Summer clouds reflect,
Another season ending…
Autumn’s chill arrives.
My hubby and I went kayaking Saturday before the big chill arrived at the lake. The early morning rain shower on Sunday brought a new layer of cool autumn air.
We close up at the lake soon. I always feel a little sad to see another summer season end…
We feel blessed to have so many wonderful memories and seasons with our friends at the lake!
Cheers to good memories! 🙂
P.S. What memories do you cherish with friends? I hope you share them with me! ❤️
Posted in Haiku, Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Photograpy, Reflections, Uncategorized
Tagged autumn, changing seasons, friends, lake, memories, mountains, nature, peaceful, photography, poetry, reflection, summer
Letter “C” is for color! Like this continuous still life I did over the weekend:
Each week, I’m inspired by many creative blogging friends!
This week, I’d like to share a COUPLE of them with you… CAN you CHECK out their blogs?
Sharon, is currently creating an alphabet journal – colorful, captivating and clever… You CAN find Sharon’s cheerful blog: Make Art Magic Happens
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, Alphabet Art Journal, Art, Color, color experiments, Drawing, imagination, Mixed Media, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic paints, alphabet journal, art journal, Blogging, cheerful, color play, Colorful, creative inspiration, drawing, friends, letter “C”, online art classes, still life, water soluble crayons
I’ve been drawing my own patterns lately for collage papers.
I got the idea from Kara Kramer’s online class, hosted by Carla Sonheim. You can check out her class at Improv collage
She got me thinking about words…
So I started cutting out JUST words that “spoke to me” from old magazines and junk mail:
It helped to think about words I like AND different lettering “styles.”
Then I created a page of words that I can copy and use in my own artwork:
What WORDS speak to you to write and doodle on a page?!
I have to say that YOU inspire me every day in your art, poetry, photography, blog posts and encouraging comments. Thank you!
Posted in collage papers, Doodles, Uncategorized, Word Play
Tagged art classes, Blogging, collage papers, doodles, encouragement, friends, learning, markers, pattern play, thankful, word play
Have you ever written a letter to yourself? In your own handwriting?
I have been updating my MIL’s address book on my computer. (A great gift idea BTW for a family member!) And it got me thinking about writing a letter to myself.
Have YOU ever done this?
I wonder what my letters would say if I addressed myself as a friend? Would I be more kind to myself? Would I show the same kindness I do to others?
And then I wonder, what seems so important now… would it still be… a year from now?
I have decided to write a letter to myself today and treat myself as I would a friend. In one year, I will mail it.
I encourage you to do the same!
Cheers Friends! 🙂
P.S. I used purchased stationary here but it might be fun to create a border with your own artwork for your letter.
Posted in Life, Reflections, Uncategorized, writing
Tagged be kind, family, friends, handwritten letters, inspiration, Kindness, life lessons, love yourself, reflection, writing letters
I remember fishing with my family as a young child. When we went in my dad’s boat on the lake, we would sit for hours (or so it seemed) without the fish taking a bite… talk about BORING!! 🙄
When I was a teenager, we started creek fishing which was much more EXCITING! 😃 We could actually SEE the fish swimming in the creek water. And we caught fish! Hooray!! I recall how wonderful they tasted knowing I caught them! 👍
Two of my sweet friends from Germany and I are going on our own CREATIVE, fishing expedition starting September 1st and you are welcome to join us if you’d like! 🐡
My goal is to create 50 mixed media fish and post mainly on Instagram. However, a fish or two may swim onto a blog post! 😮
I started experimenting with materials and here is a fish appetizer for you:
I will show you my fish finding tools on Friday. I hope you join me!
Posted in Art Journal, Fish, Humor, Lake, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art challenge, art journal, creative play, fish, fishing, friends, fun, gelli-printed paper, markers, micron black pen, mixed media art, Posca pens, white gel pen
Yesterday, I went to a potluck with some lake friends. I decided to try a new recipe using my Spiralizer – so I made this Italian Pasta Salad – without pasta! I used zucchini and I have to say, no one missed the pasta. I will share my recipe next week. Here is a photo of it:
Making this salad gave me the inspiration to paint sweet peppers for World Watercolor Month.
My subject matter – I was painting outdoors so my lighting changed but this gives you an idea:
My finished painting in my art journal:
I decided to splatter my background instead of adding the tablecloth. I think it looks rather festive, don’t you?
Posted in Art Journal, Food, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, Art, daily practice, friends, inspiration, lake time, outdoors, pasta salad, peppers, potlucks, relaxing, summer, sunny day, watercolor
Remember the paper circles that I recently posted? If not, you can find it here.
Well, one of the reasons I was cutting out circles was to make these 3 minute postcards:
An assignment from Carla Sonheim recently in her year-long online class was to create a quick postcard with these 5 perimeters:
- Use a round piece of collage
- Add a drawing that interacts with your circle collage
- Add a splash of watercolor paint
- Add a word or two – I used rubber stamps
- Add the color, orange
And here are a few more postcards I did:
Some days it’s fun to give yourself perimeters to create art! And postcards are great because you can send them to a friend and say, hello! 🙂
I hope you take time to play and create something fun for you today…
And maybe put a stamp on it and send it to a friend!!
Posted in art challenge, Mixed Media, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged art challenge, circles, creative play, daily art, friends, fun, happy, inspiration, make art, mixed media, paper collage, postcard art
I have been thinking about my handmade Christmas card for this year when this poem came to me:
And here are some of my favorite ornaments hanging on our Christmas tree…
A handmade heart my grandma made many years ago:
An ornament saved from my childhood that reminds me of the family tree:
And one an artist friend painted:
Each one holds a special place in my heart just for me!
Wishing you a Sunny Sunday! Cheers!! 🙂
P.S. Do you have a special ornament that you cherish? I would love to hear about it!
Posted in art challenge, Sunny Sundays, Uncategorized
Tagged #adventmcr, childhood memories, Christmas, Christmas tree, family, friends, Gelli-Prints, handmade stamps, holidays, imagination, inspiration, joy, love, memories, Ornaments, poetry, Sunny Sunday, traditions
At the lake, several of our friends gather at 5 o’clock for Happy Hour. It really is a chance to talk and get caught up with everyone and share some laughter. Everyone brings a snack to share and what they want to drink. Some people just drink water but my hubby and I usually pour ourselves a glass of wine. White or red – we like them both! 🙂
I created this in my art journal this summer. It is a blind contour drawing (my eyes were closed and no I didn’t peak!) After I drew it, I splashed on some watercolors – and yes, my eyes were open for this part. 😉
I like how the soft colors blend, don’t you? Kind of like a winemaker blending his grapes together to create a varietal of wine…
I’d like to create this painting on a larger piece of watercolor paper and frame it.
Speaking of framing – do you cut your own mat board for your artwork? I purchased a couple of mats today with the intention of matting some of my art but the mat opening didn’t fit properly. Any ideas?!
Cheers Friends! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Wine
Tagged Art, art journal, Blind contour, color play, daily practice, drawing, framing art, friends, happy hour, sketchbook, watercolor, wine, wine and cheese, wine bottles
My friend, Bonnie grows the most beautiful red geraniums. Whenever I see them, I think of her. She has a very kind heart and an infectious laugh.
Here is one that I planted in my yard this summer – don’t you just love that RED color?
I drew and painted it in my art journal this week and posted it on Instagram. Maybe you saw it?
Do you have a favorite flower that reminds you of someone special? I’d love to hear about it!
Happy Painting! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal, Flowers, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art journal, daily practice, drawing, flowers, friends, fun, memories, red geraniums, reflection, sketchbook, summer, watercolor