Sep 20, 2017

Scribble Picnic: Watch Out!


it's that time of year
whether 
autumn or spring

rains inspire the fungi 
to rise through the earth
(or this one from dead wood)
 
offering treasures for us to find

so Watch Out
don't step on them
delight in their fairy like character
they come in so many shapes, sizes and colors!

Visit Scribble Picnic to enjoy 
other's art for:

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Sep 15, 2017

Fungi Kin


I really enjoy making these fantasy landscapes
loosely based on fungi that I have photographed

so often mushrooms, lichen and mosses
feel like a magical realm

yet it is our realm
we live in a magical kingdom
 

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Sep 12, 2017

Scribble Picnic: black and white


I drew the white bits with a masking liquid pen
and let it dry

then wet the sky with water and dropped black ink into it
(I learned this technique from Stephanie Law's

the landscape was painted with pure black ink

when dry I rubbed the masking away revealing the white

It was a fun thing to do and I think I would enjoy trying it again

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visit:
to enjoy art by others for our theme.

Thank you Michael
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Sep 6, 2017

Scribble Picnic: tie it up


flight required that she tie it up

lots of bundles of hair
to make room
for the beating of her wings


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This weeks theme at Scribble Picnic:

visit to see other folks art
or join us!
Thank you for hosting Michael!

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Aug 30, 2017

Scribble Picnic: Curly



home sweet home
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waiting for my dentist appointment
I drew this lady with curly hair
and 
her colorful home
with curly smoke
and 
curly clouds
 ~

later sitting in the lobby
looking a the floor
I spied this serpent in the grains of the wood
and 
thought it a rather curly serpent
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Sharing with the folks at: 

visit them to find other artist sharing their curly art
or join in with us

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Aug 28, 2017

Morchella



with our mountains on fire
we begin to dream of spring
mushrooms
the delectable morel fungi

they spring from the soil the year after a forest wildfire
beacons of new life

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in case you do not visit my photography blog:
Spirithelpers
here is one photo of the crescent shaped shadows I saw during the eclipse
what a lovely surprise they were!


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Aug 23, 2017

Scribble Picnic: square with and X


this week Michael chose a shape for us to work with:



I had a number of ideas, but somehow using the shape to inspire a design 
is what won out. 

I need a rug to go on my hard wood floor before winter, for warmth. 
As I worked on this I saw it as a rug. 

to see art by others with this shape in it somewhere, somehow. 

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Aug 19, 2017

Waiting


patience was not needed
curiosity had touched his heart so deeply
that the only choice 
was to wait

hoping to see who would come out the door

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Aug 15, 2017

Scribble Picnic: Flower Bed


a glimpse of my flower bed
one created by meadows and forest
my favorite sort of flowers

wild

~
having returned from travels it is nice to join 
Michael and all artists over at 
visit to see what it is all about
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Aug 12, 2017

Tiny Sketchbook Art


I think there is a bit of magic in her.
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I brought my small sketchbook on a trip recently,
fun to fill it with imaginary people.

lovely weekend to you 
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Jul 28, 2017

Sylvan Fantasy



summer grass is turning golden
fruits ripen every where I look
we are entering the serious harvest season

two days ago
I noticed the days light is getting shorter

it feels good to sit down
sketch
and paint

another fungi floral fantasy piece

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I hope you are enjoying your season
be it summer or winter 
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Jul 19, 2017

Scribble Picnic: ladybug


 she always wore a green dress
hoping the leaf color
would beckon ladybugs to her


 Remembering a ladybug that I saw last year......
I thought to try painting it from the photo


Ladybug

Thank you for hosting Michael!


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Jul 11, 2017

Scribble Picnic: fill in the blank


considered 
healer of her people
she
walks with her medicine staff
always listening for the truth
beneath the surface

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sharing with Scribble Picnic
this week Michael gave us a shape to work into our art
or even to begin our art with:


it is sure to be an interesting group of art this week

thank you for hosting Michael 
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Jun 27, 2017

Scribble Picnic: Fox



even 
fox
needs to touch her inner stillness
from time to time

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Sharing with Michael's:
theme:
fox

a few nights ago
I woke to the screaming calls of two fox in the woods
their sounds are quite unique

somehow it inspired a feeling of all is right in the world
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Jun 19, 2017

Summer Solstice


Summer Solstice:

for 6 months the light of each day grew longer
inspiring the growth of all
 in her land
flowers, trees, fungi, animals and insects

as we
enter the season of summer
fresh food will be plenty
new flowers will grow
nature thrives
days begin to shorten

in her land 
it is a time to be outside
exploring
and
sharing with loved ones 
finding awe in the glory of the world

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Lovely Solstice to you

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Jun 8, 2017

TIny Bear


Little bear and giant bolete are best of friends
Their guardian fairy hovers in magical form
A trinity of goodness

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this was inspired by a photo my friends 
trail camera captured of a grizzly bear recently:

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sharing with PPF!
visit to enjoy other artists


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May 26, 2017

AC: birds



spring is such a wonderful time to watch birds


to see them collecting grass
lichens
spiderwebs 
to make nests


enchanted by their songs and calls


we get to wonder about their new born
hey, that is not a bird ;-)


I made a little book for spring birds
and 
their eggs
:
new life

Thank you Eric for hosting our AC
with the theme:
birds

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May 23, 2017

Sharing Cherries


sharing cherries

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this paper is fine for sketching
but when a sketch begs to be painted
well the paper is just not satisfying

It buckled and does not let one play with the paints 
to my satisfaction

thought I had learned that lesson
smile

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May 17, 2017

Little Thief



little squirrel saw a
ruby necklace
took it for his own

but when the fairy turns him into stone
he might wish he had left it alone
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a later thought: 
The little squirrel is only turned to stone for 3 min, but that might seem like a lifetime to a squirrel. We must remember stones are living beings, so not so bad a punishment once one relaxes into it.
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I had a little trouble coming up with a story for this one.
For fun, if a story comes to you
share it in the comments

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May 12, 2017

Planting Spring Plants



she dug a little hole
and hoped with all her heart
that the little swirly plant
would thrive and be happy in it's new home

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This week I planted nine plants
and hoped with all my heart.....

also hoped that the deer and ground squirrels will  not eat them!
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Lovely weekend every one!

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May 10, 2017

Scribble Picnic: Potted Plant


she dug a little hole
and hoped with all her heart
that the little swirly plant
would thrive and be happy in it's new home

~

This week I planted nine plants
and hoped with all my heart.....

also hoped that the deer and ground squirrels will  not eat them!

Thank you Michael for hosting us
with your theme: potted plant 

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Apr 28, 2017

Oak Tree


he leaned his forehead against the tree
quieted his thoughts
and 
waited

his heart melded with the trees heart
the tree let flow
hundreds of years of stories

stories  about the birds that came to nest and sing
the fungi and lichen it gave home to
the fairies that lived beneath its roots
the insects that live in its bark

the lad came to know 
those who rested in the shade of this tree
or found shelter from storm
 he saw the lion that napped in its branches
and so much more

he learned that a tree lives a big life
a deep life
a generous life
roots embedded in the earth
limbs dancing with the grace of the heavens

this lad returned as often as he could
to rest his forehead and heart
against the tree
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sharing with 
PPF
 
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Apr 25, 2017

Scribble Picnic: Tree


he leaned his forehead against the tree
quieted his thoughts
and 
waited

his heart melded with the trees heart
the tree let flow
hundreds of years of stories

stories  about the birds that came to nest and sing
the fungi and lichen it gave home to
the fairies that lived beneath its roots
the insects that live in its bark

the lad came to know 
those who rested in the shade of this tree
or found shelter from storm
 he saw the lion that napped in its branches
and so much more

he learned that a tree lives a big life
a deep life
a generous life
roots embedded in the earth
limbs dancing with the grace of the heavens

this lad returned as often as he could
to rest his forehead and heart
against the tree
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Sharing with Scribble Picnic
this weeks theme: TREE

visit Michael's to see what art others have brought to life 
for this weeks theme.

Thank you Michael!
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Apr 21, 2017

AC: Earth Day



Love love love
for 
our Planet
Earth

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We really do have pretty rocks here in Montana
I found a surprise turquoise colored rock in the forest last weekend
I am told it is copper that makes the pretty color:


This past winter saw the end of my bridge, it broke. 
Today I built a new one.
Such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment!


Now I can walk from the earth on one side of the creek 
to the earth other side, yay! 


Last week I drove an hour north
seeking wildflowers. 
I was delighted to find the lovely Pasque flower and our native bumble bee!

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So much love for our planet and all it's wonderful treasures!

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This weekend our: ART Challenge 
is being hosted by Lovely Melodye
her theme: Earth Day

Visit her blog to see what others are sharing to celebrate Earth Day.

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if you would like to enjoy more glimpses of Montana this time of year
visit my photography blog: Spirithelpers 

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Apr 18, 2017

Scribble Picnic: ladder


her favorite place to meditate
is
floating above

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this weeks theme for 
treat yourself to a visit to see what others are creating.

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I ordered a watercolor sampler
from Legion 
8.8 x 11"
gorgeous papers!

It came in a beautiful folder that feels as though it is made of watercolor paper:



This painting is on Lanaquarelle CP 140#,

it feels rough to the touch, I enjoyed the texture.

I could scrub/lift some paint off better than 
other papers. I would love to work with it again.

Wonderful to try something new
and
I look forward to trying the other papers. 

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Apr 14, 2017

Paint Pary Friday: Spring Eggs


spring begins slowly here
here in the NW corner of Montana

yet
I can tell birds
are building nests
they have me thinking of eggs

which inspired this painting

Wishing you all a lovely Easter weekend
and
spring

visit PPF

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