Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Piping Plover again

Working on my painting of the Piping Plover... I just love this little bird that makes a depression in the sand and lays it's eggs... actually the male makes the nest and decorates it for his mate.She then picks out the best nest...:).. love it
In all the photos I have seen , each nest is different... so they have very creative plovers out there.... some use shells..others use seaweed... and others use just debris of all kinds..
They have no other protection..just out in the open.. no wonder they are on the endangered species list...




Wednesday, July 21, 2010

basket inspiration



I got a basket from a dear friend for my birthday this week.. I just love it...and thought I would do a painting of it... this is my idea... and sketch... I thought a little wren would look good sitting on it.. I love the textures... you just never know what will inspire you to paint a picture... :)...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bouquets of Life



I love the farmer's market bouquets...and I so love to pick bouquets of Flowers, whether it be wild weeds by the roadside....or those special ones in the garden. I love to bring them inside and keep them where I can look at them ...they delight my heart...and fill my soul with beauty...

Just like today... I made a bouquet with the things I did and the people I saw. I got up early, had tea and read my Bible... the flowers of God's word delighted my soul. I then picked time to worship at church, singing songs of Christ. Then off to deliver a gift to a friend, meeting many friends on the way, each one a special flower in my bouquet. Returning home to listen to music and paint something that was on my mind and heart. That completed my bouquet for the day..I was satisfied.

Life has its bouquets everyday... they are there to be picked and enjoyed..
Pick a bouquet tomorrow and enjoy every moment.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Blogging



This Blogging thing has become just an amazing sea of terrific creativity.. I just love looking at other people's Blogs... I find them while looking for birds, flowers...and cooking ... I only wish I could do a better job of designing mine. I find Blogs with music.and. with links that take you all around the world...



The photography is just beautiful..and the adventures, the things people do are just wonderful to discover... I just found out there is a blog Magazine.. wow was that cool... well... I have to work everyday...so I don't have time to spend here. I use it like a bulletin board... just stick up what I have done... and say a few words... my thoughts...and send it out... fun :)...


I had to make a card tonight... so I thought I would put it up here... I usually make all my cards... every time I look at the price of cards... I put it back...and say ... I will make one... I still like sending cards in the mail...



well.. all you bloggers out there....thanks for sharing your life..and your creative stuff... it sure brings joy to read them... and see your creative abilities..
keep up the good blogging...:)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Place cards



Today I had off...so I worked on some place cards for a friend that is having a bridal shower. I thought I would do summer flowers... it was fun to do.. I was glad I was inside..outside was really hot and humid...



I invited myself over to my daughters... told her I would plant her rose bush... she was delighted..When I got there, I found a shelf full of gorgeous homemade jellies and jam.. it was such lovely colors... I had to take a few pictures... I even got to try the mint jelly , which is the green one :)



While out in the yard I had to take a picture of the sunflower blooming in the garden..it was just perfect... I think their leaves and flower heads are just wonderful ... I love to paint them.



We got the rose bush planted and snug in the ground... and I went home with a huge bag of Zucchini... it's that time of year when you just have too much Zucchini..



Thanks Heather... the meal was great, and the company always a terrific treat ... you are truly a Prov. 31 woman!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Good Book



I just finished reading a great book.... Refractions by Makoto Fujimura. He is a craftsman, an artist and a writer.. His book was so inspiring...I had to copy many quotes..and thoughts...and will get my own copy soon to write in it...Makoto lives in N.Y.C....and was honored for being World Magazine's Daniel of the Year in 2005. That should make you want to find out more about him....



These are some of the ideas I wrote down for myself... "creating art opens my heart to see and listen to the world around me"..... Consider the Nuances around you...my role as an artist begins by observing the details of life around me.."... this I find so true... I love to study the tiny things.. like how leaves are attached to the stem,... or the shape of clouds.. the texture of grass... etc...



"Beauty is in the brokenness ... Beauty is in the incomplete gestures..".. I find the lost and found edges are the most beautiful in a painting... now think about that idea in life itself... lost and found edges..



"To see the extraordinary in the ordinary"... this I what I look for... and have fun painting.. .. and this statement... " we must as artists somehow bring eternal grace into our art.. so others can experience it...
If you are an artist... this book will really encourage you and make you think deeply about how and why you create...let me know if you read it...

Monday, July 5, 2010

Pleinair today


Had off today...and it was a gorgeous bluesky, hot but a little breeze. I packed my watercolor bag, filled up some water bottles... sprayed on bug juice and headed for the back field....

I have to go through a wooded area..and through a fence... which opens up into a gorgeous field of golden grass, surrounded by trees... it was like going through the wardrobe in the Narnia books.... the field was so peaceful..only the sounds of birds, crickets...and wind.... oh... and I had the whole day to paint...

Even the smell was grass.. the Queen Anns lace was streching high... and the red wing black birds were entertaining me with songs...

The little shack I painted was a donkey shed once.. donkeys were kept in these fields long ago... now it is a sanctuary of peace... a lovely place...
I also took off to the art garden...but even though it was a lovely place... I did not find it as inspiring as the field....
I was glad to finally get out and paint... hope to do more this summer.... want to come with me?... it sure is relaxing!