I created this wild horse using a masking tape technique recently. I scribbled copic markers inside the tape as my first layer before adding watercolor.
I hadn’t planned on creating a horse but after I removed the masking tape, he appeared! Lol! 😉 I added pan pastels and watercolor splashes to soften the image.
The masking tape was EXTRA sticky so I tried my next
animal creature using washi tape. Below is a before and after photo:
I learned this technique from Carla Sonheim. I think it would be a super fun activity to do with children. (The washi tape was much less sticky and worked better than the masking tape for me.)
When I took this photo at the lake Saturday evening, I saw a horse head in the storm clouds afterwards:
Do you see it? I must have had horses on my mind!
Hope your Monday starts out in a slow trot and not a fast gallop!
Posted in Animals, Art Projects for Kids, Horses, Humor, imaginary drawings, imagination, Mixed Media, nature, Nature Photography, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged Art Projects for Kids, clouds, horses, humor, imagination, markers, masking tape, mixed media art, nature, nature photography, smile, the lake, watercolor
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…
Posted in Abstract Art, Art, Art Journal, collage papers, color experiments, color pencil, Doodles, Drawing, Flowers, Humor, imaginary drawings, imagination, ink, Lake, Mixed Media Collage, Nature Photography, paper collage, paper scraps, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged art journal, art mediums, discover, doodles, experiment, explore, flower pots, flowers, paper collage, sketchbook, summer, the lake, watercolor pencils
What inspires YOU?
This last weekend I was at the lake…
The weather has been unusually warm which has made the snow melt too quickly. The lake water is well above normal.
Beaches are now part of the lake…
Perhaps stories around a campfire some day?
The lake was so calm for these photos… beautiful reflections:
I love how the sky reflects on the water…
It gave me time to relax and reflect on my own life.
And create this lake doodle in my art journal…
I’d love to hear what helps YOU relax!
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, Drawing, imagination, ink, Lake, landscapes, meditation, nature, Nature Photography, peace, Photograpy, Reflections, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged doodles, drawing, imagination, ink, landscapes, nature, nature photography, peaceful, reflections, relax, the lake, whimsical
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
We have been dealing with smoke from wild fires in our area for several weeks. Not only do we have poor vision but the air quality has been awful! This photo was taken last weekend at the lake:
So we were thrilled to have a few drops of rain and wind to clear the skies this last weekend!
Yesterday, we were able to enjoy a short boat ride and breathe in fresh air in clear skies. It was wonderful to see blue sky and mountains again. Hoorah! 😃
We noticed the air and water temperatures were cooler and leaves starting to change to autumn’s glorious show:
It was so nice to enjoy the beauty around us again! We hope that the firefighters are able to get control of fires around us so that the smoke stays away. We still need rain badly.
Even the wild animals are hurting from the dry weather. I found this wild bunny eating an apple from a neighbor’s tree. The deer love the apples but I have never seen a bunny eat one!
Such bizarre weather this year, everywhere it seems…
Stay safe friends!
Posted in Animals, fall, Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Photograpy, Uncategorized
Tagged blue sky, boating, breathe, fall, mountains, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, photography, smoky skies, the lake
It is difficult to believe that summer is almost over! September brings cooler evenings, shorter days and changing colors.
In the states, we are celebrating an extra long weekend called Labor Day (always the first Monday in September) which pays tribute to contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and came a federal holiday in 1894.
I took a little extra time to paint outdoors at the lake today. I gathered some flowers, a wild rose hip and a couple of beach rocks.
I’m not really liking the black online but I wanted to try something different. I gave this little painting to a friend who kindly brought me dinner last week. It was an extra nice treat for me! 🙂
How do like to spend a little extra time to relax?! I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Drawing, fall, Lake, Nature Photography, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged drawing, extra time, flowers, gratitude, ink, Labor Day, mountains, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, thankful, the lake, watercolor
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.
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Lake, nature, Nature Journal, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art journal, botanical drawing, bunnies, creative play, drawing, ink, inspiration, love nature, nature, Nature Journal, needlepoint inspired, relaxing, summer, the lake, watercolor
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!
Posted in Haiku, Lake, nature, Nature Photography, poetry, Uncategorized
Tagged fall, haiku, happy, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, peaceful, photography, poety, relaxing, summer, the lake
It started feeling a little like fall this last weekend at the lake. Saturday was super hot with temperatures in the 90’s but Sunday, we finally got some rain! Hoorah!! We have been without rain for almost 45 days and it has been so hot and dry. We need more precipitation but at least this helped clear away some smoke from wild fires our area.
There was a big drop in air temperature – almost 25 degrees. We went swimming and I think the water was warmer than the 65 degree Fahrenheit air. 😉
When I think of fall, I think of golden yellow like this Common Tansy that seemed to be in bloom everywhere:
And the color, brown like some of these leaves on this apple tree. The deer will be eating their fill on them soon. This single daisy in this photo on the right, seemed to be waving goodbye to summer!
Pearly Everlasting flowers were in bloom – these make excellent dried bouquets!
And other leaves were starting to change to their golden yellow foliage:
I discovered a rare patch of wild raspberries – oh, so sweet! The end of summer fruit. I hope to paint them in my nature journal soon. 🙂
I don’t know the name of these white berries… possibly they are snowberries? I know they aren’t edible:
Snowberries are members of the honeysuckle family and start appearing in late summer.
How do you notice the change of seasons in fall? What is your favorite season? I hope you share it with me! 🍂
Posted in fall, Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged changing seasons, fall, flowers, nature, Nature Journal, nature photography, plants, the lake, wild raspberries, wildflowers
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.
Posted in Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Reflections, Uncategorized
Tagged beautiful place, healing, nature, nature photography, peaceful, reflection, summer, the lake