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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Cheery Flowers


Feeling down with all that’s going on in the world. I’m worried about so many things and so many people. I tried starting a new crochet ๐Ÿงถ project, but couldn’t get into it. I waited for a thunderstorm to pass and then went to find my car. It was a dry storm so back to watering in the hopes of getting my hydrangeas to bloom this year. The painting above is of flowers on my front porch. The flowers are so happy. So painting them helped a bit. 

This painting just screams love and hope. 


I love peony buds. When they open they have such a peaceful presence. And they can be tough to pain when in bloom. Still working on that.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Back to Basics

Hello folks. Thank you new followers for checking in!!

My journey into loose watercolor has brought me back to the basics.


I found a similar painting as the one above on Pinterest. The artist demonstrated how she works the water and paint to create this effect. I thought, Yes!  If I can get used to using the paint and water together by letting the paint run, it would help build loose watercolor skills.


I decided to stay with sea life. It’s quick and very relaxing!!

Otherwise school is over for Miss M and now it feels like it’s just a day at a time until I see if the boys can get jobs. With so much unemployment I feel that the competition will be fierce. They both get support through vocational rehab though, so we’ll see.

Stay well!! ❤️

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Change...

I have been in love with the magic of watercolor painting since I was very young. Most of my life has been spent chasing this medium. And yes, in my 50s I am challenged again. After taking a Botanical painting class, I fell in love. It took many years of practice and then more years of raising my kids and not practicing. A near death experience and poof! I’m back in the saddle painting every day. Paintings hang on many walls and many more are piled and waiting for frames.

I am trying like crazy to learn loose watercolor painting. I watch many talented YouTuber artists who are generous enough to share their talents. I get discouraged when I can’t pull off a peony or a rose on loose watercolor but I am determined.

Here are some of my loose watercolor attempts with the help of YouTuber Emma Levebre.




And then today I reverted back to botanical painting to take a step back into the familiar. 
I found a version of this on Instagram. I love strawberries and it felt great to feel more at ease with painting. But I will continue my attempt to conquer loose watercolor!!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Love ❤️

Well it’s been, oh geez, four months since my last post. Working a lot, painting a lot, knitting a little and having no time to clean my house. By choice I suppose. I enjoy painting more.


This is one of my favorite mugs. This is loose watercolor, a medium I’m trying to master. It’s slow going and quite intimidating, but I keep trying. Working tonight and then to art class tomorrow. Will post more and soon. 

Spread the love ❤️ today!!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

What Will Survive the Deep Freeze?

I saw this little lady bug yesterday as I was soaking up the sun.  It was 85 F and it was just beautiful.

Then, around 5 pm, a huge wind storm struck with 50 mph winds swirling everything from its base.

I saved many of my potted annuals.  I wish these beautiful impatiens could hang on the pot rack all year!!
More impatiens, a potted hydrangea and the potted sweet potato vine, which isn't very happy.

And then there was snow. The upper picture is my Catalpa Tree, a gift from my mom.  I love these trees because they smell like honeysuckle for a few weeks in late spring.  Freezing rain fell before the snow.  I went out to check on the tree and touched one of the leaves.  It fell to the ground, frozen.  It's going to be a long winter before I find out if this tree will make it.

Well, enough complaining.  The sun is out and, as is normal in Colorado, it will be warmer and the snow will be gone by the weekend.

Ciao for now!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

More Autumn and then...........

With some success I have grown pumpkins this year.  All of a sudden, they appear with a surprise, then there are more hiding under their large leaves.  I planted them late, so they are not as large as I'd like them, but they will do.

Spaghetti squash, which I don't love to eat, but like pumpkins, are fun to grow.
This sweet potato is my favorite summer miracle.  It actually started growing inside because it sat on my kitchen counter for so long.  Then I placed it outside with my other plants for the rest of the summer.  I cut about 2/3 of the potato off and placed it in a pot to grow........hopefully.  The last few days have been HOT, but with freezing temps at night.  So I brought it inside.  The vine has weakened, but I have my fingers crossed.

I am not usually a fan of autumn.  I have gotten sick practically every year of my life at this time of year, with asthma and bronchitis.  I've often missed Halloween trick or treating, but I have fond memories of the few I was able to take part in.  But, this year is different because I am enjoying the changes; the cooler weather, and even the shorter days!!  Hmmmm.....


And because I've been enjoying fall so much, I have been learning how to paint pumpkins, courtesy of Emma Lefebvre (@emjlefebvre, Instagram).  She is the most amazing water color instructor! (Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj3EO1Bhcdg&t=608s)
I need a bit more practice, but I'm having fun.  Emma does loose watercolors, whereas I've been trained in botanical water color painting, which is very, very precise.  

A winter storm is headed this way this Thursday.  The high on Thursday may only be 30 F with a low of 13 F.  So I've covered as much as possible and brought annual pots in, as well as wrapped my new Catalpa tree, in the hopes that this very early freeze won't kill everything.

I haven't been knitting or crocheting much, as I've been so enjoying fall painting.  I tried my hand at Tunisian crochet, but my pieces keep coming out crooked!  Must research that.

Ciao for now!! ๐Ÿ˜

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Autumn

School has started and it's so busy.  In my free time I have been painting.  Today, courtesy of arty_pea on Instagram, I painted an autumn leaf branch.  arty_pea made it look so easy.  My photos are taken with my iPhone, so not the greatest photo quality.

I started the day on the back porch with my lovely flowers, which I wish would last forever.  They make me so happy.

Ah yes, and coffee, of course.  Then it got hot, up to 85 today, but there have been teases of fall.  Which reminds me, I need to go turn off the sprinkler!!  Bye for now.  More to come soon!!