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Bloom Where You Are Planted!

I like this saying… probably because I like flowers!  And it applies to art too!

Flower Crazy - Week 3 - Gesso first on wood

In 2013, I started taking online art classes.  I had never done it before but I wanted to nurture my creative side.  I was working full-time so I didn’t have the time to take a live class or workshop.  I’m so glad I took the risk!

I’ve taken MANY classes from Carla Sonheim and have learned so much!  The above painting I did on wood with gesso first then watercolors.  I never would have thought to try this without her class called, “Flower Crazy.”

I learned other techniques such as this one:

Rub & Buff - 2

I created texture with gesso and then painted it with watercolor and buffed it with a soft cloth.  Very fun!

And I learned more about negative painting in this one:

Flower Crazy - Week 3 - watercolor first

I painted the wood panel with watercolors first.  Then I created my flowers by painting the negative background in gesso.

One of the things I enjoy about taking an online art class is I still get to learn from others!  I make new online friends too.  🙂

If you have never taken an online art class, I encourage you to give it a try!

Happy Creating!  🙂

One Square Block

What do you see when you look at this block of wood?

One Square Block

It’s size is 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch square and almost 1 1/2 inch thick.

My first thought was the Charlie Brown comic strip and Lucy yelling, “You BLOCKHEAD!” at Charlie Brown.  LOL!

It also reminds me of an elderly lady that lived “around the block” from my childhood home.  My friends and I called her Grandma Johnson, although she was no relation to any of us!  I remember her treating us with cookies and occasionally stale marsh mellows when we stopped by her home to play with her pile of wood blocks.  She used the scrap wood to heat her old home which seemed a little odd to me as a child but I loved playing with those blocks!  🙂

Maybe it is these memories that sparked a creative idea in me when I saw a scrap block of wood recently.  I see many artistic possibilities!

What do you see?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

I hope you will join me for my Block party on my blog next Wednesday, July 22nd!  I will bring my “art” block for show and tell!  What will you bring?

Happy Creating!  🙂