Summer Retreat

Good Morning! With so much news to share, its been really challenging for me to choose which topic to begin with since my return from summer break.   Summer Summer?  Yes, well,  it is a wild and wet, brisk, winter here in Perth. Refreshing, shall we say. But it is summer, in Seattle.   TheContinue reading “Summer Retreat”

From The Sea to Watercolors and, Beyond

The Sea and its aqua tinted beaches, is a place of inspiration for most of us.  And whether we are physically there or not, we can enjoy the sense of  ‘being’ there. We can go  beyond the limitations of having to actually be somewhere to reap the benefits.   The Sea From the beaches south, downContinue reading “From The Sea to Watercolors and, Beyond”

…a few of my favorite things (palette knife & cobalt teal)

I don’t think it comes as a big surprise. Most of you,  probably felt certain you’d see cobalt teal blue pop up here! As well as,  my handy PK1008 palette knife.       Favorite Things in Art   For me,  both the palette knife and Cobalt Teal Blue …. are pure delight.   ProvidingContinue reading “…a few of my favorite things (palette knife & cobalt teal)”

Watercolors Rescued… from the bin

A moment of despair.  It didn’t go as planned. The result was not what was expected, wanted, desired. And so, it was crumpled. Torn. Thrown away.  Discarded. How many times, how many ways, how many things does this relate to? I wonder. We often panic too soon it seems.     Rescues Both of theseContinue reading “Watercolors Rescued… from the bin”

How Much Do You Paint?

“No, I don’t really paint, as much as I used to do, ”  was my response the other day. I wished I’d had a camera to capture all those expressions from my group, right then!   You could see a million things running through their minds. Shock.  Say it isn’t so. How is that, possible?   But….Continue reading “How Much Do You Paint?”

Color of Imagination…. Purple 9

So much fun to be had with the color purple. Our imaginations take flight more so, with this one magic and mysterious color. And, at last,  the left brain….takes a seat.   “What,  IF….”  is the dominant theme with 9  “purple, violet, magenta, lilac, lavender”  images below. No rules, just play.       MagicContinue reading “Color of Imagination…. Purple 9”

Cobalt Teal Blue: Stages of Art

  “We arrive totally new at the various stages of life and there we often lack experience despite the number of our years.” Francoise de La Rochefoucauld VI  1613  French writer     In Stages I think his quote sums up our experience with painting, art, as well.   Every time we think we attainContinue reading “Cobalt Teal Blue: Stages of Art”

Zen Stroll: Watercolor Tree Inspirations

Can we lower blood pressure in under 5 minutes?  A soft smile upon our faces? And, can we  be Ready for the day?  Calm morning strolls, no matter how short, are perfect.  Perfect for refreshing, for inspiring. For gaining new insights.   The Zen Strolls My Zen Strolls began a few years ago, with the instructionsContinue reading “Zen Stroll: Watercolor Tree Inspirations”

A New Innocence

The Sleepwalkers. Its an old book, really old, 1959. Yet, I find it immensely compelling. The author, Arthur Koestler.   Who? …. nope, never heard of him. That’s alright, neither had I.  But, just read this:   “Every Creative Act involves a new innocence of perception liberated from the cataract of accepted belief.” Arthur Koestler,    TheContinue reading “A New Innocence”