Friday, September 15, 2017

More Color inspiration

Sometimes it is intentional, sometimes it is a happy accident, but generally my art is inspired by the photos I take of nature. Even if I am not painting the flowers or the fields, those things inspire my art, and here you can see the connection....

Friday, September 8, 2017

How did it get to be Friday already?

This week I have been working on something altogether different. I did the first painting below about a week or so ago ...

"Twilight"... sold

I was also considering doing a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, mostly to be able to keep working in a series again, and see what develops. I was on the fence about even committing (to myself). I considered so many choices of themes to follow. Here's a few I considered:

30 days of: 
πŸ„ creating icons (to use to design fabric in photoshop)
🌸 painting quotes
🌈 painting more abstract watercolors
 πŸ‘šmaking paper dolls 
 πŸš—map making
 πŸ”«painting quilt squares
🌳 painting acrylic fantasy worlds; "brillawhistle"
πŸ¦„ painting kid illustrations for prints and icons 
🐳nursery art
🐷30 animalcharacters or
πŸ₯one character 30 ways
πŸ¦‰30 watercolor owls for prints or icons 
🐝 30 bees in 30 different mediums
πŸ“šcreating a picture book
πŸ¦‹ painting 30 butterflies or bugs
🐒 felt animal ornaments
⚗️ 30 mini shadow boxes in tins
🏡 mandalas 
🐾mini painted collections
πŸ‚ botanicals
🍁30 watercolors all in violet hematite 
πŸ€ 30 paintings in limited 5 color palette 
🐌 a Sketch a day of my day
🐚30 days of Painting what I am thankful for
⚗️30 things in jars
🦊30 monsters 
🐟 30 fish
🍭30 tea cups 
🍰 30 recipes
🌱30 birds
πŸ₯ fairies
πŸ‘30 rock paintings
πŸ’œ30 days of German folk art
πŸ’š30 Patterns
πŸ™‚30 Product designs
✨creating a Tarot card a day
🌺creating a Motivational card a day
πŸ’™30 carved Rubber stamps
😊30 Lino prints
⚗️Monoprints/gel prints
🌱30 painted Ways to find small magic prints/book
πŸŒ™30 Faces
🐭Whole body characters
🌈30 Illustrated poems/nursery rhymes/fables

Well, then I got so many positive comments on the above piece that without really deciding I dove in and started doing a sort of mid century look/ cabin in the woods watercolor a day!


"4:00 pm light"



So all these are 6x6 and originals will soon be listed in my Etsy shop for $28 each. Prints may eventually be listed but may take a while. 

More to come.....
Thanks for stopping by

Friday, September 1, 2017

This summer in the garden....

Earlier this summer I made elderflower cordial from a recipe given to me by a fellow instagramer... and then recently when the elderberries ripened early I made a jar of elderberry syrup.... I had fun this summer using all the berries we had or picked.  I made black berry cobbler and strawberry rhubarb pie, strawberries and cream, and would have made more but my older son was still at home then and ate the last quart of berries plain I think. 

I did a bunch of sketches of flowers from the fields around me.....

My husband and I made the garden sign we have been thinking about creating for a few years now.... it has all the places we (Our kids or either of us) have lived or stayed for a week or so. All pointing the actual compass direction. 

The garden did amazingly well with our wet July.... too many cukes and zuchinni to use actually. I have made canned zuchinni bread and regular zuchinni bread, and 12 quarts of pickles....
Our next project will be salsa with all the tomorrows that are ripening... but that will be another post. 
Happy paint party Friday, and Labor Day!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Art in hearts

Hello, it is Friday already..... time is flying!
I did the 100 day project earlier this year, which for me just means I tried to create a watercolor every day for 100 days. I used the hash tag #100daysofjoyouswatercolor on instagram to post them. I  really just had fun and it wasn't about obligation or forcing myself to create it was about finding the joy in it. I missed a few days here and there but I have kept going after 100 and now I have so much art I haven't posted here on my blog. That is how the rainbow rice, and the fried egg art cane about. And it is also how these heart quotes came about... one piece leads to further exploration just for the sake of exploration!!! Then, you have this large body of work to either ignore, or to pick and choose from as far as which direction to head in next. This lettering has been really fun for me... and I have gotten offers to do wedding gifts (which I will post after the wedding) !
It is all fun stuff!!!! So here are a bunch of the photos.... see you all next week or before!

And here are my designs that I mentioned last week finally on the delivery van!!!! How cool is that?!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Inspiration everywhere

So much beautiful floral inspiration from my yard this year.... if only I had time to paint them all. But I did just complete these floral swags as a commission for a friends website! I can't wait to see them used. Some I did earlier for her business cards are even going on her delivery van! So cool!
Check it out here!