials and here is a fish appetizer for you:
I will show you my fish finding tools on Friday. I hope you join me!
Posted in Art Journal, Fish, Humor, Lake, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art challenge, art journal, creative play, fish, fishing, friends, fun, gelli-printed paper, markers, micron black pen, mixed media art, Posca pens, white gel pen
It started feeling a little like fall this last weekend at the lake. Saturday was super hot with temperatures in the 90’s but Sunday, we finally got some rain! Hoorah!! We have been without rain for almost 45 days and it has been so hot and dry. We need more precipitation but at least this helped clear away some smoke from wild fires our area.
There was a big drop in air temperature – almost 25 degrees. We went swimming and I think the water was warmer than the 65 degree Fahrenheit air. 😉
When I think of fall, I think of golden yellow like this Common Tansy that seemed to be in bloom everywhere:
And the color, brown like some of these leaves on this apple tree. The deer will be eating their fill on them soon. This single daisy in this photo on the right, seemed to be waving goodbye to summer!
Pearly Everlasting flowers were in bloom – these make excellent dried bouquets!
And other leaves were starting to change to their golden yellow foliage:
I discovered a rare patch of wild raspberries – oh, so sweet! The end of summer fruit. I hope to paint them in my nature journal soon. 🙂
I don’t know the name of these white berries… possibly they are snowberries? I know they aren’t edible:
Snowberries are members of the honeysuckle family and start appearing in late summer.
How do you notice the change of seasons in fall? What is your favorite season? I hope you share it with me! 🍂
Posted in fall, Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged changing seasons, fall, flowers, nature, Nature Journal, nature photography, plants, the lake, wild raspberries, wildflowers
I was rear ended in my vehicle yesterday… this will be the second time in less than two years by people NOT paying attention. It makes me very upset.
I do not feel well to create art so I’m sharing these photos from the lake last weekend:
I find the colors soothing and the memories of this place, healing…
What colors do you find soothing when you are upset? I hope you share it with me.
Posted in Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Reflections, Uncategorized
Tagged beautiful place, healing, nature, nature photography, peaceful, reflection, summer, the lake
I like to pick a few wildflowers when I’m at the lake so that I can study and paint them in watercolor.
I found Common Tansy and Common Yarrow wildflowers yesterday at the lake. They may be common in name but not common for me to paint!
I tried to paint them loosely and then added a few details with a BROWN micron pen to change things up a little.
I struggled with painting the Birch bark so I realize it looks a bit strange. 😉
Here is a photo of what I was trying to paint:
I like the burst of red from the cherry, how about you? I thought it was a good way to end #World Watercolor Month as today is the last day to celebrate – thanks Charlie at doodlewash.com for making it such a fun month!
Posted in #worldwatercolormonth, art challenge, Art Journal, Drawing, Flowers, Lake, Nature Journal, Uncategorized
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, drawing, flowers, ink pen, inspiration, nature, Nature Journal, painting outdoors, relaxation, summer, sunny day, the lake, tree bark, watercolor, wild rose, wildflowers
I love summer when the berries and cherries are ripe for picking!
We had such a wet Spring that I had the best crop of blueberries in my yard! Of course I had to paint them with my new set of Rembrandt watercolor paints! 🙂
I made a light pencil sketch first and then painted wet into wet. I added sketchy details with a micron black pen after the watercolor had dried. It is more abstract than realistic but I like it.
Pie cherries were ripe at the lake last weekend in the neighbor’s yard – these are sour cherries – not good for eating off the tree but delish for pies, that is if the Robins don’t eat them first!
I picked a few to paint in my art journal:
I love those bright reds, don’t you?!
It was super fun to experiment in different painting styles.
Do you have a favorite summer fruit? I hope you share it with me!
Happy Summer! Cheers! 🙂
Posted in #worldwatercolormonth, Abstract Art, Art Journal, Drawing, Lake, nature, Still Life, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, art journal, blueberries, cherries, creative play, experiment, fruit, ink pen, inspiration, nature, painting outdoors, painting styles, Rembrandt watercolors, summer, the lake, watercolor
It was a windy day at the lake yesterday – good for sailing! 🙂
Sailing is something I have only done once but I think I’d like to go again. How about you?
I discovered a wonderful artist on Pinterest named Sandi Fitzgerald. You can find images of her art on Pinterest, Facebook and Flickr.
I loved Sandi’s whimsical style. She inspired me to create this watercolor face in my sketchbook yesterday:
“Mary dreamed of sailing…”
Wishing you a day to sail away… even if only in your dreams!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Lake, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, boating, creative play, drawing, drawing faces, dreaming, happy, inspiration, pinterest, sailing, sketchbook, summer, the lake, watercolor, Whimsical Art, windy day
I apologize that I haven’t posted in a few days… life has kind of gotten in the way! I haven’t been feeling well and so I have gotten behind.
I thought you might enjoy taking a little walk with me at the lake after a busy week…
These pie cherries are looking pretty ripe! The Robins haven’t eaten these…yet!
The sunset looks like a winner tonight – look at these whispy clouds!
Pinecones piled high for a beach fire – yet look at that yellow flower growing on the edge! 🙂
As I step onto the dock, I notice the clouds reflecting on the water and plants sprouting new growth between boards:
I like the combination of the moss growing on the dock boards and the mountains in the distance in this sunset view:
As I walk back to my little place at the lake, I notice these beautiful flowers:
I just love their color combination, don’t you? 💜
Wishing you a happy day taking a walk enjoying the beauty around you – I hope you share a description with me!
Posted in Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged flowers, inspiration, life, mountains, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, relaxation, sunsets, taking a walk, the lake
My parents had a cabin at the lake where I spent many wonderful summers as a child. One of the best memories was my mom making Huckleberry pancakes from the fresh berries we picked – like these that I recently made for my hubby:
My hubby and I still spend our summers at the same lake – Priest Lake, in Northern Idaho but in our little trailer by the lake. The views are similar:
Our friends we’ve made – extraordinary! ❤
We love nature:
And our little piece of heaven on earth:
Posted in Drawing, Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, art journal, beautiful place, friendship, happy, Huckleberries, huckleberry pancakes, love this place, memories, nature, nature photography, summer, the lake
OK, I must confess… watercolor is NOT my chosen art medium BUT when I spent some time splashing the paint around like yesterday at the lake for World Watercolor Month, it really does ROCK!
This is one of the reasons I like this mountain lake so much – it is soooo clean that you can actually SEE the rocks!
Posted in Art Journal, Lake, nature, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, art journal, nature, painting outdoors, relaxation, rocks, summer, the beach, the lake
I took this photo at the lake recently:
Then had fun changing it with a free app called, “Layout,” on my iPad:
Doesn’t it look cool?!
Here is another one with a different photo:
Wishing you a day to relax doing what you enjoy!
Posted in Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged blue sky, creative ideas, creative play, fun, happy, inspiration, lake, mountains, nature, nature photography, photo app, relaxation, summer