I read an article from our local newspaper yesterday about a mom whose son recently graduated from high school. No big deal, right? Happens all the time…
Upon further reading, I learned that her son was born with a hole in his diaphragm and the doctors only gave him a 50/50 chance to survive. While he was in the hospital Neonatal ICU, struggling for every breath, this new mother placed two fingers on his laboring chest and whispered, please. When he exhaled, she whispered, thank you.
In the weeks that followed as her son grew healthy and strong with no lingering complications, each breath seemed like a miracle. This mom continued her prayer ritual of whispering, please when her son inhaled and thank you when he exhaled. Faced with the fragility of life, each year became a milestone to celebrate with her son!
This story reminds me of taking the time to say, thank you to people who I appreciate in my life. Sometimes it is good to recognize the milestones that are big and small…
I made the above card for a friend recently. I was inspired by these beautiful pink roses:
I thought you might like to learn how I made it. 🙂
I discovered that sea sponges make great roses! Just dab a damp sponge lightly in acrylic paint and twist your wrist as you apply the paint to paper. Adding several colors, gives it some depth. And a few splatters of watercolor gives it pizzazz!
My lettering came from an idea in this book from Joanne Sharpe. I used a permanent black Micron pen.
One doesn’t have to have a milestone to say, thank you; who do you know that would appreciate getting a handmade card in the mail?
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads this weekend…
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Flowers, Handmade card, imagination, Life, love, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic paint, handlettering, Handmade card, milestones, roses, sea sponge, stories, thankful
I wrote this quote in my art journal for my square project that I told you about in December. You can read more about it here, A Square Project
I have been working on my January pattern and it is complete! I will post it tomorrow.
I have always liked this saying as it reminds me of my mom and Mary Engelbreit.
My mom grew the most beautiful and fragrant roses. I can still see the colors in my mind and smell their sweet scent. Mom had a beautiful yard where she spent hours weeding and taking care of the plants.
Mary Engelbreit is one of my favorite artists. She created an iron-on transfer of this saying that I ironed onto a sweatshirt for my mom. When my mom passed away in 1999, I held onto that shirt for the longest time. As it reminded me of mom and her lovely roses.
I think we all have the ability to gather roses in winter in our minds. Memory to take us back to a warm breeze, soft petals and love for someone who touched our lives in a special way.
Whose memory do you treasure?
Posted in A Square Project, Art Journal, paper collage, Reflections, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, creative play, memories, mom, patterns, quotes, reflections, roses, the square project
Yesterday, I did a little printing on my Gelli-Plate – and maybe it was the color of the plastic table cloth…
But I was SEEING pink! 🙂
Maybe it was because I took a photo of these pretty pink roses in my yard before Jack Frost arrived:
Or seeing these blushing blueberry bushes:
I was definitely seeing PINK!
I’d love to hear how nature inspires you in your art making – I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Color, color experiments, gelli printing, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, autumn, blueberry bushes, bubble wrap, color play, creative play, experiment, found objects, Gelli Plate, Gelli-Prints, happy, inspiration, mixed media art, nature, nature photography, old maps, pink color, roses, seeing color, stencils
Continuing with my “R’s” in my Alphabet Journal yesterday, I decided to experiment drawing ROSES using the instruction from this RECENT book I purchased on Amazon:
I really like how the author, Peggy Dean simplifies flowers and leaves into basic shapes such as how to draw this rose:
I believe this book will give me some excellent ideas for future doodles like these roses I drew with an ink pen and colored with Prismacolor pencils:
Posted in Alphabet Art Journal, color pencil, Doodles, Drawing, Flowers, ink, nature, Uncategorized
Tagged Alphabet Art Journal, book review, color pencils, creative play, daily art, doodles, drawing, experiment, flowers, ink, inspiration, nature, roses, the letter "R", whimsical
In continuation of yesterday’s post, I discovered an exciting new way to complete my third collaged background from the fantastic, Australian artist, Toni Burt. I discovered her YouTube videos and online classes from a friend on Instagram.
I started with the same background in my sketchbook but added some white and blue acrylic paint to mute it. As you can see below:
After my paint dried, I covered my page with clear gesso to give it some “tooth” so I could draw my face on top.
I then went though the steps I learned in Toni’s class, “Flowers In Her Hair,” to create this beauty:
I hope you check out Toni’s classes at ToniBurt.com.au – I found the cost of her classes to be very reasonable for the amount of material she covers.
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art journal, creative ideas, drawing faces, flowers, graphite, inspiration, Learning to draw, mixed media art, online art classes, paper collage, roses, soft pastels
My wonderful hubby gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s day:
So I drew this single rose with an ERASER!
First, I blocked in my shape with a pencil and then “erased” sections to create my rose.
Wishing you ALL a Happy Valentine’s Day – one you won’t want to erase!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Flowers, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, creative ideas, daily art, drawing, eraser drawing, flowers, fun, happy, photography, roses, valentines day
I was recently struggling on how to paint this rose, do you remember? Well, I decided to take this photo on a cloudy day so I had less shadows:
This helped me to see the STAR of the show – the rose and not the leaves, as Debi Riley so kindly suggested to me. Thanks Debi! 🙂
I also appreciated the idea from Judith at Artistcoveries to do a value study first. So I did this with my computer by printing my image in color and then in black and white:
Drawing the rose shape with a black pen on top of the black and white image also helped me see my subject better.
Next, I decided to use a stencil of my rose to create these studies in my turquoise journal that I previously shared with you:
The rose image on the left is from a stencil like I did here and the image on the right is a gelli-print like I did here.
Today, I started a watercolor painting on Aquabord inspired by Laura at Create Art Everyday who has been experimenting on this surface:
It is only the beginning of my painting but I wanted to share it with you. I hope to experiment with adding collage too!
I just wanted you to know that I remember ALL your kind comments and encouragement in my art journey!! 🙂
I don’t always have the time to comment on your art like I wish I could but please know I appreciate YOU!
Thanks Friends!! 🙂
Posted in Flowers, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged aquabord, Art, art journal, art journey, color pencils, encouragement, experiment, expressive, Gelli-Prints, grateful, inspiration, nature photography, roses, stencils, turquoise, watercolor
A rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart. – Anonymous
My husband and I recently celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary. Every year he buys me a bouquet of beautiful roses. I am always very touched by his thoughtfulness. 🙂
This rose I have growing in my yard. I painted it in watercolor last year. I love how the shadows dance on the leaves and petals in this photo. Maybe I will try painting it in acrylics and adding collage to it this year.
It seems kind of complicated to me though so I could use your painterly advice! Thanks friends!
And may you have a Sunny Sunday! 🙂
Posted in Flowers, Painting, Sunny Sundays, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, learning, nature, nature photography, painting, quotes, reflection, roses, Sunny Sunday, watercolor
I am always so inspired by YOU! Each one of you inspire me in a DOZEN or more ways every day so THANK YOU!
Jodi at Life In Between and Laura at Create Art Everyday inspired me to pull out the art supplies and play yesterday! Sometimes it is FUN to just get the hands moving!
I created this piece with Neocolor II Water soluble crayons and Inktense Blocks:
This free experimentation led me to create one dozen roses:
I started this piece with a dip pen in black ink. I colored the flowers with Neocolor II crayons and then added water:
I finished my “bouquet” by adding two colors of blue and softening it with water.
It was so FUN to play! Thank you Jodi and Laura for inspiring me with your creativity!
Happy Coloring! 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, Flowers, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract, Art, childlike, color play, creative, drawing, experiment, flowers, fun, hearts, ink pen, Inktense blocks, inspiration, mark making, mixed media, Neocolor II, playful, roses, valentines day
Memory has the power to gather roses in winter.
I’m not sure who wrote this saying but it is one of my favorites.
I discovered this single rose by surprise last week. I was in a hurry on my way somewhere when it made me stop and take a deep breath.
I took a photo of it as a reminder to stop and notice the beauty around me each day. I want to remember this rose in the middle of winter.
What flowers do you like to gather in your memories?
I’d love to hear from you!
Stay Warm! 😊