It was an amazing fall day yesterday in the Pacific Northwest! Hubby and I took advantage of this blue-sky day by taking a walk at Manito Park.
It seems that everywhere we looked, nature was showing her glorious autumn colors:
It was wonderful to see so many people out enjoying the day… we saw people taking family photos, several dog walkers and many people just breathing in the beauty like us.
It was easy to put the busy work week behind us when we were dazzled by these colors as they reflected on this pond:
And with such a spectacular photo like this one:
Life’s troubles seemed to disappear.
Wishing you a moment to reflect on the beauty around you today…
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Tagged autumn, autumn leaves, Colorful, inspiration, Manito Park, Maple Trees, nature, nature photography, reflections, relaxation, Sunny Sunday, trees, walking outside, water reflections
I like to pick a few wildflowers when I’m at the lake so that I can study and paint them in watercolor.
I found Common Tansy and Common Yarrow wildflowers yesterday at the lake. They may be common in name but not common for me to paint!
I tried to paint them loosely and then added a few details with a BROWN micron pen to change things up a little.
I struggled with painting the Birch bark so I realize it looks a bit strange. 😉
Here is a photo of what I was trying to paint:
I like the burst of red from the cherry, how about you? I thought it was a good way to end #World Watercolor Month as today is the last day to celebrate – thanks Charlie at doodlewash.com for making it such a fun month!
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I apologize that I haven’t posted in a few days… life has kind of gotten in the way! I haven’t been feeling well and so I have gotten behind.
I thought you might enjoy taking a little walk with me at the lake after a busy week…
These pie cherries are looking pretty ripe! The Robins haven’t eaten these…yet!
The sunset looks like a winner tonight – look at these whispy clouds!
Pinecones piled high for a beach fire – yet look at that yellow flower growing on the edge! 🙂
As I step onto the dock, I notice the clouds reflecting on the water and plants sprouting new growth between boards:
I like the combination of the moss growing on the dock boards and the mountains in the distance in this sunset view:
As I walk back to my little place at the lake, I notice these beautiful flowers:
I just love their color combination, don’t you? 💜
Wishing you a happy day taking a walk enjoying the beauty around you – I hope you share a description with me!
Posted in Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged flowers, inspiration, life, mountains, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, relaxation, sunsets, taking a walk, the lake
OK, I must confess… watercolor is NOT my chosen art medium BUT when I spent some time splashing the paint around like yesterday at the lake for World Watercolor Month, it really does ROCK!
This is one of the reasons I like this mountain lake so much – it is soooo clean that you can actually SEE the rocks!
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Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, art journal, nature, painting outdoors, relaxation, rocks, summer, the beach, the lake
I took this photo at the lake recently:
Then had fun changing it with a free app called, “Layout,” on my iPad:
Doesn’t it look cool?!
Here is another one with a different photo:
Wishing you a day to relax doing what you enjoy!
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Tagged blue sky, creative ideas, creative play, fun, happy, inspiration, lake, mountains, nature, nature photography, photo app, relaxation, summer
I find the shadows to be almost as beautiful of the flowers in the sun light!
Foxglove next to Bluebells:
Flowers purchased to plant:
And flowers planted:
May you enjoy the beauty surrounding you today!
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Tagged beauty, flowers, nature, nature's beauty, nature's photography, peaceful, photography, reflection, relaxation, shadows and light, summer
I love this quote by Graphic Designer, Milton Glaser:
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!
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Tagged 365 phew class, Art, art journal, color pencils, color play, coloring, creative play, drawing, flowers, inspiration, meditation, quotes, relaxation, summer
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:
And here are my results in my art journal:
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:
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!! 🙂
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Tagged acrylic paint, art journal, creative, experiment, fun, Gelli-Prints, handmade stamps, imagination, mixed media, paper collage, relaxation, rubber stamps, snow globe, snowflakes, Whimsical Art, Winter
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:
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! 🙂
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged art journal, black and white, creative, doodle, drawing, family, fun, imagination, inspiration, meditative, negative shapes, patterns, relaxation, sketchbook, zentangle
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!! 🙂
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Tagged Art, art journal, autumn, color play, creative, doodle, drawing, flowers, gouache, inspiration, meditative, micron black pen, mixed media, nature, photography, relaxation, sketchbook