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
A friend at the lake brought me this wonderful dish of pine cones recently:
She thought I might enjoy painting them… And I did!
It amazes me how such a simple subject can bring me so much JOY to paint!
I noticed how one of the greener pine cones reminded me of a pineapple.
May you find beauty in what you treasure today!
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Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, a natural gift, inspiration, love nature, meditative, nature, Nature Journal, nature's beauty, painting outdoors, pinecones, relaxing, sketchbook, summer, the lake, watercolor
I decided since the temperatures have been so HOT here – into the 90’s – that it was time we all had an ice cream cone! 😉
Well, since I’m lactose intolerant and can’t eat REAL ice cream, I decided to create some mixed media cones to share with you!
Can you name each “flavor” of art medium I used? (Answers below)
1. The scoop – a color copy of a doodle I did previously with color pencils in 2015. Cone is watercolor painted paper from an online class I took with Cat Bennett. I used a patterned piece of tissue paper and a white charcoal pencil over it.
2. The scoop – paper printed with acrylics on a Gelli plate. Cone is from old sheet music that lists names of songs – added bonus – “summer” is part of name for one song. Color pencil to create cone pattern.
3. The scoop – old map that I gelli-printed. Cone shape is cut from a paint sample card. (Note: Bears on my mind after two people encountered them at the lake within the last week! Buy bear spray!)
4. The scoop – old book page that I painted with watercolor. Cone is scrapbook paper that looks like cork board.
5. The scoop – scrapbook paper that was cut using a circle stencil. I cut part of the circle to create this shape. Cone is gelli-printed paper I did on deli paper.
I hope you enjoyed guessing these “flavors” of fun!
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?
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Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, Art, daily practice, friends, inspiration, lake time, outdoors, pasta salad, peppers, potlucks, relaxing, summer, sunny day, watercolor
I took this photo at the lake recently:
Then had fun changing it with a free app called, “Layout,” on my iPad:
Doesn’t it look cool?!
Here is another one with a different photo:
Wishing you a day to relax doing what you enjoy!
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Tagged blue sky, creative ideas, creative play, fun, happy, inspiration, lake, mountains, nature, nature photography, photo app, relaxation, summer
Funny how one idea often leads to another!
I recently created this paper collage for the 100-day project on Instagram (I’m doing 100 days of faces).
“Dottie hoped someone would ask her to dance at the party…”
I found a photo of a face and cut it in half to challenge myself to draw the second half of her face a little differently. I added collage from a magazine for her dress and a hat from paper I purchased to give her a little zing! 🙂 The background I created with watercolor.
This led me to create today’s weird bird: “Her friends called her a night owl.”
This one is a bit weird – even for me… but you have to admit, it is quite a hoot to look at! Lol! 😉
I found an image of an owl, cut it in half and found an image of a gal’s face and matched the two images together. Next, I traced part of her dress using tracing paper and then cut out a piece of my gelli-printed paper. I liked the striking contrast with the black and white image with the red.
I found another gelli-print to paste my image to – it looks a bit mysterious with a moon shape in the upper left corner. The image at the bottom I cut from a piece of collage paper.
I hope you enjoyed learning how I created today’s collages. These were like a puzzle for me and so fun to do!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Faces, gelli printing, Humor, imaginary drawings, Owls, paper collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, Word Play
Tagged creative ideas, drawing faces, fun, funny faces, humor, imagination, inspiration, mixed media art, old photos, paper collage, playful, smile, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play
Some people see weeds…
I see a field of flowers,
Growing wild and free.
I took this photo yesterday at the lake. We had such a beautiful weekend – sunny and warm.
These daisies are considered weeds in the State of Idaho but I think they look so pretty!
Happy Monday! Cheers! 🙂
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Tagged beautiful place, daisies, haiku, inspiration, nature, nature photography, peaceful, relaxing, sunny day, the lake
I used to spend hours writing my thoughts and ideas in a journal – not the journals you see now… mine were yellow note pads. Nothing fancy… Yet, writing helped me deal with life – the good times and the not so good. Can you relate?!
Yesterday, I decided to try combining writing with DRAWING – my new love! ❤
First, I did some writing with a permanent black pen. (I love “fine” black Sharpie pens and Amazon sells them really cheap).
Next, I found a face on Pinterest to use as a reference to sketch over my words with a pencil. I added a little color with Tombow markers. I softened them with a water brush. Here is my result:
I will definitely try combining writing and drawing again.
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, nature, Uncategorized, writing
Tagged art journal, beautiful day, creative ideas, daily practice, drawing, experiment, faces, fun, inspiration, nature, reflection, writing
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
I’ve been wanting to create these “fixer upper” homes with scraps of collage papers…
It was an assignment in Carla Sonheim’s “365 Video Every Day” online class that I’m doing this year.
Super fun to use a stapler instead of glue. I encourage you to give it a try!
Happy Building! Cheers! 🙂
Posted in Mixed Media Collage, paper scraps, Uncategorized
Tagged art classes, Colorful, creative ideas, gelli-printed paper, houses, imagination, inspiration, mixed media collage, paper scraps, scrapbook paper, staples