Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Bella Grace and Creative Living

Watercolor - 11x15

Bella Grace is a beautiful magazine publication I recently discovered while shopping for art supplies. They state that they are 'devoted to discovering the magic in the ordinary and to touch the souls of their readers through beautifully penned stories and striking photographs that capture life's beautiful adventure.'

I found that their statement of beliefs could not only be applied to life in general but also to art in particular:

- There is beauty and magic to be found everywhere - in our daily lives we are surrounded by wonderful inspiration for our art

- It is ok to embrace imperfection - especially true when painting with the spontaneous and unpredictable medium of watercolor 

- Life should be lived with a full heart and open eyes - art makes us aware of the beauty around us, warms our hearts and feeds our souls

- An ordinary life can be extraordinary - art in any form enriches our lives on a daily basis

Monday, January 16, 2017

Art With Heart Monday - Free Watercolor Printable!

                                    Free Watercolor Printable!

                                            'Let Love Bloom'

To celebrate the new look for my newsletter and blog I am offering this free 5x7 watercolor print from my original painting PEACH BLOSSOMS. Just download, print, trim and it is ready to slip in a frame to display for yourself or to give as a gift. Enjoy!

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Creative Living - Art in the Kitchen

There are endless ways to be creative in our everyday lives and both of our daughters spent a lot of time in the kitchen preparing treats and baking cookies to give the family as gifts for Christmas. Mixing the dough, rolling and cutting out shapes, coloring the frosting and adding the final decorations to the cookies - when was the last time you were an artist in your kitchen?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fun Friday - Sunflower Watercolor Collage

Watercolor Collage - 15x15

Speaking of Fun Friday I had SO much fun when I made this collage painting of sunflowers. I used sections from some of my unwanted watercolor paintings and tore different shapes to use for the sunflower petals and leaves. Because it is hard to totally control the tearing it allows you to create interesting shapes and raw edges that you would not get if you used scissors.

I glued all of the shapes to a piece of 140b watercolor paper that already had shades of blue and purple that were perfect for the look of a sky behind the flowers. Building up layers of shapes creates depth and design interest and I decided to go with purple for the centers of the sunflowers because - why not?

I read somewhere that collage is the perfect creative art form because it takes us back to our childhood where we were free to tear paper and use glue!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Watercolor & Words Wednesday - SERENITY PRAYER PRINTABLE

Instant Download Printable - 8x10

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the Serenity to accept 
the things I cannot change,
The Courage to change the things I can
and the Widsom to know the difference

Reinhold Niebuhr