Category Archives: Lake

A Nudnik Bird

Today’s weird bird is rather dull…

It is a Nudnik bird!

Nudnik (nood-nik) – a persistently dull, boring pest.

Sometimes I feel like my weird birds are a little boring or maybe I just need a break from creating them for awhile.

So I have decided to take a blogging break and enjoy the lake for the summer.

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! šŸ™‚

July Square-A-Day Project

Perhaps you remember my post regarding my inspiration for my first ten days of my July Square-A-Day Project? If not you can find it here: 10 Watercolor Squares

I created in watercolor for July but also some gouache for each day on a 1.75 x 1.75 inch square:

Nature was my inspiration for most of my squares. Yet, I did include a couple of abstracts and a little whimsy!

Painting outside at the lake was something I truly enjoyed! I encourage you to paint outdoors.

Cheers! šŸ™‚

Sweet Summer Time…

Summers in the Pacific Northwest where I live, seem sooo short!

I can’t believe we are already in the middle of July…

The lake water is FINALLY getting warm with SUN at last!

I have decided to take a short blogging break and enjoy –

Sweet Summer Time!

And paint! I look forward to sharing more discoveries in my watercolor nature journal with you:

Happy Summer!

Cheers! šŸ™‚

Planting Patterns

I have declared the month of JuneĀ to beĀ doodle month for my Square-A-Day project. Ā I look forward to showing youĀ all my squaresĀ at the end of this month… but here is aĀ sneak preview:


Drawing doodles orĀ patternsĀ is something I find calming and relaxing. Ā I did this one in my art journal with color pencils recently:


It looks like I amĀ planting patternsĀ like rows of flowers or vegetables in a garden!

PatternsĀ and inspiration areĀ everywhere…Ā 

Like this photo I took recently at the lake. Ā The moon was almost full!


There areĀ patternsĀ in the water, the trees and the sky!

I hope you will beĀ inspiredĀ by theĀ patterns in your world!

Cheers! šŸ™‚


A Perfect Day

I interruptĀ this weeklyĀ weird bird post to shareĀ a perfect day with you!

We had to make a quick trip to the lake yesterday to have our RV fixed by ā€œBob,ā€ the mobileĀ RV doctor! šŸ˜‰

It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the 80ā€™s so I thought you might want to tag along with me for someĀ lake timeĀ in Northern Idaho…

Priest LakeĀ does look rather inviting with its pristine water but it is still a chilly 60 degrees.


Iā€™d rather sit in a beach chair and enjoy the view, how about you?


The wild roses are in bloom and soĀ Pretty In Pink


I even discovered a bumble bee enjoying them!


The Cottonwood trees were shedding their cottony seeds and it looked a little like snow falling from this brilliant blue sky.


My friend, Marsha showed me herĀ amazing needlepointĀ she is creating of BIRDS! I canā€™t wait until she completes all the unique stitches and adds their beaded hats!


I hope you enjoyed thisĀ perfect dayĀ at the lake with me!

As the sign in our kitchen at home says… ā€œA day at the lake isĀ worth a monthĀ in town!ā€


Cheers! šŸ™‚

P.S. I did see a ā€œgangā€ of turkeys cross the road on the car ride home… perhaps they will show up in next weekā€™sĀ weird bird Wednesday!Ā 

Red, White and Blue

Today is Memorial DayĀ in the United States when we proudly wave our American flag to thank ALL who have served our country so we can live in freedom!

Hoorah for theĀ red, white and blue!!

On a side note, it has been a windy, rainy and cool weekend at the lake. Ā We have spent much of it indoors; reading, napping and eating! šŸ˜‰


What have you been doing over the weekend to relax?

Cheers! šŸ™‚

Inspired by Place

I started a mixed media class last week with Lendon Noe, hosted by Carla Sonheim.  The online class is called, ā€œInspired by Place.ā€

I find it an intriguing subject.

Is place a home, perhaps a memory such as a childhood home?  Is place a feeling, a sense of calm from being with nature?  Or is place from your imagination?  There are many other possibilities!

I was inspired to create this collaged landscape of a place I hold dear to my heart in my art journal:


It is a view of Chimney Rock at Priest Lake, Idaho.

I love this place!  It holds a special memory where I have been spending my summers since childhood.  It brings me a feeling of peace when I see it in person and from photographs such as this one:


And it is a place that I sometimes go in my imagination when I need to relax.

What place inspires you?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! šŸ™‚

When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.” – Alexandra Stoddard

Landscape Vignettes

Perhaps you recall the online landscape artĀ class I told you about fromĀ Anita Lehmann? Ā If not, you can learn more about it here: Ā Exploring Landscape

I enjoyed painting these 1.5 x 1.5 inchĀ landscape vignettesĀ in watercolor; the first 2 rows were from my imagination and the last 3 rows wereĀ free photo images of lake and wheat field imagesĀ fromĀ


I discovered a limited color palette and subject matter made the exercise more cohesive and less busy in my last 3 rows:


New materials I used for this project were removable tape – 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch in diameter that I purchased locally at Michaels and Art Graf watercolor graphite that I purchased online from Dick Blick:


I encourage you to give this exercise a try…

I learned to seeĀ landscape shapesĀ andĀ elements of designĀ instead of focusing on small details. Ā It also helped me to work quickly and get aĀ feelĀ of the landscape instead of focusing on minute details.

Cheers! šŸ™‚

Exploring Landscape

I recently completed an online class fromĀ Anita Lehmann called, ā€œTranslating Landscapes.ā€ The class was hosted byĀ Carla Sonheim. Ā 

I am still learning so much from this class!! Anita is a wonderful teacher. Ā She is also a licensed architect in Washington State.

ExploringĀ the elements of designĀ in landscapeĀ has helped me to SEE my subject in a different way. Ā I am learning to see more abstractly as ā€œshapes.ā€

We warmed up with a favorite subject of mine, PEARS! Ā I enjoyed experimenting with a variety of art materials using the design elements on a 6 x 6 inch paper:



Next, I applied the design elements to my photo from the lake:


Here are my favorites from this exploration:



ā€œMotiveā€ combines several design elements into one design.

If youā€™d like to learn more about Anita H LehmannĀ and view her art, please check out: Ā or ahldraws on Instagram.

Cheers! šŸ™‚

Sense It


The lake once calm and smooth like glass,

FeelsĀ the wind upon its surface,

It hearsĀ the rumbling of the clouds,


And its waves turn into white caps…

It tastesĀ the raindrops from above,

And smellsĀ a fresh clean scent…


Then it seesĀ the sun peak through the clouds,

And knows that it can rest.

I wrote this poem about the lake when I was 13-years-old. Ā SometimesĀ the lakeĀ seemsĀ sense it before the weather changes.

Cheers! šŸ™‚