Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday Watercolors #5

It has been a long time since my last watercolor post.  I was so busy that I didn't have much time to watercolor for a month or so.  I've finally made some time to paint so it's time to share! 

My Mom and I are Texans by birth and we both love Blue Bonnets.  I thought I would paint some for Mom for Mother's day back in May.
This is one of several attempts and I never felt like any of them came out well enough to frame for Mom.  
I'll keep trying.  It was my first time trying to paint 'for someone' and it was hard.  Higher expectations I guess.
This painting had me feeling better and so I've been painting more in June.
This was inspired by an online tutorial
As was this.  I must admit I'm starting to see some progress in my painting.
One of the teachers I follow had a online coupon for free shipping from an art supply store.  I decided to buy three brushes that were on sale.  
These are Silver Black Velvet brushes.  A combination of synthetic and sable.
WOW!  I really love these brushes.  So when you start out and they tell you to buy the best brushes you can, they really do make a difference.
Pink Poppy from a tutorial and tried using a scraper for texture. 

I'm also trying to expand my color palette and try other things besides my pinks!  This is my latest painting done yesterday.

I find that painting is relaxing to me.  I also find that I like to 'doodle' while on the phone.  I can sit down at my table and use up the paints on my palette randomly.  
Just playing with color! 

I think I'm going to try a challenge in July to paint once a day using prompts. It should be fun! 

Wishing you JOY,


Monday, June 19, 2017

A Few Thrify Finds

June is proving to be another busy month!  I'm trying to regain my blogging mojo and have promised myself to just post even if I feel like I have little to say.  I need to get back into the habit.  I miss all of you.  
So while doing some purging in May I did find a few little things I just had to have!
My love of all things 'Paris' continues
This sweet Eiffel Tower has a new home here with me!
This cute little mug fits into the cubbies!
Like new pillow is on the futon!
A mug for the mornings and a reminder to follow that dream!
I had been keeping my eyes open for a small travel hairdryer for my craft room.  Sometimes I need to dry a watercolor before I can add more paint and this was $2 and perfect!
I think one of my favorite finds was this small aquarium.  I have been looking for one to hold the shells that I collect every time I go to the beach.  I'll put it on the top of the bookcase.

I enjoy the hunt and my finds are all thrifty and have a place in my home before I buy it.
  It's the new 'rule' of thrifting for me. 

The Grands have been so busy this summer.  Lots of day camps for Tiger and Scout is still going to daycare.  Sara is taking some graduate courses this summer and Blake is working and taking classes.  Busy family.
They had a little Father's Day trip to the mountains and had a wonderful time!
Blake is such a great Dad!

Sara took these photos of Scout and I'm so in love with them!

She loves the color pink (like her Grandma) and is such a girly girl but can play in the dirt and run with her big brother also! 

Wishing you JOY,