Spring Is Just Around the Corner

Hi there. I’ve been away from blogging for a few months for various reasons, and I hope you have been happy and healthy. On Thanksgiving night we made an offer on a new home. The process of buying a new house, moving, and then selling our old home was much more time consuming than I remember when we moved 25 years ago, but I was much younger then. Actually, the selling of our old house was a breeze because my son and daughter-in-law, who are expecting our first grandchild, a boy, in just a few days, wanted to buy it. It’s been fun helping them get settled in their new home, and I know they will be very happy there as they start their family. We are quite eager to meet Baby Boy!

These pansies were painted following a negative watercolor tutorial taught by Viv Cooper of Art with Viv. I’ve been following her for many years on Facebook and Instagram. She is a patient, encouraging instructor and explains clearly her process, and she keeps us students laughing with her sense of humor and quick wit.

Pansies
Pansies

I’m looking forward to seeing what kinds of flowers pop up as the weather warms. Currently, daffodil leaves are poking through the soil, and I’m hoping that some of the dormant bushes and trees in our new yard are flowering types. Spring holds promises of rebirth of our world and surroundings, an I’m feeling very hopeful and blessed.

Draw A Bird Day, November 2020

Hi Friends. I have been enjoying our amazing fall weather and changing colors of the leaves. The squirrels are busy preparing for the colder weather, and the birds are always feasting at our feeders. Little finches like this one are numerous and constantly on the lookout for our neighborhood hawk and the cat from next door. Thank goodness the blue jays are so boisterous and squawk out their warning cries when danger is near.

Furtive Finch
Furtive Finch

I’ve been MIA from my blog for almost a month and have a lot of reading to catch up on. As if 2020 itself wasn’t bad enough, sadly we lost my dear father-in-law last month, and then we lost an uncle recently to Covid, so I just haven’t been in a creative mood. Sorry to be so glum, but I’m just being honest. Tell me how you’ve been; I’d love to hear how you are holding up. Sending virtual hugs to you all!

Berries and Branches

Sometimes I like to follow along with tutorials because then I don’t have to do so much planning. These berries and branches were inspired by a Skillshare class, and I plan to cut them down and make them into greeting card toppers.

Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches

I plan to get a lot of use out of Skillshare this fall and winter because of staying in more. It’s a great way to learn new things or just paint along for the fun of it.

Fourth Week Recap of World Watercolor Month

Charlie, the founder of Doodlewash and World Watercolor Month, has given us thought-provoking prompts this year; these are my interpretations for the fourth week. The paintings are not meant to be masterpieces. The point is to simply enjoy the process of painting and not worry about the end product so much.

Valuable - Love/Relationships
Valuable – Love/Relationships

I’m grateful to have such a wonderful quarantine partner, and I miss being with so many other family members and friends.

Alone - Male Betta Fish
Alone – Male Betta Fish

Evidently, male Bettas need to be kept apart or they become aggressive and fight. My niece, Katie, has a Betta named Dave πŸ™‚

Abundance – Corn

Generally, we have an abundance of corn in Ohio by now, but because of an extremely wet spring, corn is more precious this year. Freshly picked corn on the cob is a summertime treat!

Sharp - Pocket Knife
Sharp – Pocket Knife

As a kid, it seemed like my Dad’s pocket knife was magic. He could make or fix just about everything with it!

Favorite Song - Anything by The Monkees
Favorite Song – Anything by The Monkees

You probably already know how much I enjoy The Monkees and their music. This is their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Shine - Light Bulb
Shine – Light Bulb

Our neighbors have a string of Edison light bulbs on their deck, and they look so festive at night!

Complementary - Colors
Complementary – Colors

Complementary colors, like blue and orange, when placed side by side, create a pleasing contrast and enhance each other. When mixed, they cancel each other out and make a neutral color.

There are only three days left of the WWCM celebration. Thanks for stopping by, and please stay safe!

World Watercolor Month is an annual global charitable event featuring the ultimate challenge of 31 Watercolors is 31 Days!  Artists around the globe come together to paint the world with beautiful watercolor and help raise awareness for arts education to get art supplies for kids who need them.  If you want to know more or help deserving children get art supplies, please check out the official WWCM website here.

Third Week Recap of World Watercolor Month

Charlie, the founder of Doodlewash and World Watercolor Month, has given us thought-provoking prompts this year; these are my interpretations for the third week. The paintings are not meant to be masterpieces. The point is to simply enjoy the process of painting and not worry about the end product so much.

Forgotten - Rain Gear
Forgotten – Rain Gear

It’s a horrible thing to forget rain gear when it is pouring!

Machine - Screws
Machine – Screws

Most machines are held together by these.

Spontaneous - Ice Cream Run
Spontaneous – Ice Cream Run

On the spur of the moment, hopping in the car to get some ice cream!

Soft - Pillows
Soft – Pillows
Favorite Scent - Magnolia
Favorite Scent – Magnolia

Magnolia flowers emit an exhilarating, heady floral/citrus scent. I wish we had a magnolia tree in our yard.

Wiggle - Bobber
Wiggle – Bobber

We spent many hours as kids watching bobbers wiggle around in the lake, and it was so exciting when the tail end went vertical!

Organic - Mushrooms
Organic – Mushrooms

It seems that people either enjoy the taste of mushrooms or dislike them immensely. I rather enjoy them. How about you?

Thanks for stopping by, and please be well!

World Watercolor Month is an annual global charitable event featuring the ultimate challenge of 31 Watercolors is 31 Days!  Artists around the globe come together to paint the world with beautiful watercolor and help raise awareness for arts education to get art supplies for kids who need them.  If you want to know more or help deserving children get art supplies, please check out the official WWCM website here.

Second Week Recap of World Watercolor Month

Charlie, the founder of Doodlewash and World Watercolor Month, has given us thought-provoking prompts this year; these are my interpretations for the second week. The paintings are not meant to be masterpieces. The point is to simply enjoy the process of painting and not worry about the end product so much.

Even though 2020 has thrown us for a curve, thankfully World Watercolor Month is one event that wasn’t cancelled and has been a fun respite.

Fruit - Strawberry
Fruit – Strawberry

We’ve had some sweet ones lately.

Fast - Baseball
Fast – Baseball

Do you miss baseball? I don’t go to the games but miss them on TV or the radio. A baseball game is a sound of summer.

Round - Orange
Round – Orange
Favorite Place - The Beach
Favorite Place – The Beach

This is from a photo I took on Hilton Head in February, before the world went wacky.

Twisted - Pretzel
Twisted – Pretzel
Green - Cucumbers
Green – Cucumbers

Thanks for stopping by, and please be well!

World Watercolor Month is an annual global charitable event featuring the ultimate challenge of 31 Watercolors is 31 Days!  Artists around the globe come together to paint the world with beautiful watercolor and help raise awareness for arts education to get art supplies for kids who need them.  If you want to know more or help deserving children get art supplies, please check out the official WWCM website here.