We had a sunny day mixed with rain yesterday. I took this photo of a rose bush in my yard.
I thought it was beautiful how the rain droplet was held within its petals like arms holding onto the end of summer.
It inspired me to write a haiku:
Last bloom before frost?
Petals fade but one remains…
Unfolding with hope.
May you find hope in the beauty that surrounds you.
Posted in Flowers, Haiku, inspiration, Life, Nature Photography, Photograpy, Uncategorized
Tagged autumn, changing seasons, creative, haiku, hope, inspiration, life, nature photography, nature's beauty, new growth, rose
We had a sunny, blue-sky Autumn day in the Pacific Northwest yesterday. It inspired me to take these photos of trees in my yard and then splash some watercolor paint around!
Nature is full of colorful inspiration! The name of each tree is under the photo.
River Birch Tree – has interesting bark texture and greenish-gold leaves.
Sunset Maple – Fall colors of a sunset!
Crabapple Tree – the birds love to feed on the tiny crabapples in the winter. This tree is color-filled all 4 seasons.
Larch Tree – needles turn gold in Autumn and fall off.
And my watercolor experiments:
How does nature’s colors inspire you?
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, fall, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract art, art experiments, autumn leaves, changing seasons, Colorful, creative play, inspiration, nature, sunny day, watercolor
As the cooler temps of autumn arrive here in the Pacific Northwest, I have decided to take a short blogging break…
I hope to get caught up on some housecleaning since I have been gone to the lake all summer…
And I need to get into an exercise routine again.
I have gotten behind on reading your blogs…
And I want to enjoy creating art without any deadlines for a little while.
I hope you enjoy these photos from my yard. Nature’s display of color always brightens my day! I hope it will for you as well.
The lake once calm and smooth like glass,
Feels the wind upon its surface,
It hears the rumbling of the clouds,
And its waves turn into white caps…
It tastes the raindrops from above,
And smells a fresh clean scent…
Then it sees 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. Sometimes the lake seems sense it before the weather changes.
Posted in Lake, nature, Nature Photography, poetry, Reflections, Uncategorized
Tagged 5 senses, changing seasons, fall, lake, nature, peaceful, photography, poetry, quiet moments, relax
Summer clouds reflect,
Another season ending…
Autumn’s chill arrives.
My hubby and I went kayaking Saturday before the big chill arrived at the lake. The early morning rain shower on Sunday brought a new layer of cool autumn air.
We close up at the lake soon. I always feel a little sad to see another summer season end…
We feel blessed to have so many wonderful memories and seasons with our friends at the lake!
Cheers to good memories! 🙂
P.S. What memories do you cherish with friends? I hope you share them with me! ❤️
Posted in Haiku, Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Photograpy, Reflections, Uncategorized
Tagged autumn, changing seasons, friends, lake, memories, mountains, nature, peaceful, photography, poetry, reflection, summer
I’m starting an online class tomorrow that I am very excited about! Carla Sonheim is hosting an online poetry and mixed media art class with Lendon Noe called, “Making Meaning: Inspired By Poetry.”
I am excited about the mixed media techniques Lendon Noe will be teaching in her class and also learning what poets and poems other students in the class enjoy.
One idea Lendon shares in her intro video is taking a section of a poem and illustrating it. This is what I tried to do below with one of my favorite poems by Robert Frost, “Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening.”
Morning temperatures dipped into the mid 30’s this weekend so it seems we have skipped Autumn and gone straight to winter here in “my neck of the woods!” Lol!
Do you have a favorite poem or poet? I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Mixed Media, poetry, Uncategorized
Tagged art classes, changing seasons, colored ink, experiment, favorite poets, mixed media art, poetry, Robert Frost, Snow
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 have made progress to my doodle I started last week. Here is where I left off:
I was having fun doodling all the twists and turns so I had to add a few more to my design:
It’s almost done! Next I will add color…
Sometimes life is like this doodle, I can’t wait to see what is just around the bend! I’m looking forward to taking a couple of new online art classes that I will share with you next week.
What are you looking forward to? I’d love to hear from you!
Wishing you a Sunny Sunday, friends!! 🙂
Perhaps you will find a little time to enjoy nature’s beauty around the bend or backyard like these photos I recently took:
Posted in Art, Doodles, fall, Nature Photography, Sunny Sundays, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, art journal, autumn leaves, changing seasons, daily practice, doodle, fall, inspiration, meditative, nature, nature photography, patterns, playful, sketchbook, Sunny Sunday, zentangle
It was a blustery, Fall day when…
Autumn could feel winter was approaching in her feathers…
So she put on her warm scarf and fall boots and prepared for her flight South to warmer temperatures.
How do you prepare for winter? I’d love to hear from you!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday! 🙂
Posted in Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday
Tagged Art, autumn, birds, changing seasons, color pencils, creative, Gelli-Prints, humor, Imaginary birds, Weird Bird Wednesday, Winter
October. I love this time of year as the leaves seem to change colors on a daily basis.
Mother Nature seems to have her own magical paintbrush! I look out my kitchen window and see golden yellows, burnt oranges, olive greens and cheery reds blended with touches of purple every now and then! 🙂
Like these photos and a haiku –
A blushing blueberry,
A Crabapple’s golden show,
Fall beauty is here!
Wishing you a Sunny Sunday, Friends! 🙂
And perhaps a little time to marvel at Mother Nature’s artwork…
Posted in Nature Photography, Sunny Sundays, Uncategorized
Tagged autumn, changing seasons, color, fall leaves, haiku, Mother Nature, nature, nature photography, Sunny Sunday