Summers in the Pacific Northwest where I live, seem sooo short!
I can’t believe we are already in the middle of July…
The lake water is FINALLY getting warm with SUN at last!
I have decided to take a short blogging break and enjoy –
Sweet Summer Time!
And paint! I look forward to sharing more discoveries in my watercolor nature journal with you:
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I interrupt this weekly weird bird post to share a perfect day with you!
We had to make a quick trip to the lake yesterday to have our RV fixed by “Bob,” the mobile RV doctor! 😉
It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the 80’s so I thought you might want to tag along with me for some lake time in Northern Idaho…
Priest Lake does look rather inviting with its pristine water but it is still a chilly 60 degrees.
I’d rather sit in a beach chair and enjoy the view, how about you?
The wild roses are in bloom and so Pretty In Pink
I even discovered a bumble bee enjoying them!
The Cottonwood trees were shedding their cottony seeds and it looked a little like snow falling from this brilliant blue sky.
My friend, Marsha showed me her amazing needlepoint she is creating of BIRDS! I can’t wait until she completes all the unique stitches and adds their beaded hats!
I hope you enjoyed this perfect day at the lake with me!
As the sign in our kitchen at home says… “A day at the lake is worth a month in town!”
P.S. I did see a “gang” of turkeys cross the road on the car ride home… perhaps they will show up in next week’s weird bird Wednesday!
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Summer clouds reflect,
Another season ending…
Autumn’s chill arrives.
My hubby and I went kayaking Saturday before the big chill arrived at the lake. The early morning rain shower on Sunday brought a new layer of cool autumn air.
We close up at the lake soon. I always feel a little sad to see another summer season end…
We feel blessed to have so many wonderful memories and seasons with our friends at the lake!
Cheers to good memories! 🙂
P.S. What memories do you cherish with friends? I hope you share them with me! ❤️
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OK, I agree, my title is a bit punny for one of the last five watercolors I did in July:
Next, I decided to expand my horizons (so to speak) and painted this landscape:
Not a subject I normally paint, so I was pleased with it… below is my reference photo I used from a photo I took of a nearby creek:
We recently had a full moon that inspired these summer stars:
I enjoyed playing with a dagger brush and different color combinations for them.
Time was short so I experimented to create this fantastic feather:
I used a straw to blow wet pools of watercolor paint and gold acrylic ink to give it some pizazz! The collaged letter, “F” I created from one of my leftover watercolor circles from a previous project.
I ended my last painting for July with this door and quote:
I was ready to close the “door” on this project and start something new!
Thank you ALL for your encouragement on this month’s project, as always, I appreciate your kind comments and likes of support… it means so much to me!
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Continuing with my Alphabet watercolor and collage series for the month of July…
Letter, “T” is for trees:
Do you see a couple of birds in my tree? 😉
”U” never know when a unicorn will show up!
Especially when under a sun umbrella!
And no, I wasn’t sampling the vino…
Just drawing with my eyes closed! (Yes, my eyes were open for the painting, lettering and I did cheat a little and add a few extra lines to the wine bottles with my eyes open…)
I have decided to spend a few extra days enjoying the lake this week. Temps will be in the high 80’s and low 90’s…
Summer is so short here that it is nice to enjoy when the weather is good!
There is something about the water that is so soothing…
Cheers to summer! 🙂
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I am feeling much better and happy to be blogging again! YAY! 😃
I couldn’t stay away from creating in my art journal for too long…
And discovered this sketchbook to be the perfect size for a little art!
Sometimes I think I have to make something BIG for it to be considered as ART…
Yet, this is not true! After all, flowers come in all shapes, color and sizes so why not art?
And art journaling isn’t about a MASTERPIECE…
But EXPLORING and creating…
And experimenting with different art mediums!
Who knows what discoveries I will make by creating a little art in my journal…
I encourage you to give it a try!
Plant a little art today…
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A sassy Sash bird sizzles in the scorching summer sun:
With temps into the high 90’s this week in the Pacific Northwest… this bird is not the only one feeling the heat!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Stay Cool! 🙂
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When I was at the lake this last weekend, my friend Marsha showed me a beautiful needlepoint sampler that she was in the process of completing.
I so enjoyed seeing all the different stitches and threads in Marsha’s artwork! It reminded me of needlework embroidery that I used to do. 🙂
After I completed this drawing – inspired by the patterns in a book that I showed you previously, here: A Rosy Review
I decided to add watercolor to give it some spark:
And a Summer Sampler was done! Much quicker than stitching but it would be fun to try with thread.
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It was a blue-sky kind of day at the lake yesterday. The sun was shining, no wildfire smoke was in the air and we enjoyed a nice boat ride on smooth water!
Summer skies of blue,
Filtered streams of sun light,
Fade into fall’s grasp:
Wishing you a blue-sky kind of relaxation wherever you are!
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Tagged fall, haiku, happy, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, peaceful, photography, poety, relaxing, summer, the lake
I was rear ended in my vehicle yesterday… this will be the second time in less than two years by people NOT paying attention. It makes me very upset.
I do not feel well to create art so I’m sharing these photos from the lake last weekend:
I find the colors soothing and the memories of this place, healing…
What colors do you find soothing when you are upset? I hope you share it with me.
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