Tag Archives: relaxation

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! 🙂

 

 

Drawing Is Thinking…

I love this quote by Graphic Designer, Milton Glaser:

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Drawing is a form of meditation for me…  And so is coloring my designs.

What is drawing for you?  I hope you to share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

A Snow Globe?

I recently learned how to make handmade stamps using Adhesive Foam Sheets.  I will post how I made them soon!

These are the 2 handmade stamps I used for today’s project:img_9028

And here are my results in my art journal:

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I varied the colors of acrylic paints and added a little iridescent gold to the paints…

I finished it by gluing circles of gelli-printed deli paper and adding some purchased snowflake stamps:

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It looks a little like a snow globe to me!  I was inspired by a post I did a year ago, The Snow Fell Softly, that you can find here.

Wishing you a Fabulous Friday, Friends!!  🙂

A Doodle Day

I was thankful that I didn’t have to cook the Thanksgiving dinner yesterday.  We joined my hubby’s family with a household of LOTS of people!  I’m not used to being around this many people so I found it calming to create this doodle in my art journal:

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It was fun to add pattern to the negative space.  Tomorrow I hope to add color to the positive shapes.

Wishing you a fabulous Friday!!  Cheers!  🙂

Power Surges

As I started to write this post, we had a power surge and the paper shredder (that hasn’t been used in months!) decided to turn on loudly!  The only way to stop the noise was to unplug it!  Pretty weird!  😉

It reminds me of creating art.  Sometimes I have my own “power surges!”  Lol!  When I don’t think I have enough time to create art, I somehow find the TIME!  And I start creating MORE art!

Today’s art is inspired by my annual flowers (before Jack Frost!) and my Crapapple tree as it begins to change to it’s autumn dress:

I drew a pattern in my sketchbook first with Micron .08 black pen and then painted it with gouache paint.

Do you think it’s done?  I’m not sure…  I think it may need another layer of color.

Happy Creating!!  🙂

Returning To Work…

I’ve recently had to return to work in my husband’s business.  It has been an adjustment for me.

I find simply creating something – no matter how small or simple, helps relax me in the evening after work.  I’m reminded that it isn’t completing a masterpiece that is important but just doing some ART that brings me JOY!  🙂

I started a new (purchased) journal today from Strathmore (since my handmade journal is still in process) –

I love the soft cover and can’t wait to decorate the inside cover like I suggested in yesterday’s post!

It was relaxing to draw circles with Tombow  water soluble markers (and Artist Loft which are a cheap brand at Michael’s).  ADD water with a water brush and then MAGIC happens when the colors blend together!

I started to add some highlights of my white space with a black Micron .01 pen:

This is so FUN!  I love the colors and can’t wait to finish dooding!

Happy Creating!  🙂

Nature’s Treasures

I found it so relaxing last week to paint seeds, pods and berries that I decided to try painting some of nature’s treasures I found at the lake.  I painted these in my art journal:

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I enjoyed this very much so I decided to try another one yesterday at home:

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Would you purchase a card or something with this type of artwork?  I’d love to get your ideas!

Happy Painting!  🙂

Sunny Sunday

Hello Friends!

Welcome to another Sunny Sunday!  A day to enjoy life to the fullest – whatever that means for you!  🙂

For me, it means a day to unplug from the computer and enjoy some “me” time.  Today I’m going to do some reading – I’m reading the book, “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert – have you read it?

And I hope to spend some quality time with my hubby by going for a walk outside – weather permitting!

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Speaking of relaxing, I created this drawing in my journal this week while I was listening to the album, “Coco” by Colbie Caillat.  It was fun to experiment with some new art mediums such as Prismacolor markers, new colors of Tombow markers and a Lamy fountain ink pen!  Whahooo!

Other art mediums I used were color pencils, a gold gel pen, collage papers and a black Zig writer pen.

Wishing you a sunny day!  🙂

A Wine Doodle

I started this doodle in my sketchbook last Saturday:

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And I have been working on it for 5 days!  It was a good activity to start at the lake when a cool wind was blowing.

I am thinking of starting an additional blog on wine so this was my inspiration.

This is one of the largest doodles I have done – my journal is 9 x 9 inches.  I used Micron pens and also a Sharpie fine point pen.  The Sharpie pens seem to last longer and are cheaper to buy.

I am going to add shading to it with pencil.  Do you think I should add color to it?  Would love to know what you think!

Happy Creating!  🙂

Mr. B and Ms. C

Writing 101 – Day 6 Assignment:  Write about the most interesting person (or people) you’ve met this year.

Mr. B arrived before Ms. C.  It was a warm day and the trees were beginning to open their buds.  I could see by the grin on Mr. B’s face that he was in good spirits.  I was excited to greet him with a friendly, “hello!”

Mr. B and Ms. C were our new neighbors at the office complex where I worked.  They had moved into the vacant rooms next door in mid-March.  I enjoyed having them there.

Ms. C had a cheerful personality.  The kind that made you feel relaxed and energized when you were around her.  When you walked into her office, you immediately felt your worries melt away.  Her framed art lined the office walls.  You could feel the ocean breeze when viewing her photographs of seagulls in flight.  She displayed seashells from her walks on the beach, jars of fine sand and pots of green plants that helped you breathe easier.

And Mr. B, what can I say?  Always a friendly fellow with a smile on his face.  He had the personality of a wise soul.  He knew when you needed a friendly greeting or just a gentle nudge.  You see, Mr. B was a dog.  Not your everyday mutt mind you but a certified therapy dog.  He was Ms. C’s helper.

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Ms. C had the gift of touch.  As a massage therapist, she had the ability to relax your muscles and your mind.  And Mr. B, well, Ms. C had him trained so he slept when a client was on the table.  He rarely barked.

Watching Mr. B (Baxter) chase his Frisbee down the long hallway during breaks between clients was pure joy!  Mr. B with his tail wagging, ears flopping and little legs running.  One could just tell he was smiling!

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There is nothing like the friendly lick of a dog’s tongue on the back of your hand when you are having a tough day at the office.  It was evident that Mr. B had the gift of touch too.

One couldn’t ask for better neighbors or friends as Mr. B and Ms. C!

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Smile!