Remember my nature inspired watercolor pumpkins and leaves that I posted last week:
I enjoyed adding doodles with ink and white gel pen:
It was so fun that I did another page of leaves with a couple of mushrooms:
And a page of seed pods:
Nature photos from Pinterest inspired my patterns but my imagination created my doodles!
Yesterday was the first day of Autumn…
It was sure in the air! Aren’t the reflection of the clouds on the lake amazing?!
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, Drawing, imagination, ink, nature, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art journal, autumn, clouds, creative play, doodles, imagination, ink, inspiration, lake, nature inspired, nature photography, pinterest, watercolor
When I was growing up, if mom or dad were taking a photo with a camera, they said, “Say, Cheese!” In order to get us kids to smile.
This memory came to me yesterday when I “whipped up” this weird soufflé bird:
The description from an old cookbook was the perfect recipe to create my cheesy bird.
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Say, Cheese! 🙂
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Cloud shapes floating in the sky,
What weird bird am I?
There is no right or wrong answer… Lol! I look forward to your bird names. 😉
Our grass is finally turning green and the trees are budding, Spring has arrived! Hoorah!!
Happy weird bird Wednesday!
P. S. What animals do you see in the clouds?
Posted in Humor, imagination, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
Tagged clouds, happy weird bird Wednesday, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, Paint Samples, paper collage, smile, Spring, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical
My hubby and I spent many hours chasing the sun this last weekend at the lake in our boat:
A feeling of Fall was definitely in the air…
The lake water temperature had dropped about 6-8 degrees to about chilly 62 degrees… in only two weeks, making jumping in the water, a very brisk dip:
We spent a lot of time changing clothes… between the warm sun, coolness of the clouds and the occasional breeze:
Seems like Fall wasn’t the only “change” going on! Lol! 😉
Wishing you a sunny day!
Posted in fall, Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged clouds, fall, lake, nature, photography, reflections, relaxation, sunshine
I created this wild horse using a masking tape technique recently. I scribbled copic markers inside the tape as my first layer before adding watercolor.
I hadn’t planned on creating a horse but after I removed the masking tape, he appeared! Lol! 😉 I added pan pastels and watercolor splashes to soften the image.
The masking tape was EXTRA sticky so I tried my next
animal creature using washi tape. Below is a before and after photo:
I learned this technique from Carla Sonheim. I think it would be a super fun activity to do with children. (The washi tape was much less sticky and worked better than the masking tape for me.)
When I took this photo at the lake Saturday evening, I saw a horse head in the storm clouds afterwards:
Do you see it? I must have had horses on my mind!
Hope your Monday starts out in a slow trot and not a fast gallop!
Posted in Animals, Art Projects for Kids, Horses, Humor, imaginary drawings, imagination, Mixed Media, nature, Nature Photography, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged Art Projects for Kids, clouds, horses, humor, imagination, markers, masking tape, mixed media art, nature, nature photography, smile, the lake, watercolor
My blog title sounds like it could be part of the lyrics from Joni Mitchell’s song, “Both Sides Now.” 😉
However, my post today does involve some illusions… and imaginary fish!
The Carnival Fish was created by making copies of my “Bearded Hat Fish,” that you can find here: What Rhymes With Weird?! My copier was about out of ink so the fish is more yellow in color than my original.
I made two copies of my fish and lined up the images together in one stack. I then cut 1/2 inch strips being careful to keep my images in the order of my design. Next, I glued the two exact image strips next to each other on a piece of heavier paper with a glue stick. This gives it the affect that reminds me of the mirrors in a carnival thus the name.
The Cloud Fish reminded me of the lazy days of summer and seeing shapes in the clouds… My haiku says, “Lazy Cloud fish swim, Above the sea in blue skies, Slowly passing by.”
I created it with color pencils and Copic markers. What other images do you see in the clouds beside the fish?
My Jack Fish is a drawing of my cat, Jack – you can see a photo of him here: Why A Cat Needs An Umbrella My cat loves to eat canned cat food – especially FISH! (No, he doesn’t actually eat the whole fish but it makes for a good drawing.) Lol!
There actually is a REAL fish called a Jack fish! Did you know that?!
I hope you enjoyed my imaginary fish! Maybe they will inspire you to create with your imagination.
Posted in art challenge, Cats, Drawing, Fish, Haiku, Humor, imaginary drawings, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged #create50fish, art challenge, art journal, cats, clouds, color pencils, creative play, drawing, fish, haiku, humor, imagination, inspiration, learning, Paper Cutting, sketchbook, songs
I created this yesterday in my art journal with a new technique I learned from Carla Sonheim. It says, “Cloudy with a chance of rainbows.” 🌈
I used watercolor paint and a scraper to create this rainbow effect. I added my own touch with some gelli-printed deli paper clouds at the top of the page with a glue stick.
Our cloudy weather is producing lots of snow in the Pacific Northwest!
Happy Monday! 🙂
Posted in color experiments, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art classes, art journal, clouds, Colorful, creative ideas, experiment, fun, gelli-printed paper, rain, rainbow, Winter
I like finding images in clouds but sometimes I see them in trees too. Do you see the face in this tree?
Sometimes I see animals… Like a camel’s face in this tree growth:
You have to use your imagination a bit…
I see a bunny in this rock:
And a heart shape in this one:
What images do you see? I’d love to hear from you!
Wishing you a happy day doing whatever brings you the most JOY! And maybe a little time to see images in the clouds, trees or rocks near you!
May you have a Sunny Sunday, friends!! 🙂
Posted in Nature Photography, Sunny Sundays, Uncategorized
Tagged animals, clouds, creative, faces, fun, hearts, hidden images, imagination, nature, nature photography, playful, rocks, shapes, silliness, summer, Sunny Sunday, trees
I thought you might enjoy these photos I took at the lake this weekend.
Put your sandals and let’s go to the beach! 🙂
A view from a pine tree. Take a deep breath and smell that fresh pine scent:
Look some rocks left over from a child’s sand castle:
Dig your toes into the wet sand! Awww! Now, have a seat and enjoy the view:
Oh, look! There is a Spotted Sandpiper on the shore:
Looks like it’s time for a bird bath! 🙂
One last photo – a reflection of the clouds in the water:
Glad you could come along for a visit!
Enjoy your day! 🙂
Posted in Lake, Nature Photography
Tagged Art, beach, birds, clouds, lake, nature, photography, reflection, relax, rocks, sand, summer, trees
Sometimes Mother Nature just wows me with her beauty! I took these photos at the lake and hope to paint them in watercolor:
It was an amazing show! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!