Friday, July 1, 2016

Paint Party Friday/Barn

Today is Paint Party Friday  and I have finished up a promised painting.  It began on fresh paper months ago.  I took it to a point, and had to step away to wait for inspiration to put the last brush strokes on.  I'm happy with "The Evan's Barn."  It is going to a gallery art shop in Aurora, Oregon.  It's hard to let go of something that came from within like this barn.  This is a new step for give what I do for the public to see.  It's a new day.

Here is the barn painting unfinished.


I used my favorite colors: Perylene Maroon, Quin Gold, and Idanthrone Blue.  These are not colors that are commonly used but they are colors that I keep going back to when I want richness of tones.

I hope your week ahead is filled with peace, joy, love, and be! 
Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, June 17, 2016

It goes on.....

This is wedding season, and I am a florist in trade.  When I'm not working I am either at home enjoying the garden, watercolor painting, cooking, doing chores or interacting with family and friends.  There never seems to be a dull moment! This past week was full of flowers and a couple of weddings! I want to share a "new" to me rose that is simply beautiful and flawless. It is called "blueberry." We had to special order it and it is one I won't forget!
As you can see the color is intense and leans towards the blue side of hot pink. 
The wedding this rose is used in has a very bright palette but also a soft side using sweet pale peach spray roses for the wristlets.
One more stunning spray rose that came in this week and used for designing is here: Brilliant Stars
In my opinion this is a stand alone rose, in other words nothing more is needed to make it look any prettier.  It has the soft ruffle edge with a hint of green, and finished off with the pink center.  A bride could just order a bunch, wrap them with a bow and viola!

To change the focus, but still in the creative realm,  I am sharing my Paint Party Friday favorite for the week. 
My sketchbook work is coming along, and providing so many opportunities to work quickly as well as having fun doing it!  For this days work I chose a trip out to the garden to pull up some heirloom radishes.  They were so pretty in shape and color. 

Each day this week I've done a quick sketch.  The 30 Challenge is a challenge in finishing one page a day!  The other gals that are participating have agreed that we don't have to have them all painted but just to work on them as we can over this month.  The 30 Day Challenge is a result of a class taken from Leslie Fehling

I find that having a goal helps me progress and keeps me motivated.  How about you?

Happy Friday, Happy weekend, and Happy Day!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Quick sketching.....30 day challenge.

After taking the Sketching Journal class with Leslie Fehling, I agreed to do a thirty day challenge, which consists of doing a quick sketch each day for thirty days.  This is day two and the subject revolves around what is planted in my garden.  The sketches took seconds to draw, after I created the boxes.  When drawing the boxes I didn't know what would go into each one.  I simply walked outside, and began drawing what is in one herb pot, and included my raised garden area.
Each day will be a different and certainly not all of them will be a two page spread. 

Watercolor sketching is quite different that pure watercolor painting.  It's more playful and less concerned about getting every detail painted exactly as seen.  Painting a picture can be playful too, but a bit more thought goes into it than in a sketchbook. 
I hope to improve my drawing skills and have a wonderful book of memories to look back on when it's done.  Another aspect of journaling is writing the story of what the sketch is about, and I have not quite gotten to that, yet.
This kind of art is exactly what I felt was needed in my everyday creative pursuits.  It fills that need to express life through color and marks on paper.  I'm grateful for the new found skill that helps me go forward and continue to art play! 
Happy Paint Party Friday!  Thanks to all of you who visit and comment.  It is a great encourager!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


This week is about making a Zentangle on a round beach rock.  After a week of working on Sketchbook Journaling, I have a new found appreciation for Zentangle art. 
There are lots of books that encompass this style of creativity, and the most popular are the adult coloring books.  My aim in using it is to come up with ideas that come from within me and not rely on other's patterns so I'm staying away from the coloring books for now.
This rock was under painted with white acrylic paint, let dry and then the design was applied with a permanent marker. The surface is bumpy and irregular on the rock, but otherwise pretty easy to work on. 
In future weeks I'll be developing this kind of design into my sketch book's and will be happy to share more! 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Watercolor Sketchbook Journaling

Last week I was in Boone, North Carolina taking a sketchbook watercolor journaling workshop at Cheap Joe's.  Leslie Fehling was our instructor and she did a fabulous job at presenting, encouraging and teaching!  The class spent five days engulfed in the art of sketchbook journaling and now have the needed understanding of how to approach it.  First of all I learned that I can do it, and it doesn't matter if is isn't perfect!  Refreshing approach! 

Below is the book I chose to start journaling in: Stillman & Birn Beta Series Sketchbook, 7in. x 10in. wire bound book.  Made especially for Mixed Media and easy to work in.  It was suggested by our teacher, Leslie Fehling. 
      Stillman & Birn Beta Series Sketchbooks 7 in. x 10 in. wire bound 25 sheets    One assignment was to choose six pieces of "cute" candy and lay it on our table top.  We were instructed to draw seven windows on a sketchbook page, using one for the title (Candy).  In the first box we were to take 60 seconds and quickly draw one piece of candy, second box take 60 seconds, third 45 seconds, fourth 30 seconds, fifth 30 seconds, and sixth 15 seconds.  The point was to draw quickly, using minimal lines.  After that was done we used our Micron permanent ink pens to outline and then painted.  After the painting was done we added corner embellishments and borders. 
This is a simple page but isn't it fun?  My hope it to grow this idea of journaling and expand how I use it to fill the creative space in my life.  I invite you to go over to Leslie Fehling's blog and see all that she has done with journaling and watercolor.  Her books are full of life, charm and expression.  They are also filled with her life and feed the soul!  I can't recommend her teaching enough! 

Taking a workshop at Cheap Joe's in Boone, North Carolina was a treat.  Each day we were spoiled with gifts, and good food. Joe Miller the owner of Cheap Joe's came into our class several times to enliven, and encourage.  He took us on a tour of the business, too.  There is a lot to operating, and maintain a business that caters to walk in customers, as well as on-line ordering. 

Thank you, Leslie, for an amazing class!  I'm still relishing in the new found instruction that has opened up my watercolor experience.  It is going to improve my drawing and painting skills, besides give me focus on daily awareness of my surroundings.  I'm simply grateful!  I can't wait for another class!! 

North Carolina is a beautiful state and one I'd like to return to.

Countryside of Boone, NC.

All this to say, Happy Paint Party Friday,  keep on painting, creating and having fun at the same time!  Thank you Kristin and Eva! 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Color study

The study of color is fascinating.  I don't feel confident about what to use in a picture unless I understand how the colors go together, and harmonize. 
The study below is using transparent colors. Not all watercolor is transparent.
 It's kind of hard to see but the large strips of color are:
Lemon, Rose Madder, Cobalt, Veridian green, Gamboge, Scarlett Lake, Phthalo Blue and Burnt Sienna.  The smaller strips of paint are the same colors laid against the large strips to show what happens when the colors are overlapped. 

I've worked up a couple of paintings using another persons designs and didn't come close to doing them justice. I would give the artists credit but I haven't a clue who they are. They came from an artists magazine.  The paintings were fun to do as a study in vibrant color. 

I learned from an artist a few years back to paint little squares of color on the paper with the color palette I am using.  It's handy for remembering and for future painting reference.

That's it for this weeks Paint Party Friday, hosted by Kristin and Eva.  Take a look at all the other artists work!

I will be absent for a couple of weeks but will be back after that.  I have been gone for the past two weeks, too.  I'm not so good at getting things prepared ahead of time. I also don't know how to join the party ahead of time and schedule the post?  Advice? 
 I'll share about my adventures when I return! 
Have a great couple of weeks! 

Friday, April 8, 2016

An Eric Carle kind of art for Paint Party Friday with our grand Ninja boy!

 For a couple of days this week our grandson came to spend time with us. He loves to do "art projects" and sometimes I don't know what we'll do until we start doing it!   
We read a book by Eric Carle earlier in the day, so we proceeded to use his art as our guide.  Eric Carle is known for his painted paper and scissor cut designs.  We didn't paint any paper but simply cut colored paper into shapes and pasted them on a larger piece of paper.  Good to go! 

Our boy broke his arm a couple of weeks ago.  It was just something that happens when kids jump from things.  He is healing and isn't jumping from anything while here.  It is quite amazing how kids adapt to a mishap because it didn't slow him down. 
 Pretty sweet to see what the finished product became!  I love it! 

Below is the picture I made from cut paper.  Together we created something inspired by Eric Carle and had fun doing it!

 .....and then we moved on to Lego's!  Need I say more? 
There were several jaunts outside and some goat feeding.  Our goat, Professor, is always happy for  company and a few carrots! 
Did you know that goats don't have upper teeth?  There is a lot of crunching, and chewing noises going on, so somehow they are able to eat just fine.  If they nibble on your fingers there is no harm done. 

What else did we find?  Frogs! 
For some reason we have seen more frogs in the past two weeks than ever. 
This yellow frog jumped out from the path of our lawn mower!  So glad he did.....and he isn't small either. 
I can't locate the species name but will stay at it until I do.  It is a new one to us.

 The Brown Oregon Spotted Frog showed up under a plastic pond form, and then there was.......
.....another one, in a different location.  We checked on them many times this day.  They are both named Fred. Fred, the second, is in a window well, where it is quite dry, so we took him water.  He jumped in the container and there he stays. I've been flushing the water each day since then.  I hope he knows how to get out of the window well?  He seems rather satisfied with his environment. 
That's it for my week! 
Happy Paint Party Friday and Happy weekend!!