Tag Archives: the lake

Lily Of The Valley

A haiku for you…

Lily white as snow,

Adoring leaves surround you –

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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!

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An evening boat ride on calm waters:

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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!

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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.

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

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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

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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:

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

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I like the simplicity of this one:

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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!

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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:

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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!

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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:

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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:

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

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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:

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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!

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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!

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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