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Painting On Vacation – Part 2

This is the second post of my art journal paintings I did while on vacation at the lake.  I posted the first week, here.

On Sunday, July 24, I saw four Evening Grosbeaks in a neighbor’s cherry tree at the lake so this was my inspiration for Monday’s drawing on July 25:

I added a few color pencils and white gel pen to my bird at the end.

Tuesday, I skipped a day in my art journal because I did a mixed media painting from Carla Sonheim’s FREE Kid’s Art Week that I posted last week on my blog, here.

On Wednesday, July 27, I was inspired by the purple color and shape in the wildflower, Fireweed to create this abstract feather:

Thursday, July 28th, I wanted to paint the quiet beauty that surrounds me at the lake so I painted this picture and later added a Bible verse:

On Friday, July 29, I was experimenting with gouache and was inspired by the circular shapes and colors in my flowers to created these swirls of patterns:

Saturday, July 30th found me floating in the boat and enjoying the lake!  I was inspired by the clear, natural water to paint it:

On Sunday, July 31st, I celebrated 31 days of painting with watercolor for World Watercolor Month by painting a bottle of wine and one glass.  I added a little pizzazz to the background with one of my Gelli-prints:

I hope I inspire you to paint on your next vacation!  I found it very relaxing and a perfect way to remember my time at the lake:


Happy Creating!  🙂

Painting On Vacation – Part 1

I thought that you might enjoy seeing my watercolor paintings in my art journal during my lake vacation.  I posted them on Instagram but I know that some of you aren’t on IG so this is for you!  And it is kind of fun to see them all together.  🙂

I have decided to show it in two posts.  Here is my first week:


I started with a simple leaf study on Sunday, July 17 and painted it 3 times.  I have the actual leaf in the photo above.  It was really fun to paint it more than once.

On Monday, July 18, I painted this view from the beach.  I haven’t done too many landscapes so it was fun to try one:

On Tuesday, July 19, I gathered a few rocks from the beach and painted them.  I found painting beach rocks to be very meditative:


When walking in the woods on Wednesday, July 20, I discovered this rare find – it is called, Indian Pipe or Ghost flower:

It was one of my more difficult subjects to paint as I had to paint the shadows.

Thursday, July 21, we had a perfectly, blue-sky kind of day!  The best weather all week.  I found this Thimbleberry Bush and clipped a couple of stems to paint:

On Friday, July 22, I painted this dragonfly from a photo I had taken previously.  I really liked how it turned out:


On Saturday, I painted this more complex subject of Bunchberries from a photo I took from a walk along a path:

I ran out of time and patience on it.  I wasn’t pleased with my background but I decided to give it a rest.  I kept reminding myself that it is about practice NOT perfection…

On Sunday, July 24, I tried another challenging subject – beach toys on the beach from this photo:

I learned a lot during my first week of painting while on vacation.  I enjoyed trying a variety of subjects and I didn’t give up when I struggled.  YAY!

I’m not sure I would have painted in watercolor EVERY day if it wasn’t for Charlie at Doodlewash who started World Watercolor Month for July.  (Note the group is now called, World Watercolor Group).   Thanks Charlie for inspiring me!

I will post my photos for the second week of my lake vacation on Thursday, August 4th.

Happy Painting!  🙂


One day in Oaxaca, we loaded a bus and went to visit the Centro de Las Artes de San Agustin (CASA), which was once a bustling factory and is now an art center and museum.


I was taken with the beauty of this place which allowed me time to reflect on my life.

Sometimes I get so busy in life that I forget to stop and enjoy the quiet moments…


This place helped me slow down and SEE the beauty around me.

I found this quote on the internet:  “Sometimes you have to take a step back to see that you’re moving forward in the right direction.”

I discovered that I need more time to reflect so I won’t be blogging every day.  As much as I enjoy blogging, I need time to think.  Time to reflect and figure out where I am going…

I hope you enjoyed these photos today as much as I did.  🙂


Colors and Textures, Oh My!

I was really attracted to the colors on the buildings in Oaxaca, Mexico.  I discovered interesting color combinations and found the colors did not have to match.

I did a loose interpretation of the buildings in collage, watercolor, color pencils and ink pen that I thought you might enjoy seeing:

And I loved the texture of this old door:

This one I did today with Neocolors, watercolor, color pencil and ink pen:

I hope you enjoyed my experiments.  I’d love to know what you think!

Have a color filled Friday!  🙂

Las Bugambilias


A page from my journal:


And here are some photos:

The breakfast table was as colorful as my beautiful surroundings:

And here is a collage I did in Oaxaca of my beautiful breakfast:


Enjoy your day!  🙂

I’m Back!

Hello Friends!

I arrived home very late last night from a FABULOUS art retreat in Oaxaca, Mexico!  I have so much to share with you – but I’m still unpacking and getting caught up on sleep.  Here are a couple of photos for you to enjoy:

I took more than 1500 photos of this beautiful place.  I look forward to sharing my adventures with all of you!

Cheers!  🙂

New Landscapes

Sometimes I enjoy just doodling in my art journal.  Today I started with color pencils and watched as my patterns and colors filled my page.  Below is one of my favorite quotes:


I used to think this quote meant OPENING my eyes where I am now – my world.  Yet, I’m starting to understand that part of the discovery is EXPLORING new things…perhaps with new eyes but more importantly with an OPEN mind.

I decided to fulfill one of  the items on my bucket list this year and attend an art retreat in Oaxaca, Mexico!   I am so excited (a bit nervous too) and yet I am looking forward to new discoveries!  Oh, the colors and patterns I will see and the creative friends I will make!  🙂

Starting this Thursday, Feb 25, I will be taking an almost two week blogging break but I hope to post some photos on Instagram as Art Jill Kuhn.  I have been blogging almost every day for over a year so a little break will be nice – but I will miss all of you, my friends!

Happy Exploring!  🙂