Sunday, June 17

Paint, paper, pencils & water...

I've shared here before that I love painting, or at least the idea of it. Last year I took a painting workshop with Flora, and loved exploring acrylic paints under her gentle guidance. But my first love with paint began with watercolors. Years ago, at a friends encouragement, I took a class with an amazing watercolor artist at a local college and loved the class as well as all I learned. Watercolors are a much easier paint to manipulate, perhaps because I draw and am able to move the watercolor brush much in the same manner as when I draw. What I'm realizing, is that anyone can paint, or at least learn the techniques enough to produce something gratifying. Trust me, I'm not saying everyone is a fine artist in painting or that one can be. However, it is a fun, easy medium to play with, and play is what I like best!

After discovering Jane Lafazio and following her blog, I've picked up my watercolors colors once again. Jane's got several great tiny tutorials on her blog, and she's inspired me to start a daily practice of painting at least one thing. One of Jane's mentors has been the wildly-talented Danny Gregory. Danny's produced a series of films that are really fun to watch. Go check him and his blog out; if you love painting, or the idea of it, you won't be sorry you did!

Wednesday, June 13

Fun links and Good Finds via Pinterest

I have to admit I love the quick links and great finds I discover via Pinterest. It's fast and easy, and isn't the time vacuum the internet in general can be. Here are a few recent favorites...
I'm definitely making a batch of these to keep in the freezer this summer. Thanks for keeping it quick and easy Kris!

I think I'll try making this great pastel cake for a picnic this weekend. You can find this link here. I wonder if it will work with cupcakes?

I love the look of these DIY quote boards, even though they've been around for a while. Amy has a fun tutorial for making them posted here.

And finally I think I'll make this with our grandson from momentos from our recent vacation. The first day of summer vacation starts tomorrow! Wow, already?
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