Sunday, January 18, 2015

January what?

Seriously. The calendar says it is January 18, 2015. Am I the only person who has "WHAT????" ricocheting in the grey matter between the ears?

Now that I am a little bit more settled, I have been catching up with some of my online world. Among the places I have visited is my Etsy Blogging Business Artisans group where inspiring monthly challenges are posted - just in case we need a nudge to create or write something.

*cough* Wake up call!
Welcome to January's challenge:

January - Goals or hopes for the New Year
What do you hope to accomplish this year? What are you looking forward to doing in 2015? Do you have plans to travel some place exciting, move to a new home/city or how about get a kitten? Will you be taking your shop in new directions? Let us know or give us a hint of your year to come!

Can I possibly get a little "class credit" for some stuff I did last year??? Bwahahahaha!

Travel plans? I racked up a lot of miles traveling from my previous home to my current home.... That should count for something!
Move to a new home/city? Done! I can smartly check that off the list and I have the boxes to prove it.
Get a kitten? Well - no, I didn't get a kitten, but I did move two cats (and the rest of the zoo) and I have a friend who got two new kittens... Okay, maybe only partial credit for that one.
Will you be taking your shop in new directions? Yes. Open would be good... My little Etsy shop has been on vacation since I began the slow moving move. Some of my art supplies have surfaced, though, and I have done a little, tiny bit of painting. *whew* Finally!
Let us know or give us a hint of your year to come! Unpacking boxes? Seems like someone did say that I really should write what was in the boxes somewhere on the outside of the box...

Okay, really - at the top of my list for 2015 is this:

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
Psalm 27:4

Sharing the beauty of God and His creation has always been my goal - and it remains my goal for this year, too.

What will all the rest of 2015 hold? I will have to wait and see what the Lord unfolds before me. Just like one flower petal opening at a time, some things can't be rushed - nor should they be rushed!


PS - Thanks to Sharla at Beaded Tail for the "nudge" to share my thoughts for 2015!

Monday, January 12, 2015


Remember this little painting? Welcome back to the continuing saga of "what color will I glaze with next"???

And, the answer is.... warming up with a bit of quinacridone rust!

But, it wasn't quite right either, because now the background was too... too... "solid".  soooo....

I lifted some of the background color. Ummmm.... Looks like puffy clouds or fuzzy something...

Speaking of puffy clouds - we had some. And some rain, too. When it rained, the garden woke up! Last week it was freezing (literally) and this week it is blooming.

Love these iris! They smell as lovely as they look. This will show up in a painting, soon!

But, for now, something needs to be done to those weird clouds in my little painting. At this point, what do I have to loose? On with the cadmium yellow!

Hmmm... not nearly enough color... more!

Getting closer! Things are warming up a bit! Or maybe it was the radish break...

Did you know that if you let icicle radishes go to seed in your garden, the squash bugs will leave your zucchini alone? We have no squash bugs! Well... okay. We have no zucchini either because it froze. Completely. I can say that we have a lot of icicle radishes... and they are HOT! Maybe that's why it is warming up around here. *cough* Pass me a glass of water, please!!!

And a paint brush - I'm splashing a little quinacridone gold on there and reaching for a pen to sign this little painting!

Ahhhh! Now off to admire the Christmas tree once more. Yes, I know it is the January 12th. Haven't you ever heard of the 12 Days of January???

Happy Monday!


Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

Friday, January 9, 2015

Funtry Friday splashes!

Oh. You thought it was rain? Ummm.... No. It was cloudy this morning, though. No rain... and I'm sure you don't want to know how warm it was either - especially if you are digging your way out of a multitude of snowdrifts!

Back to splashes - this Funtry Friday I revisited my little painting of the cone flower. I told you that it would change a lot... haha - are you ready?

Today I had fun with some watercolor glazes. First I decided to tone down the background a little bit.

Then, after it dried, I decided that the background still wasn't right - maybe warm it up a bit? Oh, and fix that one lopped off petal! Argh!

The, the dogs were all excited over something... quite possibly the fact that I stood up with a camera in my hand. Why did I think they would pose for a group photo???

Well... maybe this is their idea of a group photo!

Back to painting! At this point, I decided that I hate the background. Bwahahaha! *cough* Welcome to the "ugly stage" of creating - that place where any color might be possible and the name of the game is "wonder what will happen if...."

Well, here is "if" number one...

Whoopsie! By far not enough of a change to make me even think about liking this little painting. Hmmm.... dumpster or dynamite?

So much for my idea to practice "negative painting"! But, saying goodbye to the background shapes did make me happy.

If you think that was all the dynamite color applied to this little painting, guess again - and stay tuned! As a hint - there were quite a few more changes to this little painting!

Hope you had some splashes of fun in your corner of the country! Happy Funtry Friday!


But let all who take refuge in You be glad, 
Let them ever sing for joy
And may You shelter them, 
That those who love Your name may exult in You.
Psalm 5:11

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year!

Here we are - the first Sunday in 2015! This week I finaly "got my brushes wet" and started a little painting. I decided to work with watercolor pencils and watercolor together - just for fun.

Here is the beginning...

Don't let the pale colors decieve you. Once you get the watercolor pencils wet, the color is much more vibrant. If you use an artist grade watercolor pencil, you can also move the color around just like watercolor paint. You can even use a wet brush on the tip of the pencil to pick up some color. Oh, yes - those pencils are fun!

(*cough*  I could show you how intense the colors become when water is added, except I got really excited about adding some washes of color to the background that I forgot to take a photo... so....)

Here is the little painting after adding a bit of color to the background.

Definitely very much a work in progress - and no doubt it will have a LOT of significant changes as I try a little of this and that - "just to see what happens" as a friend says. Unpredictability is an exciting part of painting with watercolor!

One great way to jump start your creativity, is to try something new - like watercolor pencils. Another is to do something fun - or funny. A friend of mine shared this little exercise on facebook. It sounded fun - and simple.

Step one. Draw a box 5 inches square. Now fill the box with as many animals as you can draw in five minutes.
Step two. Draw a box 5 inches square and spend five minutes letting all the critters out of the box.

Lots of possibilities! This is what mine looks like.

Step one on the left, step two on the right.

There you go - a little frenzy of sketching fun. I admit, though - I did take a little longer than five minutes. I was too lazy to set a timer... Hey - and I still color outside the lines!

Happy creating!

God bless you all in 2015,

I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 34:1
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