Posts tagged "Nature"

Latest Art

Latest Art

    My oils class is over. After paint­ing the white eggs on a white back­ground, we painted the same red apple on two dif­fer­ent back­grounds, red and green. Then we painted the same limes on two dif­fer­ent back­grounds, green and red. This exer­cise was pri­mar­ily to demon­strate the power of com­pli­men­tary colors. We switched...
Winter Gratitude Journal

Winter Gratitude Journal

I have kept a grat­i­tude jour­nal for the past sev­eral years now. The harder times get, the more I work at my prac­tice. It’s dif­fi­cult. Some days I have trou­ble doing it, but I keep try­ing. And I make it a point to find at least one event that hap­pens each day for which I...
Our New Work of Art

Our New Work of Art

Johann and I decided to declare the frame project offi­cially fin­ished. We wanted to keep adding to it, but at a cer­tain point, every new item we tried to put in made another one fall out. We had to get cre­ative just to get the last few finds to stay and keep the old pieces...
Adventures in Oil Painting

Adventures in Oil Painting

Ear­lier this sum­mer I com­pleted the final project for my begin­ner oils class. I chose to paint three onions. I strug­gled with it and the shad­ows are a lit­tle dark, but I think it turned out fairly well over­all for my third oil painting. My land­scape oil paint­ing class this semes­ter has been so much...
Volunteers

Volunteers

Our gar­den is five years old. You can see how it looked here, after we’d spent quite a bit of time sift­ing dirt, weed­ing, and clear­ing out trash, rocks, and gravel. I regret that we didn’t get any spring pic­tures of the gar­den this year, but you can see what it looks like now. The...
Nature Collage

Nature Collage

In look­ing for new ideas for fun activ­i­ties to do with Johann, I saw a wooden frame with pegs and string in Magic Cabin cat­a­log. You weave finds like pinecones and leaves in between the string wound around the pegs. When you’re done, you have your own unique nature col­lage. It made me think of...
How We See

How We See

I was mus­ing the other day about how we tend to notice things other peo­ple seem to miss. For exam­ple, while walk­ing near the water last year, a great blue heron flew over­head. We stopped to watch the grace­ful bird fly. He was so low, we felt like we could reach out and touch him....