I don’t know about you but sometimes I get stuck in a creative rut…
When creating becomes less fun and spontaneous, I realize I need a break.
I need a different perspective.
Taking a blogging break has helped me realize that creating art doesn’t have to be about knowing the direction I am going in life or art.
It can be about the JOY in discovery.
It can be experimenting with different art mediums such as watercolor paints…
And being inspired by aerial photography at National Geographic to create abstracts by dipping my paintbrush in paint.
I don’t have to create a masterpiece, I just need a new perspective and keep experimenting with JOY! 🙂
I hope you find JOY in what you create today.
Posted in Abstract Art, Life, nature, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract, Aerial photography, art experiments, color play, creative play, creative rut, imagination, inspiration, nature, relaxing, watercolor
Fall was in the air this last weekend at the lake!
I always like when the wild rose hips turn a blushing reddish-orange:
I did a pencil sketch of them in my journal:
I enjoyed taking these photos of Autumn’s Display to share with you:
I hope they brighten your Monday!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, fall, Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, autumn, Colorful, nature, peaceful, pencil sketch, photography, relaxing, sketchbook, the lake, wild roses
My hubby was listening to the jazz pianists, Bob James and Keiko Matsui from their album, “Altair and Vega,” last evening while I was working on this doodle:
I thought the title of one of their pieces, “The Forever Variations, was fitting for my doodle which started simply:
And patterns grew in complexity, much like their music:
I had a Micron pen explode on me, so I’m working some “spots” into my design…
It is a work in progress that I’m enjoying while listening to the smooth jazz!
What music do you enjoy listening to while creating? I’d love if you shared it with me… It might inspire me in my next doodle!
Posted in Abstract Art, Doodles, Drawing, imagination, ink, music, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged abstract, drawing, imagination, ink, jazz music, meditative, micron black pen, relaxing, zen, zen doodles, zentangle
Yesterday, I had a lazy daisy kind of day…
I was at the lake and the weather was very nice!
What a difference a week makes! The photo below on the left was taken last weekend and the photo on the right shows how the beach chairs would NOW be under water!
The sunshine feels wonderful but we don’t need the snow in the mountains to melt too quickly! Flood warnings are now in place…
Oh, the balance of nature… glad I’m not in charge! 😉
Hope you had a lazy daisy day too! What did you do?
Posted in Art Journal, collage papers, Color, color experiments, imagination, Lake, meditation, Mixed Media Collage, nature, Nature Photography, paper collage, paper scraps, Photograpy, Reflections, Sunny Sundays, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged art journal, color play, creative play, imagination, mixed media collage, nature, nature photography, peaceful, relaxing, Sunny Sunday, the lake
I remember as a young child making paper baskets and filling them with a simple bouquet of flowers from our yard.
Next, I would hang them on an unexpecting neighbor’s door handle, ring the doorbell and run! It was so fun to give a gift of kindness…
My watercolor reminded me of those simple times as I worked on it yesterday:
Perhaps the swirls of color could be ribbons on a May Pole?
Happy May Day!
Posted in Abstract Art, Art, Color, color experiments, Reflections, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract art, childhood memories, circles and squares, Colorful, Kindness, May, relaxing, smile, watercolor
Sometimes, I don’t know what to blog about…
Does this ever happen to you?
Or do you find yourself not knowing what to create?
I had another busy weekend with not much time to create art.
The new fridge was delivered on Saturday so we spent a greater part of the day cleaning inside and under the old fridge… before the new one could be installed. (We moved the old fridge to the garage.)
One has to wonder why they have so many bottles of half used condiments just sitting around on a shelf, taking up space in the refrigerator. 😉
There was also those unexpected surprises, like the moldy cheese in an ugly shade of blue hiding in the corner or the lime that is no longer green. (Oh, that’s what that was!)
The new fridge did get installed but the water hose leaked to the ice maker. Luckily, my hubby was able to buy a part and fix it himself. Fingers crossed that it is fixed! :-0
So back to creating art, I realize I got a bit off track…
I spent my evenings finishing this doodle of squares and circles with pencil shading:
I don’t know what month I will use it for my project… I’m finding planning ahead does have its advantages! Like cleaning out under the fridge more than every 20 years…
Posted in A Square Project, Doodles, Drawing, Humor, ink, Life, Uncategorized, writing
Tagged A Square Project, doodles, humor, ink, life, meditative, patterns, pencil shading, relaxing, writing, zen doodle
One of the things I enjoy about taking online art classes is creating my own assignments from the class.
This one I made by drawing overlapping still life shapes in a 5.5 x 8.5 journal with a Micron pen. Next, I colored the “shapes” with Prismacolor pencils.
It may look rather busy to you but it was very relaxing for me to create.
May you find JOY in the art you create!
Posted in Abstract Art, Art Journal, color experiments, color pencil, Doodles, Drawing, imagination, ink, Still Life, Uncategorized, Wine
Tagged abstract, art journal, color pencils, Colorful, creative ideas, drawing, imagination, ink, inspiration, meditative, relaxing, still life, wine
Perhaps you remember this doodle I recently started, if not you can find it here: Creative Doodling…
I recently finished it! 🙂
It always feels good to finish one because then I get to start a new one!
I get inspiration from a variety of patterns to create my designs. I wondered if YOU had an idea for me for my next zen doodle? I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, ink, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged doodle, drawing, drawing patterns, ink, meditative, micron pen, relaxing, zen, zen doodles, zentangle
As many of you know, I find doodling to be a meditative practice.
I like to draw patterns in the evening, often while my hubby is watching basketball or whatever sport is on TV. My hubby gets VERY involved with the games and often “encourages” the team and refs to play better. 😉
So I doodle away… Like this one I recently started:
And have been adding to it, a little each evening:
I was looking for inspiration for patterns and decided to look at this book I had purchased awhile back:
It has lots of creative ideas with blank pages to experiment! Super fun!
If I get stuck, I look at this book for inspiration. I usually can’t “copy” the patterns but use them as a place to start my own doodle pattern:
This doodle is approximately 5 inches wide by 5.25 inches in length. I am using a Pigma Micron pen in various sizes – primarily .01
I try to balance shapes, patterns and value in my designs. This is part of the fun! I’m still working on this doodle and will post it when I’m done! 🙂
What inspires YOU to create patterns or doodle creatively?
I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, ink, Uncategorized
Tagged book review, creative play, doodles, drawing, fun, ink, meditative, patterns, playful, relaxing, Sports, zen, zen doodles
I cut more circles and squares from my hand-painted papers this week and created a new collage yesterday:
Color play cheers me up – I hope it will bring sunshine to your day too!
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, gelli printing, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paints, color play, creative play, gelli-printed paper, hand painted papers, inspiration, meditative, paper collage, pattern play, relaxing