My neighbor grows beautiful flowers in her yard. She recently brought me this fresh bouquet that brightened my day!
I decided to sit outside and paint it in watercolor.
I had an unexpected visitor who was buzzing with happiness!
I am pleased how this painting turned out and plan to give it to my neighbor as a thank you for her kindness.
Whose day can you brighten with a little unexpected kindness?
Posted in Flowers, friendship, nature, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged bees, Colorful, creative play, flowers, fresh bouquet, friendship, inspiration, Kindness, nature, painting outside, watercolor
My husband and I had to travel to Detroit, Michigan recently.
I messaged my blogging friend, Patty Anne who I knew lived in the area for suggestions on good restaurants.
Not only did Patty Anne have some great food ideas, she rearranged her schedule so we could meet in person! I was thrilled!!
We met for dinner and each of us brought an art journal or two to share. We had a blast! I so LOVE Patty Anne’s art!! Seeing her creativity in person was an extra special treat!
And speaking of treats, she made me this sweet little birdy in watercolor:
She even tied it with a bow and added a couple of her special flowers!
I am so touched by her kindness.
We were having so much fun that we forgot to take a photo of us together which just means we have to get together again!
I have been practicing art in “Patty Anne’s style” so I can make her a little gift.
Thanks Patty Anne for such an enjoyable evening. Your friendship across the miles was the highlight of my trip!
Cheers to Blogging Friendships! 🙂
PS. I do hope you check out Patty Anne’s art if you aren’t familiar with it! She paints with JOY!
Posted in Art Journal, Flowers, friendship, Watercolor, Watercolor Birds
Tagged art journal, birds, blogging friends, creative, friendship, inspiration, Kindness, watercolor
I was having computer issues yesterday so wasn’t able to post my weird bird…
However, this bird is “sew” much more so I wanted to share it with you today! 😉
I started with one of my Gelli-plate prints that I made from a recent online class with Carla Sonheim.
Next, I added a little collage and stitching:
A Mending Birdy
I think we could all use a little mending now and then…
Perhaps your heart, body and/or spirit could use some special care. I hope you can be extra gentle with yourself today.
P.S. Thank you for all the kindness you have shown me with your comments and likes. It means so much to me! ❤️
Posted in gelli printing, imaginary drawings, imagination, Life, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Sewing, Uncategorized, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged Colorful, Gelli Plate printing, gentle, healing, Imaginary birds, Kindness, mending, sewing, whimsical
I remember as a young child making paper baskets and filling them with a simple bouquet of flowers from our yard.
Next, I would hang them on an unexpecting neighbor’s door handle, ring the doorbell and run! It was so fun to give a gift of kindness…
My watercolor reminded me of those simple times as I worked on it yesterday:
Perhaps the swirls of color could be ribbons on a May Pole?
Happy May Day!
Posted in Abstract Art, Art, Color, color experiments, Reflections, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract art, childhood memories, circles and squares, Colorful, Kindness, May, relaxing, smile, watercolor
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
Today’s weird bird was inspired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43:
In the book, Finding The Gift by Angela Howell, she writes; “Be the love you wish to receive… Love you! Love your life exactly as it is right now. Happiness is an inside job!”
How do you love YOU?
Happy Valentine’s Day to someone special – YOU!
Posted in Flowers, Humor, love, Mixed Media Collage, poetry, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Word Birds, Word Play, writing
Tagged Finding the Gift book, flowers, fresh flowers, handwriting, hearts, Imaginary birds, inspiration, Kindness, love, music, poetry, sonnet, valentines day, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, 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 drew this Angel with black ink and a dip pen on hot press watercolor paper:
Added a light watercolor wash and a bird on her wing:
Finished with color pencils:
She says: Sing Joy… Give Love…Be Kind
Wishing you a Sunny Sunday, Friends! 🙂
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, Mixed Media, Sunny Sundays, Uncategorized
Tagged angels, Art, Christmas season, color pencils, creative, doodles, drawing, fun, holidays, imagination, ink drawing, inspiration, joy, Kindness, love, Sunny Sunday, watercolor, whimsical
I found this quote on the internet the other day:
It says, “It is not happy people who are thankful… It is thankful people who are HAPPY! 😊
it was a good reminder to me. I hope you like it too! ❤️
Giving THANKS for all of you today. Thank you for your encouragement, friendship and JOY you give to me!
EnJOY your day! 🌈
Posted in Drawing, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, color pencils, creative, drawing, encouragement, friendships, grateful, happy, inspiration, joy, Kindness, playful, quotes, Thanksgiving, whimsical