Tag Archives: the lake

Lily Of The Valley

A haiku for you…

Lily white as snow,

Adoring leaves surround you –


Making you the show!

Wishing you a Sunny Sunday to enjoy nature’s beauty around you!

Cheers! ūüôā

A Day To Reflect

Some days I just need to slow down and reflect on life…

Yesterday seemed like the perfect day at the lake! ¬†ūüėÉ

A good morning reflection – so thankful to be alive here at the lake!


An evening boat ride on calm waters:


Just breathe!  Love these cotton ball clouds and calm waters.  Thank you God for this beautiful place to unwind and recharge.

Pink clouds… such an amazing view!


Thank you for this day!  Wow!  God!  Your masterpieces are such a work of art in nature!!

Wishing you a day to relax and enjoy what brings you happiness in life!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

Textures In Nature

I’m a little behind… well, actually A LOT behind with Carla Sonheim’s 365 daily art class but rather than stress about it, I just do an assignment when I can.

Yesterday, I did this one when I was at the lake with ink pen.  Our assignment was to draw textures around us so I chose nature.


I added a little watercolor to spice things up a bit:


Did you notice the dead mosquito? ¬†There seemed to be PLENTY of them this weekend…

Cheers! ūüôā

A Nature Notan

Perhaps you remember the Notan I did previously?  If not you can find it here.  It is a  Japanese form of paper cutting with black and white shapes.

I decided to try another the other night to unwind from my work day…

I enjoyed the paper cutting part but the glueing went a little haywire. ¬†I was using a glue stick and it got super sticky. ¬†Then I accidentally glued the wrong side of a piece of paper so I dabbed it with a Kleenx and it stuck to the paper….

Rather than panic, I decided to add the “tissue look” to the black paper. ¬†And I think it turned out OK. ¬† I think I have a solution for the next one without using a glue stick. ¬†ūüėČ


Hope you enjoy the long weekend if you are living in the States. ¬†I’m heading to the lake!

Cheers! ūüôā

Abstract Landscapes In Watercolor

Do you remember the loose landscapes I recently did in acrylics?  Well, I decided to try them in watercolor.

However, I wanted to give myself¬†some new criteria to challenge my brain!¬† ūüôā

I decided to first create imaginary abstract landscapes with torn magazines and then paint them in watercolor.  I thought it would also be good practice in mixing similar colors with paint.  And to add another challenge, I decided to try adding texture to my watercolors with some of these items:


Here are my results, can you find the bubble wrap in the one below?


I like the simplicity of this one:


I realized afterwards that I needed less water and more paint to get closer to my color values.  Sometimes it is hard to remember that watercolor dries lighter!


I used several different textures in the above piece.  An egg carton to dip into the greenish-blue paint which made a great stamp!  An old dish rag for the purple mountain shape and the textured paper to create the bumps in the light green shape.

I think I like my last one best:


I used toilet paper to blot the green mountain shape.  Table salt on the black.  And the end of my paint brush to create lines in the purple shape.

I really enjoyed this exercise I created for myself!  Starting with collage first helped me to create shapes, colors and patterns that I would not have done on my own.

Here is a photo of a landscape at the lake.  I encourage you to give it a try!


Wishing you a sunny Sunday!¬† ūüôā

3 Cheers!

There are several reasons to celebrate today!  So I created a painting in anticipation of the weekend.

Here is my beginning or what I’m calling the “appetizer stage” of my painting:


I started with a simple sketch using a black micron pen and added watercolor pencils.

For the “main course,” I softened the watercolor pencils with water:


And for “dessert,” I added some pan pastels to the background with a stencil:


I found an all¬†natural and odor free¬†fixative at Dick Blick called Spectra Fix that worked well to¬†set the pan pastels.¬† I’d highly recommend it!

Here are some of the reasons I am celebrating today:

It’s FRIDAY!¬† Wahoo!!!¬† And the beginning of a 3-day weekend

World Watercolor Month starts today!  3 Cheers to Charlie at Doodlewash.com for organizing this event!!

The weather is cooling down!¬† It has been in the 90’s and it will be in the 70’s at the lake!

More time to paint in watercolor –¬†like these Friday Flowers

We will be celebrating our freedom with friends, good food and fireworks !!

How will you be celebrating today?!¬† I’d love to hear from you!

Enjoy your day!¬† ūüôā

Winter’s Wonderland

My hubby and I took a drive to the lake yesterday. The roads were wet so it was a good day to travel.  It was so lovely to see the trees covered with snow!  A little cold by the lake as the wind was blowing so I took a quick photo while it was snowing:


The lake water¬†is lowered in the winter so it always looks a bit strange to see so much shoreline.¬† It would be a bit chilly for a beach fire today!¬† ūüėČ

We walked around near our lake place.  It was so beautiful and peaceful!


We saw a few deer tracks and that was about it.  And a little sunshine as we were leaving but mostly it felt really cold.  Brrr!


So we stopped for a cup of coffee and hot cocoa to warm-up by a crackling fire at a local resort before heading home.

It¬†was lovely to enjoy winter’s wonderland for a day¬†and return to our warm home!

Enjoy your day!¬† ūüôā