Tag Archives: abstract art

A Garden In My Mind

Some days it is fun to splash watercolors around with my brush.

I did this abstract yesterday in my art journal:


I wasn’t thinking about anything in particular when I painted it.  The colors remind me of summer and a flower garden.

What does it remind you of?

Cheers!  🙂

Painting Progress

I’m making progress on the two acrylic flower paintings on canvas that I started last week that you can find, here.

I’m adding details with soft pastels which is a fairly new medium for me.  But first, I added a layer of Liquitex clear gesso over the acrylic painting.  It is like a pastel ground.  It dries clear but feels a little like sandpaper to the touch.  Without it, the pastels aren’t as vibrant.

Here is my liquid lava one:

And the more subdued one:

I’m not sure if they are done.  I will let them rest a few days to see how I feel about them.  If I am done, I will spray them with a fixative.

Take time to smell some flowers today – if only in your imagination!  🙂

Bright And Bold

I started two flower paintings on canvas yesterday.  I thought you might enjoy seeing the beginning stages.

I enjoyed adding texture to my first layer using a natural sea sponge.  After the first layer dried, I drew a quick sketch in pencil and then painted around my shapes.

Here is the first one:

And my bright and bold second one:

I didn’t have to work yesterday so I painted most of the day.  It was AWESOME!!  A great thing to do on a rainy day.  I look forward to having more time to finish them this weekend.

Have a Fabulous Friday!!

Cheers!  🙂

Returning To Work…

I’ve recently had to return to work in my husband’s business.  It has been an adjustment for me.

I find simply creating something – no matter how small or simple, helps relax me in the evening after work.  I’m reminded that it isn’t completing a masterpiece that is important but just doing some ART that brings me JOY!  🙂

I started a new (purchased) journal today from Strathmore (since my handmade journal is still in process) –

I love the soft cover and can’t wait to decorate the inside cover like I suggested in yesterday’s post!

It was relaxing to draw circles with Tombow  water soluble markers (and Artist Loft which are a cheap brand at Michael’s).  ADD water with a water brush and then MAGIC happens when the colors blend together!

I started to add some highlights of my white space with a black Micron .01 pen:

This is so FUN!  I love the colors and can’t wait to finish dooding!

Happy Creating!  🙂

Cheers To You!

I created this picture totally with my Gelli prints:


I used one print to cut out the wine bottle, glass and cheese and another print as a background.  I added a little pencil shading around these shapes.

This was totally unplanned!  I wanted to show it to you framed but it didn’t quite fit in the mat:


I’m learning a lot about framing my own artwork and hope that I can share some of this information with you in the future.

I plan to take the weekend off from my blog as it is a 3-day holiday weekend in the states.

So I wanted to wish you some good cheer!  🙂

Happy Creating!

Life Is A … Jigsaw Puzzle!

Do you ever feel like you get all the jigsaw pieces to fit together in a nice, neat little picture and then someone comes along and disturbs it… and all your pieces go flying!!  😉

You are left in a scramble like these scraps of paper:


I started by randomly gluing scraps of my Gelli-prints with a glue stick to a piece of paper like I did here.

There is something rewarding to just laying out your pieces to a jigsaw puzzle.  Maybe it is the anticipation in solving the puzzle?  🙂

I then use a pencil to accent each shape and a blending stick to blend the pencil to give the shape dimension.  As you can see I am about halfway done in this photo:


This is not a fast process – kind of like searching for that end piece in ALL those 5000 puzzle pieces!  But it helps me process information.  It gives me time to think about my options…


My puzzle is complete although it looks totally messy.  Kind of like life I guess…

Sometimes life’s puzzle pieces fit together easily and other times nothing seems to connect!  But you just keep looking for the pieces because you know there is a bigger picture in the end.

Cheers Friends!  🙂

An Abstract View

In May, we start packing up our car and heading to the lake on the weekends.  I thought you might enjoy seeing some of our views from our drive to the lake – in an abstract way!


In the Spring, the wild Lupines grow in the meadows in shades of blue and purple:


As the days get longer and summer arrives, so do fields of daisies and purple wild flowers:


In the fall, the cattails appear growing in a marsh area next to the highway:


I hope you enjoyed the drive!  I’d like to explore these small abstracts in greater detail.  These were done on 6 x 4.5 inch hot press watercolor paper with Neocolor water-soluble crayons.

Happy Exploring!  🙂

Faces and Bookmarks

I’ve been drawing faces of girls in my sketchbook lately as part of an assignment for the online class I’m taking from Carla Sonheim, “Y is for Yellow.”

I started with the hair first for these gaggle of girls:


And I really surprised myself!  These look like REAL people!  LOL!  🙂

The next faces I drew started with the eyes first:


I think all my drawing practice is starting to pay off!  I am starting to enjoy drawing people.

Remember the bookmark that I submitted to Uppercase Magazine at the end of January?

completed wine and cheese

Well, it didn’t get selected for the magazine but it is available for a free download if you subscribe to their free newsletter!  Here is the link if you want to sign up:


It is pretty cool to see my bookmark with all the other 300 bookmarks for the contest –  LOTS of creative people out there!

Happy Drawing and Reading!  🙂

And The Winner Is?

Thank you to ALL who shared your opinion yesterday I my bookmarks!  🙂

I currently have a tie for the vases and the wine and cheese.  So I’m posting them in color to let you choose your favorite once more:


They both look like a party or celebration is about to begin…

I look forward to hearing what you think!

Cheers!  🙂

A Coat of Many Colors

I was inspired by a beautiful photo of a sunrise that Debi Riley took to start my collage – be sure to check out Debi’s blog at:  http://debiriley.com/2016/01/21/wild-morning-sky/

Debi is a very talented watercolor artist!  She also has some excellent painting tips on her blog.

The cloud shapes in her photo reminded me a little of cotton candy.  So I started cutting out circles from my painted papers in blues, purples, pinks, oranges, reds and a touch of light blue and green.  Here is my result:

2016-1-22 Coat of Many Color Collage

The size is 9 x 12 inches.  As I was pasting my circles to my paper with a glue stick, I listened to the album, “Somewhere” by Eva Cassidy.

One of my favorite songs on that album is “A Coat of Many Colors.”  I like Dolly Parton singing it too but Eva is my favorite!

Check out this YouTube video with Eva Cassidy:

Enjoy your day!

Jill  🙂