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! 🍂
Posted in fall, Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
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:
Posted in Alphabet Art Journal, color pencil, Doodles, Drawing, Flowers, ink, nature, Uncategorized
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!
Posted in Art Journal, Flowers, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, Reflections, Uncategorized
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!
Posted in #worldwatercolormonth, art challenge, Art Journal, Drawing, Flowers, Lake, Nature Journal, Uncategorized
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!
Posted in Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged flowers, inspiration, life, mountains, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, relaxation, sunsets, taking a walk, the lake
I find the shadows to be almost as beautiful of the flowers in the sun light!
Foxglove next to Bluebells:
Flowers purchased to plant:
And flowers planted:
May you enjoy the beauty surrounding you today!
Posted in Flowers, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged beauty, flowers, nature, nature's beauty, nature's photography, peaceful, photography, reflection, relaxation, shadows and light, summer
I took a day off from work yesterday. It was such a beautiful day that I wanted to spend a little time outdoors.
I purchased a few plants to plant in a planter and lavender to plant in the ground:
I worked on a collage that I started recently:
(I don’t like the pencil shading I added in the second photo but I had fun!)
And I placed an online order for new art supplies! Yipee!!
I feel like I planted some creative “seeds” for future inspiration.
Posted in Faces, Flowers, imaginary drawings, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged Colorful, creative ideas, faces, flowers, fun, imagination, inspiration, learning, paper collage, relaxing, summer
A haiku for you…
Lily white as snow,
Adoring leaves surround you –
Making you the show!
Wishing you a Sunny Sunday to enjoy nature’s beauty around you!
Posted in Lake, nature, Nature Photography, poetry, Uncategorized
Tagged flowers, greens, haiku, Lily of the Valley, lovely, nature, nature photography, peaceful, relax, Sunny Sunday, the lake
I have recently discovered mixing water soluble pencils and watercolors.
I quickly sketched these faces with a 6B water soluble pencil and then splashed some watercolors on the paper – trying not to overthink it.
After the watercolor dried, I added more details with my (Faber Castell) Graphite Aquarelle pencils – in 4B, softening the lines with a Pentel waterbrush:
It was so fun that I decided to try the same technique with flowers:
I tried to create a quick sketch and loosely paint it with watercolors so the colors would blend on the paper. Below, I added the water soluble pencil in 4B:
Next, I hope to add some collage papers to these paintings. I will post my progress next week!
May your day bloom with happiness!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Flowers, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract, Colorful, creative play, drawing, experiment, faces, flowers, fun, imagination, inspiration, mixed media art, water soluble graphite, watercolor