The maple tree in our yard is turning many marvelous colors!
I took these photos on Wednesday when we had our first SNOW of the season…
It was a shock to many trees in our area that still have their leaves…
Many people woke-up to fallen branches and trees in their yards as the branches could not hold the weight of this unexpected snow. Always so sad to lose a lovely tree!
I experimented with my Gelli-plate a little more. This time I printed on a couple of garden magazine pages.
I will use the negative and positive shapes of this oak leaf in my art journal:
May you have a marvelous weekend!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, collage papers, Color, fall, gelli printing, nature, Photograpy, Trees
Tagged art experiments, art journal, Colorful, creative ideas, creative play, fall trees, first snow, Gelli-Prints, inspiration, leaves, maple tree, nature, nature photography, unexpected
My neighbor grows beautiful flowers in her yard. She recently brought me this fresh bouquet that brightened my day!
I decided to sit outside and paint it in watercolor.
I had an unexpected visitor who was buzzing with happiness!
I am pleased how this painting turned out and plan to give it to my neighbor as a thank you for her kindness.
Whose day can you brighten with a little unexpected kindness?
Posted in Flowers, friendship, nature, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged bees, Colorful, creative play, flowers, fresh bouquet, friendship, inspiration, Kindness, nature, painting outside, watercolor
I was having a root canal the other day…
And the Endodontist mentioned that I had a doozy of an infection in my tooth.
In order to distract me from the dentist drill, I started thinking about my weird bird for this week:
A Dipsy Doozy
A dipsy into my pocket book for a doozy of a tooth!
This bird’s name sounds better than a dentist drill, don’t you think?
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in paper collage, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged art experiment, Colorful, creative play, dentist, flower punch, gelli-printed paper, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, inspiration, life, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, word play
I have declared the month of June to be doodle month for my Square-A-Day project. I look forward to showing you all my squares at the end of this month… but here is a sneak preview:
Drawing doodles or patterns is something I find calming and relaxing. I did this one in my art journal with color pencils recently:
It looks like I am planting patterns like rows of flowers or vegetables in a garden!
Patterns and inspiration are everywhere…
Like this photo I took recently at the lake. The moon was almost full!
There are patterns in the water, the trees and the sky!
I hope you will be inspired by the patterns in your world!
Posted in A Square A Day, Art Journal, color pencil, Doodles, imagination, Lake, Mixed Media, nature, Uncategorized
Tagged A Square A Day, art journal, color pencils, Colorful, creative play, doodles, imagination, inspiration, lake, mixed media art, nature, patterns, Planting ideas, relaxation
How do YOU know when a piece is finished when creating art?
I was experimenting in gouache the other day…
I was enjoying the process of adding to my piece.
And then I went too far… It became too busy when I added markers.
Sometimes it is difficult knowing when to stop. I was hesitant to show you but I believe this is part of the learning process when creating. I cannot expect to make beautiful art every time!
I made copies and will use them in my collage art. What do you do with your art mistakes?
Cheers to creating and learning! 🙂
I’m so excited to show you my April squares!
I’d love to hear what squares inspire YOU!
Hello May! So happy that warmer weather is on the way…
May brings weekends at the lake and reuniting with our lake friends…
Mother’s Day and celebrating with my MIL…
Celebrating 35 years of marriage with my husband… WHOOT!
And redecorating our bedroom and bath! (Our anniversary gift to each other, we have lived in our home for 22 years… wow, time does fly!)
What does May bring for you?
Posted in A Square A Day, art challenge, imagination, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged A Square A Day, April squares, Colorful, creative play, inspiration, mixed media art, smile
I just love Sharon Mann’s sunny art, don’t you?
I was delighted to receive her postcard art recently in an artful exchange through the mail!
We each created six postcards, 4×6 inch size in any art medium. (I forgot to take a photo of mine so you will have to look at Sharon’s blog). 😉
Perhaps you remember our other artful exchange? If not you can find it here: The Speedball Bird
I enjoy making art in this “postcard” size so I’m sure you will see more of it!
Thank you Sharon for brightening my day with your cheerful art!
Posted in art challenge, Mixed Media, postcards, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged art exchange, color play, Colorful, creative play, happy, mixed media art, postcard art, sunshine, watercolor
A new month has arrived which means I get to show you my March square-a-day project:
I have a little more yellow in this one…possibly I have been thinking of sunshine and warmer days ahead!
I hope you share your favorite squares with me!
Posted in A Square A Day, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged A Square A Day, Colorful, creative play, daily art, fun, March, mixed media art, pattern play, smile
Yesterday, I experimented with Ecoline liquid watercolors. I just love how vibrant these colors are right out of the jar. It was fun to wet my watercolor paper first and then drop in color with an eye dropper.
I learned some of these techniques from the online class, Flower Magic hosted by Ivy Newport.
I added F&W acrylic ink in gold on top of this flower. I also added salt over the wet paint but it was extremely slow drying.
My next flower, I added Inktense pencil by sanding the pencil over the wet paint. I like the look of the fine granules.
And my last flower I added Ecoline gold. It didn’t spread as well as the F&W Acrylic gold ink. I also added Inktense pencil shavings in two different colors.
There is little control in this method of painting with an eye dropper. It definitely felt like flower magic as each flower took shape.
Do you have a favorite color combination? I hope you share it with me.
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, Flowers, imagination, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract art, acrylic ink, art experiments, Colorful, creative play, flowers, gold ink, imagination, online art classes
I’m pleased to announce the winner of my postcard art contest goes to Kerfe at Methodtwomadness
Please email me your address Kerfe to Jillwcm@comcast.net and I will put your postcard in the mail!
Thank you to those who participated in the drawing! I plan to do another one in the future so stay tuned! 🙂
Below is my Square-A-Day Project for February:
What square makes you smile?
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Tagged A Square A Day, Colorful, creative play, daily art, humor, mixed media art, postcard art, smile, whimsical