I came across my mom’s college scrapbook the other day…
These flower corsages were taped to the first page.
The tape had yellowed with time but the flowers were amazingly still intact.
I wondered what special memories these dances held for my mom that inspired her to keep the corsages. So I wrote this poem:
Faded and fragile,
Memories like flowers,
Pressed into a book.
Slip away, quietly
Like an unsung melody.
I found such sentimental beauty and hope in these dried flowers. Sometimes it is the small things we hold dear and maybe press into a book to be discovered by someone else, some day if we make the time to notice.
Have you ever pressed a flower into a book? I hope you share the memory with me!
Posted in Flowers, Photograpy, poetry, Reflections, Uncategorized
Tagged flowers, hope, life lessons, love, memories, photography, poetry, pressed flowers, reflections, scrapbooks, sentimental
Life can give me unexpected surprises… How about YOU?
When I discovered this quote yesterday on the Internet, it encouraged me:
Last Saturday, I discovered these flowers from A Walk In The Park
They were my inspiration for today’s artwork in my journal…
I hope my art and this quote will encourage you to smile too in difficult times.
Sunny weather last weekend changed to 30’s and SNOW this weekend! 😮
I’m thankful we were able to get our yard work done yesterday before the snow accumulates…
Wishing you one thousand reasons to smile every day!
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Tagged art journal, color pencils, flowers, gratitude, inspiration, mixed media art, one thousand smiles, paper collage, positive attitude, quotes, smile, Sunny Sunday
Zen doodle meets Weird Bird Wednesday!
The Calendula Bird AKA the Marigold bird loves to flap its wings and spread the seeds of flowers in the Fall so that we have a beautiful Spring!
Did you know that deer don’t like to eat this flower? I like to plant it at the lake in the summer where deer like to nibble on all leaves, flowers and fruit – like this skinny one:
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
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Tagged Calendula, creative play, Deer, drawing, flowers, gelli-printed paper, Marigolds, nature photography, pattern play, relaxing, sheet music, Weird Bird Wednesday, zen doodles
I recently started a new online class with Lynn Whipple called, “Joy Stuff – The Art of Noticing.” The class is hosted by CarlaSonheim.com
This class is about creating art in a journal or sketchbook:
I liked that we would be using monoprints from the Gelli Plate (what I call gelli-prints) and inspiration from nature:
I also liked the idea of making pages in advance like the ones I did here:
And then writing in them later or adding more art. I know that I can always cover up what I don’t like with gesso! 😉
It is a new way of creating a journal for me – creating pages ahead of time so I am experimenting with new ideas:
Like adding a pocket as you can see on the left page above. I also discovered that the washi tape adheres better with a little matte medium (glue) on top.
I will be posting more of my journal as I work on it.
And I’d love to hear your ideas! I hope you share them with me.
Make today awesome!
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Tagged art classes, art journal, Colorful, creative, creative ideas, experiment, fish, flowers, fun, Gelli Plate, gelli-printed paper, happy, inspiration, learning, nature, sketchbook, Washi tape
It is difficult to believe that summer is almost over! September brings cooler evenings, shorter days and changing colors.
In the states, we are celebrating an extra long weekend called Labor Day (always the first Monday in September) which pays tribute to contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and came a federal holiday in 1894.
I took a little extra time to paint outdoors at the lake today. I gathered some flowers, a wild rose hip and a couple of beach rocks.
I’m not really liking the black online but I wanted to try something different. I gave this little painting to a friend who kindly brought me dinner last week. It was an extra nice treat for me! 🙂
How do like to spend a little extra time to relax?! I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Drawing, fall, Lake, Nature Photography, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged drawing, extra time, flowers, gratitude, ink, Labor Day, mountains, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, thankful, the lake, watercolor
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! 🍂
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Tagged changing seasons, fall, flowers, nature, Nature Journal, nature photography, plants, the lake, wild raspberries, wildflowers
Continuing with my “R’s” in my Alphabet Journal yesterday, I decided to experiment drawing ROSES using the instruction from this RECENT book I purchased on Amazon:
I really like how the author, Peggy Dean simplifies flowers and leaves into basic shapes such as how to draw this rose:
I believe this book will give me some excellent ideas for future doodles like these roses I drew with an ink pen and colored with Prismacolor pencils:
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Tagged Alphabet Art Journal, book review, color pencils, creative play, daily art, doodles, drawing, experiment, flowers, ink, inspiration, nature, roses, the letter "R", whimsical
I have been taking a little blogging break to rest and recover from a recent car accident where I was rear-ended.
I needed this time to heal my body and recover from the trauma. Although I’m still not fully recovered, I am starting to feel better so I returned to work today.
Yesterday, I realized that it would be fun to complete a page in my Alphabet Journal that I started in 2016… Why not create a page of “R‘s” that I add to each day this week?
Really, I could do this! So here is my beginning in a 11×14 inch journal:
I drew the flowers on a separate piece of lightweight paper in pencil. I darkened the lines with color pencil. I stitched over the flowers using “Sewable Swedish Tracing Paper” that I purchased on Amazon for one of my online classes and previously painted in watercolor.
The flower stems were cut from purchased handmade paper that I also painted with watercolor. I attached the flowers and stems with dark green thread on my sewing machine and then glued the paper to my journal:
I finished my piece by adding details with color pencil.
It was fun to experiment and I look forward to seeing where tomorrow’s reflection will take me. I hope you join me!
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Tagged Alphabet Art Journal, color pencils, creative play, experiment, flowers, healing, imaginary flowers, inspiration, mixed media, recovery, rest, sewing
I like to pick a few wildflowers when I’m at the lake so that I can study and paint them in watercolor.
I found Common Tansy and Common Yarrow wildflowers yesterday at the lake. They may be common in name but not common for me to paint!
I tried to paint them loosely and then added a few details with a BROWN micron pen to change things up a little.
I struggled with painting the Birch bark so I realize it looks a bit strange. 😉
Here is a photo of what I was trying to paint:
I like the burst of red from the cherry, how about you? I thought it was a good way to end #World Watercolor Month as today is the last day to celebrate – thanks Charlie at doodlewash.com for making it such a fun month!
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Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, drawing, flowers, ink pen, inspiration, nature, Nature Journal, painting outdoors, relaxation, summer, sunny day, the lake, tree bark, watercolor, wild rose, wildflowers
I apologize that I haven’t posted in a few days… life has kind of gotten in the way! I haven’t been feeling well and so I have gotten behind.
I thought you might enjoy taking a little walk with me at the lake after a busy week…
These pie cherries are looking pretty ripe! The Robins haven’t eaten these…yet!
The sunset looks like a winner tonight – look at these whispy clouds!
Pinecones piled high for a beach fire – yet look at that yellow flower growing on the edge! 🙂
As I step onto the dock, I notice the clouds reflecting on the water and plants sprouting new growth between boards:
I like the combination of the moss growing on the dock boards and the mountains in the distance in this sunset view:
As I walk back to my little place at the lake, I notice these beautiful flowers:
I just love their color combination, don’t you? 💜
Wishing you a happy day taking a walk enjoying the beauty around you – I hope you share a description with me!
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Tagged flowers, inspiration, life, mountains, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, relaxation, sunsets, taking a walk, the lake