Several years ago, I purchased this old ledger at a thrift store:
I thought it would be the perfect art journal!
So I started a color journal. Here are some of my papers I have created:
The above print I made using a dye and salt technique with leaves at the lake. I also attached a photo I took. I love the greens and yellow.
Here is another green and yellow one. This one uses a photo, a piece of mica and some papers I purchased:
I love the shades of orange in this one:
I thought the paint color sample was a good match!
Wild strawberries were my inspiration for the color red:
And I liked the multi colors of this one:
It says: The woods are full of fairies, The trees are all alive; The river overflows with them, See how they dip and dive! (Author Unknown)
I hope to continue adding to my color journal this week at the lake. I am bringing my watercolors and acrylic paints with me.
Have you ever created a color journal? I’d love to hear from you!
Happy Creating! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal, Color, Nature Prints
Tagged abstract, acrylic paints, art journal, color, creative, dye and salt prints, experiment, lake, mixed media collage, nature prints, photos, play, poem
I thought you might enjoy these photos I took at the lake this weekend.
Put your sandals and let’s go to the beach! 🙂
A view from a pine tree. Take a deep breath and smell that fresh pine scent:
Look some rocks left over from a child’s sand castle:
Dig your toes into the wet sand! Awww! Now, have a seat and enjoy the view:
Oh, look! There is a Spotted Sandpiper on the shore:
Looks like it’s time for a bird bath! 🙂
One last photo – a reflection of the clouds in the water:
Glad you could come along for a visit!
Enjoy your day! 🙂
Posted in Lake, Nature Photography
Tagged Art, beach, birds, clouds, lake, nature, photography, reflection, relax, rocks, sand, summer, trees
I thought you might like to take a peak into my journal from last Sunday:
I saw lots of wild life! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal
Tagged art journal, color, color pencils, creative, doodles, drawing, humor, journaling, lake, summer, watercolor, wildlife
I wrote this moose haiku for you:
Cow moose from the woods, Your size towered over our truck, Thanks for turning back!
On the way to the lake this last weekend, a very LARGE cow moose came onto the highway as we were driving. We swerved and luckily for us, the moose on the loose decided to turn back towards the woods.
So here is a quick drawing of a moose. So very grateful that we made it to our little home in the woods safely.
So to celebrate, here is a beautiful lake sunset for you to enjoy!
Posted in Mixed Media, Nature Photography
Tagged acrylic paints, Art, art journal, beauty, charcoal, drawing, fun, haiku, lake, markers, mixed media, moose, painting, photography, playful, sunsets, thankful
I painted this postcard size watercolor at the lake:
I painted it outdoors – this was my view:
I used a little artistic liberty and removed the green sewer pole sign. My intention was to paint the daisies. I discovered that it was not easy to paint small daisies…
Painting these “wild daisies” motivated me to get out my book on wildflowers when I got home:
I still struggled to identify them. So I took a closer look:
And with the help of the internet, I believe they are a member of the Aster family. There most common name is Mayweed. They are also called Stinking Chamomile and Dog Fennel.
According to USWildflowers.com, “Anthemis cotula is an introduced species which is now found in every state in the United States and in most of Canada. It can be invasive, and is officially listed as a noxious weed in Colorado and Nevada.” I had no idea!
I kind of like the name Dog Fennel.
I encourage you to discover a new flower this week! 🙂
Posted in Dogs, Nature Photography, Watercolor
Tagged color pencils, creative, daisies, discover, dogs, lake, meditative, mountains, nature, painting, photography, plein-air, watercolor, wildflowers
Sometimes Mother Nature just wows me with her beauty! I took these photos at the lake and hope to paint them in watercolor:
It was an amazing show! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
I painted a pot of flowers in watercolor this last weekend:
My friend, Sue has them growing at the lake. I really like the color combination of flowers and colors:
I hope to paint some of my flowers too! Here are some Impatiens I recently planted:
And a collection of old buckets – which make awesome planters:
I like these quotes on flowers:
Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful. – Jim Carrey
I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. – Claude Monet
Wishing you a day of sunshine and flowers! 🙂
Posted in Nature Photography, Watercolor
Tagged Art, color, color pencils, creative, flowers, friends, lake, meditative, nature, painting, photography, play, plein-air, postcard, quotes, vintage, watercolor
I did a little “plein-air” painting at the lake. I found that painting outdoors helped me be a little looser with my style:
This is a wild rose bush that I painted – looking at this view:
I was a bit limited with my paint colors so I added a little contrast with color pencils at the end.
I think painting outdoors allowed me more freedom to experiment with watercolors.
I painted this postcard (last week) from a photo I posted previously:
I don’t think I was able to paint as freely when following this photo:
I kept trying to add to it with color pencils and then a black micron pen and I think I lost some of the spontaneity.
I’m curious to hear which one you like best! Thanks! 🙂
Posted in Nature Photography, Watercolor
Tagged Art, beauty, black micron pen, color pencils, creative, experiment, lake, meditative, nature, outdoors, painting, photography, plein-air, watercolor, wild roses
I painted this postcard from the lake photo I posted yesterday:
I like painting this size – 4 x 6 inch!
It is a good way to “practice” painting. 🙂
Last year, I painted a watercolor postcard of a mountain scene and actually MAILED it! And yes! The person actually received it! What a FUN gift to share with a someone special.
I challenge you to create a “postcard” size painting and MAIL it to a friend!
Posted in Painting, Watercolor
Tagged Art, beauty, clouds, creative, experiment, lake, mountains, nature, painting, photos, postcard, watercolor
I had an AWESOME weekend at the lake! I thought this photo looked like it could be a postcard:
Some white, fluffy clouds for you to gaze at! Do you see any images in them? I thought I saw a bird – imagine that! 🙂
My husband and I were out in our boat on this unusually HOT day when we saw this rope swing on the shoreline:
No, we did not swing from it – sorry to disappoint you all! But we did go in the lake for a couple of QUICK dips as the water was a cool 66 degrees. When the air temperature is in the 90’s – the cold water was very refreshing!
We discovered a hidden gem near this rope swing – a waterfall!
It was well hidden in the trees but we could hear its loud roar from the boat. The waterfall is in the middle of the above photo.
It was such a pretty place on the lake. No cabins so it was all natural.
It was the kind of day that made you look up at the blue sky and have a heart of gratitude for this beautiful place and being present to enjoy it!
May you discover the hidden beauty around you this week!
Posted in Nature Photography
Tagged beauty, boating, clouds, fresh air, gratitude, lake, mountains, nature, photography, reflection, rope swings, summer, sunshine, trees