I came across my mom’s college scrapbook the other day…
These flower corsages were taped to the first page.
The tape had yellowed with time but the flowers were amazingly still intact.
I wondered what special memories these dances held for my mom that inspired her to keep the corsages. So I wrote this poem:
Faded and fragile,
Memories like flowers,
Pressed into a book.
Slip away, quietly
Like an unsung melody.
I found such sentimental beauty and hope in these dried flowers. Sometimes it is the small things we hold dear and maybe press into a book to be discovered by someone else, some day if we make the time to notice.
Have you ever pressed a flower into a book? I hope you share the memory with me!
Posted in Flowers, Photograpy, poetry, Reflections, Uncategorized
Tagged flowers, hope, life lessons, love, memories, photography, poetry, pressed flowers, reflections, scrapbooks, sentimental
I was saddened yesterday by another senseless high school shooting near me at Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington. One student was killed and 3 more injured but should survive. The shooter is in custody – a student.
I am thinking about the teachers, families and children who were affected by this terrible violence when creating this drawing and lighting a candle of peace.
I do not know the people who were shot but I think a tragedy such as this touches us all. Hug those you love today…
Peace Friends! 💜
A friend of mine has recently been diagnosed with cancer. My heart goes out to her and her family…
I was thinking of her as I created this face yesterday.
I pray that she will be able to fight this terrible disease and win! This face below has the determination and strength my friend has… And the knowledge that God is with her.
So MANY people are fighting and struggling with cancer. Too many people!
I dedicate today’s post to my friend T and EVERYONE who is fighting for their lives or supporting friends and loved ones battling cancer – YOU are wise beyond your years…
Sending love and hope! ❤
Posted in Faces, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged cancer, drawing, drawing faces, encouragement, faces, gelli-printed paper, hope, love, mixed media art, paper collage, sadness, watercolor
The first home my hubby and I rented was very small… so small that my sis said we must be in love! And we were! Looking back now, we were so young:
Below is an “artistic” floor plan of our 441 square foot home in Cheney, WA:
The little pink house sat between 2 railroad tracks which took a little getting used to! We had a king-sized waterbed that felt like one of those coin-operated massage beds when the trains passed. Lol! The bed took up most of the room too. I had to lie on the bed in order to open the dresser.
My hubby sold stereos at the time and we had a set of Magnepan speakers in the living room – 2 ft wide, 6 ft high and 1 inch thick. Perfect sound for a tiny home! 😉
We had our first garden in the backyard. The cows next door got loose one time and helped to fertilize the garden. We had zucchini so large we used them as door stops.
Our first cat, we named Abbynormal after the Young Frankenstein movie. I remember the cat was a bit abnormal and loved the swamps near our house.
When the landlord doubled the rent a year later, we moved to Spokane, WA and paid much higher rent but we a bigger house! 🙂
Do you remember your first home? I’d love to hear your memories!
Posted in Art Journal, paper collage, Photograpy, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, cats, creative ideas, first home, floor plan, gardening, happy, happy times, house, love, marriage, memories, old photos, paper collage, remembering
My mom’s birthday was this week on Friday, March 3rd. She would have been 88 years old if she was still living… she died much too soon at age 70.
My mom and I didn’t always get along. Yet, the last 6 months before she died, she and I connected. It has been one of the greatest gifts I received and cherish when I think of her.
I created this piece in my art journal this week as an assignment for Carla Sonheim’s class, writing a poem (I chose this quote) with a paint brush and watercolor. I added the flowers with the crayon resist technique:
Afterwards, I realized that it was art from my heart – which is so powerful! My mom and I both LOVED flowers!
How do you and your mom connect from the heart?!
Posted in Art Journal, Flowers, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged art from the heart, art journal, color play, connections, flowers, happy, love, memories, mixed media art, mom, quotes, Remembrance
Life doesn’t always turn out as planned… Yet, I do believe how “I” react makes a BIG difference.
I created these patterns in color pencils on black paper with the thought of throwing rocks into water:
And afterwards watching the ripples of my actions spread…
When life gives me lemons, do I spread joy or anger?! The choice is mine.
Posted in color pencil, Doodles, Uncategorized
Tagged color pencils, Colorful, drawing, joy, life lessons, love, patterns, reflection, ripple effect, rocks, spreading joy
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 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
Scattered rain showers at the lake on Saturday so I sketched a wild rose in pencil. I forgot to bring my watercolors so I had to wait until I got home to complete it:
I identified this rose as a Baldhip or Wood rose. You can see rain droplets in the above photo against a “temporary” blue sky. Rain is good for many things – a long walk, a good night’s sleep and time to sketch.
After my pencil sketch, I decided to try a looser format in my art journal. I started this sketch on Saturday evening and finished it the following night with a black Micron pen:
I was upset and saddened by the recent, senseless shooting violence in Orlando, Florida. So I decided to paint my roses yesterday in the colors of a Peace Rose.
I don’t know if it is possible to paint peace but I gave it my best try. 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, Doodles, Drawing, Flowers, Nature Journal, Uncategorized
Tagged #naturedoodlewash, abstract, Art, black micron pen, color play, doodles, drawing, experiment, flowers, lake, love, Nature Journal, painting, peace, Peace Rose, pencil sketch, watercolor, wild roses