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Shadows and Light

I find the shadows to be almost as beautiful of the flowers in the sun light!

Foxglove next to Bluebells:

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Flowers purchased to plant:

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And flowers planted:

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May you enjoy the beauty surrounding you today!

Cheers! ūüôā

 

 

Lily Of The Valley

A haiku for you…

Lily white as snow,

Adoring leaves surround you –

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Making you the show!

Wishing you a Sunny Sunday to enjoy nature’s beauty around you!

Cheers! ūüôā

A Day To Reflect

Some days I just need to slow down and reflect on life…

Yesterday seemed like the perfect day at the lake! ¬†ūüėÉ

A good morning reflection – so thankful to be alive here at the lake!

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An evening boat ride on calm waters:

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Just breathe!  Love these cotton ball clouds and calm waters.  Thank you God for this beautiful place to unwind and recharge.

Pink clouds… such an amazing view!

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Thank you for this day!  Wow!  God!  Your masterpieces are such a work of art in nature!!

Wishing you a day to relax and enjoy what brings you happiness in life!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

Moonrise

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:

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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.

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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.

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Have you ever used Lutradur?¬† I’d love to hear how you have used it!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

Abstract Landscape

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:

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Next, I outline shapes I see when the paint changes color with a black Micron .01 pen:

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It is very meditative to choose which shapes I want to include:

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This time, I left some shapes without outlines:

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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.

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

Spring Flowers

We had sunshine and warmer temperatures recently in the Pacific Northwest. ¬†It had me dreaming of Spring and flowers…

So I started this doodle last night in my art journal:

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This drawing¬†is only the beginning… just like the promises of Spring in a month or two!

Wishing you a day filled with sunny thoughts!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

Carousel Of Lights

Carousel of lights,

Forgetting winter’s cold bite,

Brings our eyes delight!

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My hubby and I were at¬†Coeur d’Alene, Idaho yesterday.¬† I took these photos outside at the marina.¬† The resort puts on a Christmas light show every year.

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I enjoyed looking at the mountains too and how peaceful the lake is in winter.  We did see one boat on the lake in 12 degrees!  Brrr!  Too cold for us!

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Wishing you a day to relax and enjoy¬†the beauty around you…¬†wherever you live!

Peace Friends!¬† ūüôā

A Snow Glow

We had several inches of snow this last weekend which made for this perfect photo opportunity:

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When I went outside to take this photo at night is was so very quiet…It made me stop and just enjoy the “glow in the snow!”

Nature always has a way of making me stop and enjoy its beauty!!

Happy Monday!!¬† ūüôā

Painting On Vacation – Part 2

This is the second post of my art journal paintings I did while on vacation at the lake.  I posted the first week, here.

On Sunday, July 24, I saw four Evening Grosbeaks in a neighbor’s cherry tree at the lake so this was my inspiration for Monday’s drawing on July 25:

I added a few color pencils and white gel pen to my bird at the end.

Tuesday, I skipped a day in my art journal because I did¬†a mixed media painting from Carla Sonheim’s¬†FREE Kid’s Art Week that I posted last week on my blog, here.

On Wednesday, July 27, I was inspired by the purple color and shape in the wildflower, Fireweed to create this abstract feather:

Thursday, July 28th, I wanted to paint the quiet beauty that surrounds me at the lake so I painted this picture and later added a Bible verse:

On Friday, July 29, I was experimenting with gouache and was inspired by the circular shapes and colors in my flowers to created these swirls of patterns:

Saturday, July 30th found me floating in the boat and enjoying the lake!  I was inspired by the clear, natural water to paint it:

On Sunday, July 31st, I celebrated 31 days of painting with watercolor for World Watercolor Month by painting a bottle of wine and one glass.  I added a little pizzazz to the background with one of my Gelli-prints:

I hope I inspire you to paint on your next vacation!  I found it very relaxing and a perfect way to remember my time at the lake:

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Happy Creating!¬† ūüôā

Beyond Doodles!

When I was in Oaxaca, we took¬† a trip to San Martin Tilcajete to see a village of woodcarvers who made exquisite alebrijes, (Spanish pronunciation:¬†[aleňąő≤…ĺixes]) which are fanciful hand-carved wooden sculptures made out of soft copal wood.

The hand-painted patterns were amazing on these fantastic creatures!  It required a steady hand and good eyesight to create such stunningly beautiful designs such as these finished pieces:

I thought you might enjoy seeing how they were made by these very skilled artists.  First the soft copal wood is carved using a machete, a chisel and a knife  Рsuch as this carver using a knife:

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Details of bulls that were carved and waiting for the next step:

Once they are carved, the cracks in the wood are filled with a putty.  These have been sanded and are waiting to be painted Рyou can see samples of the copal wood behind them.  There are male and female trees with different scents and softness.

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The sculptures are painted a base color(s) before the patterns are meticulously hand-painted.  It was wonderful to watch them steadily paint such amazing details using vibrant colors with skilled hands:

I thought this bull was fantastic:

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We got to try our hand at painting a small animal – here is my rabbit on the left¬†– not easy to keep a steady hand!¬† So I purchased this small lizard that someone else created…

One of the many things that impressed me about this place was the beautiful gardens that surrounded the artisans:

It was a paradise of beauty in itself Рso many colors, shapes and patterns:

I hope you enjoyed my little tour!  And if you would like to find out more about the alebrijes, check out this link from Wikipedia at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alebrije

Happy Doodling!¬† ūüôā