I love the view of this crabapple tree outside my kitchen window:
This photo was taken in May when the tree was showing its spectacular pink blossoms!
I decided to add a photo of it to my mixed media sketchbook as the tree inspires me all four seasons! I colored the photo with color pencils so the flowers stood out.
And below is the Robin that I painted and showed you in my last post:
Inspiration of place can sometimes come from what we see outside a window in our home… Below is a photo of both pages together in my art journal.
What view inspires YOU, outside a window? I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, nature, Trees, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged 4 seasons, art journal, bird, Crabapple tree, flowering tree, inspiration, nature, Robin, trees, watercolor
I prefer to draw from a reference photo but yesterday, I decided to try drawing from memory:
It helped to have a good teacher. The teacher was Jeanne-Marie Webb from the online class: Paint Your Heart and Soul 2019. This year the theme is painting loose.
I drew two faces with charcoal pencil, Derwent Inktense Blocks and chalk. Next, I fragmented the faces by cutting up the eyes separate from the nose and mouth. I glued the features so they didn’t completely match on a separate piece of paper. I collaged my Gelli-Plate printed papers with my drawings.
I am starting to see improvements in my face drawings… Hoorah!
How about you, do YOU enjoy drawing from memory?
Posted in Drawing, gelli printing, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, paper collage, Trees, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged chalk, charcoal, drawing, drawing from memory, faces, Gelli-Prints, imagination, Inktense blocks, Jeanne-Marie Webb, mixed media art, online art classes, trees
Continuing with my Alphabet watercolor and collage series for the month of July…
Letter, “T” is for trees:
Do you see a couple of birds in my tree? 😉
”U” never know when a unicorn will show up!
Especially when under a sun umbrella!
And no, I wasn’t sampling the vino…
Just drawing with my eyes closed! (Yes, my eyes were open for the painting, lettering and I did cheat a little and add a few extra lines to the wine bottles with my eyes open…)
I have decided to spend a few extra days enjoying the lake this week. Temps will be in the high 80’s and low 90’s…
Summer is so short here that it is nice to enjoy when the weather is good!
There is something about the water that is so soothing…
Cheers to summer! 🙂
Posted in #worldwatercolormonth, Alphabet Art Journal, art challenge, Art Journal, Drawing, Humor, Lake, paper collage, smile, Trees, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, alphabet journal, art journal, Colorful, creative play, drawing, happy, humor, summer, the lake, watercolor, whimsical
My sister-in-law made us these beautiful potholders that arrived in the mail yesterday… just because! ❤️ A wonderful surprise. 🙂
I just love the colors and patterns and stitching… I’m not sure I can use them for hot foods as they are too pretty!
And speaking of cold… we woke-up to 8 inches of new snow yesterday morning! 😮
I guess winter isn’t done with us in the Pacific Northwest. Time to make a homemade pot of hot soup on a cold day!
Posted in Humor, nature, Nature Photography, Sewing, Trees, Uncategorized
Tagged cold, Colorful, fabric, Gifts, handmade, just because, nature, nature photography, sewing, Snow, trees, Winter
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
I just love Winsor and Newton’s Opera Rose! Such a brilliant pink – a perfect color to paint my flowering crabapple in watercolor that I drew previously here.
I tried to paint it looser and added a few splatters at the end.
Now, our second crabapple tree in our yard is blooming… with all the rain we had this Spring, it is “buzzing” with new growth! I have never seen this tree so full of blossoms.
I have a new subject to paint. YAY!
Posted in Flowers, Trees, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged Colorful, Crabapple tree, love flowers, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, pink blossoms, Spring, watercolor
We had several inches of snow this last weekend which made for this perfect photo opportunity:
When I went outside to take this photo at night is was so very quiet…It made me stop and just enjoy the “glow in the snow!”
Nature always has a way of making me stop and enjoy its beauty!!
Happy Monday!! 🙂
Posted in Color, Life, Nature Photography, Photograpy, Trees, Uncategorized
Tagged Christmas, Christmaslights, Colorful, glow, holidays, nature, Outdoor lights, peaceful, photography, reflection, Snow, Winter, winterwonderland
I was experimenting yesterday with different art mediums to create these trees:
I masked off the background with masking tape and then used salt over Dr. Ph Martin’s India ink. I also used Pan Pastels on them.
Not all my experiments turned out. Like the above one on the left where I used glass bead gel and India ink. It didn’t want to dry. But I still kind of like it.
The one next to it, I used matte medium, masked it off and used watercolor then salt. And finished it with the pan pastels after I rubbed off the salt. I like its softer feel.
Speaking of trees, I am amazed how much my Red Maple tree has changed color since I posted a photo of it here, last Sunday:
Red Maple a blaze,
Dazzling like a sunset
Fall’s color display.
Wishing you a Sunny Sunday, Friends! 🙂
Posted in Haiku, Mixed Media, Sunny Sundays, Trees, Uncategorized
Tagged art experiments, creative fun, experiment, haiku, india ink, inspiration, mixed media, pan pastels, salt, Sunny Sunday, trees, watercolor
I remember the big white Paper Birch tree that my parents planted in their front yard. As kids, we took its lovely shade and beautiful white bark for granted. It was a shame when it became diseased and had to be chopped down.
I planted a River Birch in my yard a few years ago. It is supposed to be more resistant to disease. It has a light pink bark that peels. I love how it dances in the wind like yesterday when I snapped this photo. It’s leaves are starting to change from green to gold and look dazzling against this brilliant blue sky:
It was my inspiration to play with patterns in one of my sketchbooks.
I started with loose sketches of leaves in Neocolors (water soluble crayons) and then painted yellow india ink over the leaves. I also added a blue background with the india ink – using Dr. Ph. Martin’s colored ink. I have never “painted” ink on before – how fun!
I finished it by gluing some of my Gelli-printed deli paper on top with a glue stick:
It was very relaxing to just “play” and I encourage you to give it a try! 🙂
Did you have a favorite tree when you were a child? I’d love to hear about it!
Happy Experimenting! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal, Mixed Media, Nature Photography, Trees, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, Birch tree, collage, color play, creative, fall, Gelli-Prints, imagination, india ink, inspiration, leaves, memories, mixed media, nature, nature photography, Neocolors, patterns, trees