Volunteer Park

This afternoon while the kids were taking a Kung Fu class at Volunteer Park I grabbed my camera and went hunting for flowers. I found them, a bee and my kids. I sat on the cool grass watching bees and got on my stomach to look at the petals from different angles. It slowed me…

Cut the Painting

I took my inspiration today from a book on watercolor. Play with color in broad strokes then cut the painting in pieces and re assemble. I used an old newspaper for my background and used dark colors. Next time I’d like to use white paper and lighter colors so I can draw something over the…

Fear

As I’ve mentioned before, my writing class is focusing on the ‘Hero’s Journey.’ The exercise this week was a doozy and frankly, I didn’t want to do it. I did it anyway. The homework? “What kind of fears have you had to face.” There’s more to it but that’s the gist. So sit back, it’s…

Spider Moon

Someone dear to me calls this time of year Spider Moon – the gradient fade from summer to fall when the spiders come out in droves, their webs everywhere you turn. I’ll write a poem someday and name it that but not today. Out on my front porch a spider has hung it’s hat, so…

Flower

This morning on my walk I walked a little too close to some flowers. I had a good stride going, my arm went back, my arm came forward, arm back, arm forward except this time in my hand, was a perfectly plucked flower. I didn’t mean to pick a bud from someone’s foliage. Tomorrow I…

Bookmarks

A long while back in one of my earlier posts I’d made magnetic bookmarks for each of my kiddos. They’ve been used and abused, mostly abused. Today at work some flimsy cardboard came across my desk and I thought it was a great opportunity to have a second go with the idea. I scored the…

ICE Resin

Tonight I took a class on using resin. I’ve been curious about it for a long time and happened upon a class teaching it at a bead store and thought, ‘why not?’ I like this resin because it’s not toxic. The pictures did not turn out well and I couldn’t take the pieces home because…

Beauty

Woe to anyone who crossed me today because I was cranky. And for no good reason. Which only made me crankier. I took the dog for a walk and noticed my feet aching (curse you boot camp!) and my lagging energy and all the happy people cavorting around the park while I grumped around inside…

Bag Dryer

I know. Bag dryer? I saw one once at a friend’s and that’s what popped up for me after dinner when my mind was saying, ‘I don’t have anything in me to do!’ So I asked Quinton if I could have one of his wood blocks and drilled holes the size of tiny dowels I…

Waterfall

It’s been a full day that began with an intense workout at boot camp which began at 6:30 and is ending with me, sitting on the couch with no idea what creative thing I should do. I’ll put this away for 10 minutes and go play around in Illustrator and see what I can come…

Light

There was something about the light today that captivated me. I noticed it first thing this morning when the sun caught my eye because of how it shone through my grape leaves. Busy doing something else, I forgot to come back right away with my camera. By the time I remembered to go back the…

Sewing and Collage

Quinton was a companion for much of my post today. I mentioned to him that I should make a dog chew toy out of fleece. “OK. Let’s do it right now.” Before I mentioned this, I’d had a vision of stripping off my grass and weed filled clothes (from working in the garden) and taking…

Pet Post

It being a beautiful day outside I ran around with my animal pack (there are currently 5 animals in my house) and camera and got down on my belly, my side, my knees and took at least one photo of each pet. The tiny black beauty is Roxie and I found her for my mother-in-law.…

Postcard Duex

I spent some quiet time tonight working on more post card collages. I began by stamping several images on tracing paper. It’s thin and almost translucent which looks nice on the watercolor wash I did for the background. While the watercolor dried I began coloring in two of the stamped images. Slow, meditative coloring. Then…

Bee

I found myself with a little alone time today and took my camera out for some play time. I got flowers against wood, a chain on a log, a heron nesting on a tree. But most of my time I spent sitting by a cluster of flowers that made a feast for some fat bumblebees,…

Zen Chatting

My younger brother is visiting Seattle and he came over for dinner. The evening got late but I didn’t want to leave the conversation so I pulled out my sketch pad and did some zentangle¬† meandering on the page while chatting with him. Goodnight.

Postcard

I’m doing a collage on a postcard to send to a friend. I started with a watercolor wash for the background and then a fun translucent paper I had and the images of friends that I drew onto tracing paper. There’s a serious absence of fun mail these days and I hope this brightens a…

Wool Bag

I’d seen this idea a while back and bought two old wool sweaters from Goodwill. I’d washed and dried them repeatedly so they’d shrunk. And they’ve been sitting in my fabric basket for a long time. Today, for some reason, this project called to me. Simple to do. Cut the arms off, sew the bottom…

Salt

Tonight I played with broad wet strokes of watercolor and then added salt. I’ve heard of this but have never done it. There is a ‘magic’ time for when to add it, I got the timing right in some sections but not others. The other purpose of this was seeing how wetting the paper first…