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!
Posted in Nature Journal, Nature Photography, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, a natural gift, inspiration, love nature, meditative, nature, Nature Journal, nature's beauty, painting outdoors, pinecones, relaxing, sketchbook, summer, the lake, watercolor
“Creativity is not a talent… It is a way of Operating.” – John Cleese
Wishing you a happy and creative day!
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, color pencils, creative play, doodles, encouragement, happy, inspiration, lettering, meditative, quotes
I recently started a new doodle and here is my progress:
Yesterday, I got a little more done on it:
One of my favorite art quotes by Albert Einstein is:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, Uncategorized
Tagged creative play, drawing, faces, fun, imagination, ink, meditative, patterns, quotes, whimsical, zen, zen doodles, zentangle
Seems our weather in the Pacific Northwest has gone from a cool Spring to above 80 degrees in one day! Ugh!! I do like warmer weather but prefer gradual increases in temperatures…
Here is a doodle I did a while ago but I haven’t posted yet:
My cat loves the sunshine but even he was too hot to be outside this afternoon! Lol!
Posted in Art Journal, Cats, Doodles, Drawing, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, cats, creative play, doodles, drawing, flowers, imagination, ink, meditative, pattern play, relaxing, Spring, summer, sunny weather, zen doodles, zentangle
Sometimes I just like to swirl my paintbrush around with watercolor in my art journal. No thinking involved… just playing with color:
Yesterday, I didn’t have much time but I still wanted to DO something! So I created this haiku over my ribbons of paint:
I remember using scissors to create ribbons for wrapped gifts before store bought bows became popular. “Zip!!” And curls appeared like magic!
Wishing you a day with happy memories!
Posted in Art Journal, Haiku, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art journal, color, creative fun, creative play, haiku, happy, ink, lettering, meditative, memories, playful, ribbons, watercolor
Maybe you remember the art doodle I started before my foot surgery? I’m pleased to say that I have finished it! Here is the final one that is on 5.5 x 8.5 inch paper:
And here are the stages of my progress:
I am pleased to say my left foot is healing well from my surgery too! I got my stitches out yesterday… YAY! 🙂 I will have to wear my foot boot (brace) for another month but I am thrilled to be moving forward.
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and words of encouragement!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, Uncategorized
Tagged art doodle, drawing, foot surgery, fun, gratitude, happy, healing, ink, meditative, pattern play, relaxing, zen doodle, zentangle
I started one of my doodles recently… Knowing I would need a distraction:
I’m trying to prepare for foot surgery – the fusing of big toe on my left foot due to arthritis.
I try to keep my blog positive and not share this part of my life with you as I know we ALL have our problems! And yet, I feel I need to share this part of my life with you now – not for your pity but for your understanding. I live with chronic pain and osteoarthritis – why I create art with humor! 🙂
I’m scheduled for surgery on my left big toe, March 23rd. I could use your good thoughts and prayers.
I have put off surgery for five years but I still worry about it. Two weeks at home and at least six more weeks (plus or minus) recovery time. Yes, I can drive after two weeks since it is my left foot. 😉
I’ve tried to plan ahead and stock the freezer and the cupboard for my hubby so he doesn’t have to get much take-out. I’ve tried to get caught up with housework and laundry. I have tried to get caught up at work (we work together). And yet, I still think of things I didn’t do!
I will post a weird bird on Wednesday and maybe throw in a couple of unexpected posts here and there for a couple of weeks! And I’m hoping I can get caught up with your blogs during this time! 🙂
I’d love it if you started a doodle to share with me!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, Life, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, arthritis, daily art, doodles, drawing, ink, life's challenges, love art, meditative, pain, positive attitude, sketchbook, zen, zentangle
Sometimes I like to put brush to paper in watercolor without thinking about an outcome.
This experiment I did in my art journal recently. As winter fades and Spring awakens:
The colors in nature change from greys and blues to greens and yellows.
I also painted similar colors and patterns on Lutradur in watercolor. This photo tells you about this product if you haven’t heard about it.
The product can be used in sewing and paper arts. It feels like a heavy interfacing used in sewing.
I cut out a few strips of the painted Lutradur and glued them over my watercolor paper. I like the subtle contrast with the paper. I added a gelli-printed circle to represent the moon.
Have you ever used Lutradur? I’d love to hear how you have used it!
Posted in Art Journal, collage papers, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art journal, color play, creative ideas, experiment, imagination, Lutradur, meditative, mixed media art, moonrise, nature inspired, paper collage, patterns, peaceful, Spring, watercolor
We are having a really late Spring this year. So I have been doodling leaves in my sketchbook, dreaming of warmer weather:
Perhaps you remember me starting this as a watercolor on a previous post? If not, you can find it here.
It was a fun “branching out” and trying things in a different order. However, I like creating the doodle first and then adding color, what do you think?
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged art journal, creative, doodle, drawing, fun, imagination, leaves, meditative, pattern play, relaxing, sketchbook, Spring, watercolor, white gel pen, zen doodles, zentangle
I haven’t done one of these abstracts in awhile. I find them very meditative to do. I did this one on Sunday while watching the Oscars.
I started with several layers of watercolor on 140 lb hot press paper:
Next, I outline shapes I see when the paint changes color with a black Micron .01 pen:
It is very meditative to choose which shapes I want to include:
This time, I left some shapes without outlines:
I think it gives the eyes time to rest. You can choose to see individual shapes or the big picture.
I want to try using an actual photo as a reference for my next one.
Posted in Abstract Art, Drawing, imaginary drawings, ink, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract art, Art, color play, drawing, experiment, imagination, ink, joy, landscapes, meditative, mixed media, peaceful, watercolor