Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Is Here!!!

  Well, at least according to the calendar:) We are still having below normal temps but it's slowly warming up a little as the days go by.

  Reminder: I have a giveaway post that is open through Sat March 29 EST and there are three packages up for grabs! Check it out HERE.

  Last weekend we celebrated St. Patrick's Day festivities in town and had a great time! We did however, watch the parade from inside Hotel Bethlehem where we met with friends for drinks and food because there was a COLD wind blowing and I was freezing!

                                                     Aaah, the Guinness did the trick:)

  I spent a significant amount of art time by working on my drawing lessons pages for my Draw Your Awesome Year class. Here are two more pages. I penciled everything in first then went over it all with Pitt pens-my favorite.










  Then I colored it all in with my Peerless watercolors:



  I also managed to do a simple journal page. JoAnne Sharpe has a newly released book The Art of Whimsical Lettering which I should have in my hands next week. In the meantime, JoAnne has started a private FB group specifically for those who have purchased the book. In this group, she has tips and prompts and allows us to share our drawings. The first prompt is to write and illustrate "just be" and this is what came to mind:

 Obviously, the lettering book is going to be a tremendous help to me:). Products: pigment inks, brush markers, Balzer Designs Mini Lotus Stencil, hand made stencil (sitting figure).


  I think the page also came to mind because I just signed up for another FREE three week meditation course called Finding Your Flow with Deepak Chopra and Oprah. It begins on April 14th. I have done his previous mediation series and  enjoyed doing a 15 min. meditation each day. It truly does make a difference and is so good for the blood pressure too. Perhaps you'll join me...

  Linking to Art Journal Every Day, Creative Every Day, Paint Party Friday.

     "Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn."    Lewis Grizzard

29 comments:

  1. Lovely work again. Glad you enjoyed your St Patrick's Day celebrations. Valerie

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  2. Oh, this looks like fun! :) Love the colors.

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  3. Great visiting you here again Linda, you sound very zen, so good for the soul, we all need quiet inside time, it nourishes deep. Have fun with your new book, it's always great to try out something new!
    Blessings
    Kat

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  4. Perfect March quote dear Linda ♥
    How nice that you could watch the parade from cozy indoors :)
    It wants to be Spring here but so far only a few crocus have popped...
    there are daffodils in waiting and tomorrow is supposed to be lovely

    Love how colorful your pages are...it really brings your sketching and words to life!

    I know you will enjoy the meditation time
    Happy Spring weekend to you and yours...
    oxo

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  5. beautiful pages, I especially like that last simple one, just be!

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  6. Linda, what fun, celebrating St. Patrick's Day that way! Your colors added to your drawings made a world of difference. Just beautiful. I'm so glad I can see colors. Aren't you?

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  7. Still cold here, too, Linda! I love your artwork! I know your will have fun learning new lettering skills with your new book.

    Happy weekend to you!!

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  8. Gorgeous illustrative style and the clear colours are lovely. I'm a big fan of meditation and have enjoyed Deepak & Oprah's previous sessions. And you are so right, it does make a huge difference if you do it every day.

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  9. Looks like you had fun on St. Patrick's Day. Love your colorful pages, very nice.:)

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  10. Love your latest works Linda, colour makes so much difference. Thank you for sharing the smashing photos. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. You've been having oodles of fun! I love the page with the borders. Blessings!

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  12. Beautiful journal pages Linda.
    Always want to go to an Irish pub for Saint Patty's Day but never seem to get there : ) looks like lots of fun and cozy time to be had, glad you enjoyed the day!

    About the Whimsical lettering book, sounds interesting. Have fun reading it when you get it…..Look forward to your creative work.

    Annabelle ~m..m~

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  13. So pleased you had a great Craic on St Patrick's Day! I would have loved to have watched the parade inside too.Your style is very clear and shows inner peace maybe its all that meditation. Happy PPF

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  14. Great photos....and love the journal art page...very nicely done! Thanks for sharing your lovely process. Is that Guinness I see?

    Hugs Giggles

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  15. You look like you have been celebrating well! I love seeing the pages for your class. Those peerless watercolors really are bright. Love it!

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  16. Guinness! Good!

    I sense peace and tranquility in your just be-work, she looks so serene, at ease and at peace with herself!

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  17. You had a nice St Patricks Day! Thanks for showing step by step how you worked with your art page. it is great with the colors. Happy PPG!

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  18. Happy (belated) St. Paddy's Day and PPF!!

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  19. Your journal pages look fantastic! I love the idea of trying out a bunch of new things like borders that you can refer back to. Very handy.

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  20. You had a great St Paddy's day! You are drawing your awesome year with great style.

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  21. I love your banner. Great journal pages - I especially like the one with the borders.

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  22. Love the Journal. . . so many different borders and colors. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  23. Thanks for the link to the meditation course... I signed up as well.
    I like your journal page - it is calm and peaceful.

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  24. There you are! You are both adorable - too bad I was not there to drink with you ;)
    Loving your pages too - I really like the simplicity of your sketches with the addition of bold color - this makes your pages so unique to me - and they are just beautiful! xoxo

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  25. Very interesting to see the work you are doing for your courses - it's good to focus on the basics again sometimes, and they all seem worthwhile courses. Lovely pages.

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  26. Wonderful post - and meditation is so strengthening to the soul! Happy PPF!

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