We have been dealing with smoke from wild fires in our area for several weeks. Not only do we have poor vision but the air quality has been awful! This photo was taken last weekend at the lake:
So we were thrilled to have a few drops of rain and wind to clear the skies this last weekend!
Yesterday, we were able to enjoy a short boat ride and breathe in fresh air in clear skies. It was wonderful to see blue sky and mountains again. Hoorah! 😃
We noticed the air and water temperatures were cooler and leaves starting to change to autumn’s glorious show:
It was so nice to enjoy the beauty around us again! We hope that the firefighters are able to get control of fires around us so that the smoke stays away. We still need rain badly.
Even the wild animals are hurting from the dry weather. I found this wild bunny eating an apple from a neighbor’s tree. The deer love the apples but I have never seen a bunny eat one!
Such bizarre weather this year, everywhere it seems…
Stay safe friends!
Posted in Animals, fall, Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Photograpy, Uncategorized
Tagged blue sky, boating, breathe, fall, mountains, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, photography, smoky skies, the lake
It was a blue-sky kind of day at the lake yesterday. The sun was shining, no wildfire smoke was in the air and we enjoyed a nice boat ride on smooth water!
Summer skies of blue,
Filtered streams of sun light,
Fade into fall’s grasp:
Wishing you a blue-sky kind of relaxation wherever you are!
Posted in Haiku, Lake, nature, Nature Photography, poetry, Uncategorized
Tagged fall, haiku, happy, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, peaceful, photography, poety, relaxing, summer, the lake
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 was inspired by Jodi at The Creative Life In Between to create this haiku for today.
Bare branches reaching,
Outstretched arms towards the sun,
Autumn’s memory fades…
Days become shorter,
Frosty fingers leave their mark,
Freezing seed heads droop.
Colors change from gold,
Paper–like flowers pressed,
Winter’s icy breath.
Wishing you a Sunny Sunday, friends!
Posted in fall, Haiku, Nature Photography, Sunny Sundays, Uncategorized
Tagged autumn, color, fall, flowers, haiku, memories, nature, nature photography, sunflowers, Winter
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
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
I recently started this doodle in my sketchbook:
I am reminded of attending our local fair by this doodle. When I was in high school, I would take a spin or two on some of the rides. Now I think it would make me dizzy…lol!
The air is starting to turn crisp here in the Pacific Northwest. And the leaves are just starting to change colors:
It is one of my favorite times of year. How about you? What is your favorite season?
Wishing you a Fabulous Friday! And perhaps a weekend to enjoy the beauty around you!
Cheers Friends! 🙂
Posted in Doodles, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, black micron pen, changing seasons, doodles, fall, lake, meditative, nature, nature photography, patterns, zentangle
I am almost finished using all the pages in the art journal that my friend made me. I have really enjoyed the size of this journal – each page is approximately 6 x 8 inches.
There is something magical about a handmade journal. So I have decided to try to make my own journal and show you how – as you might want to make one too! 🙂
I have been promising Margaret at Yuba Gold, (I love her nature paintings with such rich, vibrant colors!) that I would show her how to make one so here goes!
I started by gathering a few supplies:
I think a bone folder is really handy to have but it isn’t necessary. I usually like to tear my papers but you may want to use scissors. A ruler is necessary so you measure accurately.
You will next need to decide on the paper you want to use in your journal. I decided to use 140-lb COLD and HOT press watercolor paper for variety.
I started with a large sheet of watercolor paper – 22 x 30 inches. I don’t like to waste paper so I chose to make my journal pages a little smaller in size than the one my friend made me. Here is how I folded and cut (tear) my large piece of watercolor paper:
First, I folded my paper in half and tore (or cut) the paper so I have two halves that are 22 x 15 inches:
I continued to evenly fold and tear my paper so that I am left with a folded size as below:
After I had three folded papers, I could make what is called a “signature” in the book world. (See photo below). I covered my signature with tissue paper (so the papers stayed clean) and stacked several heavy books on them:
Since I don’t have a paper press, weighted books are the cheap alternative! It helps to weight the signatures so they are relaxed before you punch holes in them.
I decided to make a total of six signatures like my current journal:
I will do some research and discuss some ideas for making a journal cover in 2 weeks on September 15th.
I hope you found this information helpful on how to start making your own journal.
Happy September! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal, Book Art, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art journal, book art, creative, daily practice, drawing, fall, fall leaves, fun, ginkgo, learning, making a journal, quotes, sketchbook, watercolor
I hope you enjoy seeing my glorious Crabapple tree as each season unfolds into a new one like color blends on an artist’s palette.
Bountiful Spring blossoms in raspberry pink:
Dark red fruit form against olive green leaves in Summer:
Fall bursts with color in gold leaves and bright red fruit:
Winter’s crimson berries provide a feast for the birds:
Each season is a reason to celebrate!
Posted in Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged 4 seasons, artist palette, celebrate, color, Crabapple tree, fall, inspiration, nature, nature's beauty, photography, reflections, Spring, summer, trees, Winter
I am still experimenting with candles:
I combined several art mediums for this piece. I experimented with Tombow markers, Pan Pastels, collage and color pencils. I used my own Gelli-printed papers for collage and also added a scrapbook page on acetate with a FALL theme.
These almost look like birthday candles. You know the ones that you try to blow out but they just keep relighting. My husband’s birthday is this month and he is entering the age where he can start getting the Senior discount. Feels a little like those trick candles. Age has a way of doing that to a person. lol!
Enjoy your day! 😊
Posted in Mixed Media Collage
Tagged abstract, art classes, art journal, Birthdays, Candles, color, color pencils, Contour drawings, creative, experiment, fall, fun, Gelli-Prints, mixed media, pan pastels, paper collage, play, scrapbook paper, Tombow markers