For our prompt of “Bridge” today, I wasn’t quite sure what to sketch at first. A favorite bridge didn’t immediately come to mind. Then, I thought about those little red Japanese bridges that cross koi ponds. I’ve
The town I grew up in had a single bridge to get across Sturgeon Bay. When I was 17 I worked at a gas station/ donut shop/ bait shop about a block from the bridge. You could see it from the windows of the store. On one memorable occasion I had some Chicago tourists stop in and ask me where they could catch the ferry to the other side. I had to tell them we didn’t have a ferry, but they could take the bridge over. They looked at me like I was an idiot. Until I pointed out the window to the bridge. Lol ! In hindsight, I wonder if they thought they were further up the peninsula than they were and were looking for the ferry to Washington Island. But we got a good laugh about it after they left.
Oh, I adore those bridges too! When my parents were putting the garden pond together, almost twenty years ago, I remember asking if there was going to be a little bridge. Alas, there was not. But it was cool enough that I quickly got over it. Yay for crossing the bridge of the week and reaching the pizza!
For our prompt of “Northern Lights” today, I painted an aurora being enjoyed by a mother polar bear and her cub. I grabbed a larger sketchbook than usual for this one as I wanted to really play and splash around a
I’ve about given up on the idea of splattering because I’ve already got too many clothes and too much furniture with them, and my paintings always end up with too little of them. I’m not one to give up easily but the neighbors were beginning to talk!
Every once in a while we get to see the northern lights here. I always feel lucky when we do. We used to see them over lake Michigan when I lived in Door County. I was out picking green beans today. They were delicious. I was glad though that I didn’t choose beans for my WWM object to paint. Except to eat them, green beans are kind of boring. One painting and you’ve sucked all the fun out of that subject. Speaking of subjects, I loved the guest artist today. Her bugs were amazing!
Aww thanks so much, Jacob!! 😃💕 So happy you liked this one. Yeah, I looked into greeting cards, but they weren’t available with my printer. I think they are now, but it’s a set of 8 all the same. Not sure if that’s too many or not. 😊
Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 I did two test tries before this one… both mud. On the last I kept my paint farther away… leaving more white. Things bled and did crazy things, but the contrast stayed at least!
Soooooo beautiful! You need to do this more often. Yeah, splattering is an evil techinque. So fun when it actually lands on the projects, evil when you see some on the furniture months later. Been there done that. Look around, you might find more…..teehehehehehe.
your polar bears are magnificent with the lights reflecting on them! this has to be a favorite of your paintings for me. I grew up in Newfoundland, Canada and was blessed to see the northern lights a few times. they really are this wonderful in person. I hope you get to enjoy them one day.
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yay for going out to eat again! hehe… and yeah, basenjis are known to yodel, but Phineas never really does that much. Unless he’s staying in a pet resort and there’s another basenji there. 😉 I guess he knows we wouldn’t understand him properly.
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Aww that’s cool you got an A for splatters! I think sometimes we’re at our best when we’re not overthinking things. As for my splatters… the ones I cleaned off the floor looked a bit like bunnies again somehow. hehe
Yes Charlie, we’re dreaming! For now we too are enjoying your take on the Northern lights! (Not trying to figure out which bug spray is least toxic but will deter mosquitos the size if B-52s) Somehow I believe this delay in departures will make the places we head more precious and being together with our loved ones RIGHT NOW something we never take for granted again! I love the peaceful personalities if your polars, I think they may be telling us a little paint splatter in paradise is ok😉
My name is Cheryl Hodges, and I’m primarily a botanical artist from Jerrabomberra, Australia, near Canberra. I’ve been painting plants in watercolour for 20 years. In recent years, I have also ‘branched out’ in
I also like the collection of acorns – maybe because I have so many oak trees growing in my yard. I am intrigued with your backgrounds, such as the black line drawing of trees behind the purple flower spray, and the line drawing of wings behind your butterfly. They are way more interesting than classical botanicals, which are usually painted on white backgrounds.
Thanks so much Cheryl for sharing your story and your gorgeous art! I had thought that this was the direction that my art would go a few years ago but my muse pushed me totally in a different direction. We all have our own path to travel.
Wonderful work! Thank you for sharing your story. You also taught me a tidbit that I hadn’t ever thought about….less water and more pigment for details. Well, that will be a game changer for me! Teehee
For our prompt of “Turtle” today, since my mind has been on bunnies, I first thought about the story of the tortoise and the hare. So, we have a quick little doodle of the moment after the hare wakes up and the
I’ve pulled way back from the amount of time that I spend on the internet, and while I obviously miss some things, I was finding that I wasn’t really interacting with people. It was almost the opposite problem from the hare’s. I was hopping around so fast just trying to say hello to everyone, everywhere that I didn’t have time for much else. I’m enjoying the slower pace. I will speed back up a bit, but I’m going to try and avoid getting into the fast lane again.
Lovely painting and I love that fable as well. I try to be slow and steady now..Glad that I am out of the work race..so I tend to take things a bit slower now..And I think that is more important to be slow and steady than rushing around and still getting very little accomplished….A lot to be said for that dear old tortoise….Great words and work!
Fabulous Charlie! Retirement helps with the pace of life. I do keep very busy every day but I don’t fret about what I don’t get done. There is always tomorrow and I keep my commitments to a manageable level which allows me to set a pace that is comfortable.
Wow! Look at all of that. So incredible! I work better under pressure when it comes to a project, even though I don’t like it. I think for those of us with wandering minds, it’s good. It keeps us focused. I have been wandering a lot on projects. Yesterday, I made myself sit down and finish one of the many classes I signed up for. I finished all the online part, and only have some embellishing to do on the final project. Felt great! The pressure of me maybe going back to work got me a little motivated too!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, I think we’re all learning to take things much more slowly now. It’s probably a great thing. Phineas is crazy fun… but yeah, gets a little grouchy and spoiled as he ages! hehe
Bonjour, Cathy! 😃💕 I’m quite sure Monsieur Jean de la Fontaine could have done something with this story, though I’m not familiar with it. This one is from Aesop’s fables which is from ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE. It’s been told and retold forever so it’s a marvelous tale indeed! So thrilled you’re enjoying my recent drawings and I’ll definitely check that author out!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 hehe… I personally have so much more to win when it comes to art… but yes, WWM and this site has made me feel a little like a winner. It’s so wonderful to have so many artists come together in a space I made! Here’s to many more wonderful moments with friends and family!
Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, I have to admit that I tend to like my “more time” paintings better, but my no time paintings are turning out better than they used to so yay! Slow and steady progress! 😉
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