Monday, September 13, 2021

Creative Inspirations

 

 Happy new week all! Hope everyone had a great week and weekend. Our weather although a bit warm and humid again has been delightful with some nice breezes and cooling in the early morning and nights. I'm only saddened that the sun is setting so much earlier, the leaves are falling, and autumn is now at our doorstep...but thoughts of the beach are never far from me and I will be getting in more time by the ocean real soon again😁

 In the meantime I have begun my lessons from the Ocean Alchemy online art course with Alisa Burke! Last week I shared my color swatch page and here are the prepped pages for the first two lessons I did (I am not doing the lessons in order- just going by what subject inspires me at the time I want to watch and create):

 
Watercolor washes. I have decided to use washi tape to make borders on my pages for a nice presentation.

 The first lesson was driftwood inspiration. Alisa gives several examples in the video and for each lesson offers photos. The idea is to capture the essence of the subject but in a loose and even abstract way and that's what I love about this class. Here is my driftwood inspired page:


 I used various sized permanent black markers over the color wash.

  The next lesson I chose to do was Sand Inspired. This is one of the photos of hers I used for my inspiration page:


and here is my page:


 Before I get to more art I'll take a break to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth and the gang for T Stands For Tuesday

 This is from our beach week in Fenwick Island, DE with friends:


 The large back deck overlooks the ocean and we were so happy that many of those days the mosquitos and black flies stayed away just long enough for us to enjoy our dinners!


 Yes, hubby is smiling but you know under his breath he's saying "hurry up I'm hungry"!😂 It was one of the other couples' turns as chefs du jour and they made this incredibly delicious meal with Creamy Lemon Parmesan Shrimp over angel hair pasta as the main course. Of course hubby made very sure I got the recipe so I can make it at home😉

 And another ticket for T Stands For Tuesday:
After we got back from the beach we celebrated our daughter in love's 30th birthday. Her meal request was a steak and rice stir fry which we had along with fresh cheese bread and a salad. And of course, the dessert request was a deep, dark chocolate cake:


 Our son took her to the beach for a few days earlier (yes, she loves the beach as much as I do!) and then surprised her once they were back home with an intimate birthday dinner out with close friends. You did good son💓

 More pages from the Dina Wakley Kraft Journal:


 This is the right side of the spread- I shared the left side last post. I decided to make it similar and then added a sentiment across the two pages to join them:


 Both botanicals were loosely drawn using the stem of Night Gloss Spray then colored in with Scribble Sticks. They were done on lightly gessoed book pages and as the theme at Try It On Tuesday is to use book pages I will link one more time with the right page.


 This page came together quickly as the tag was a leftover from mopped up excess paint. I added the stamped leaf, stamped quote, and a scrap of Collage Collective paper along with some paint spatters.
 Here is the whole spread (again I had shared the other page in an earlier post):


 I think for all the work I've done so far in this journal I've been coordinating both pages to make a spread.

 And for the vintage theme at Art Journal Journey I have a page I did in a handmade junk journal:


 
Also happy to join in at Paint Party Friday! Always fun seeing what everyone's up to in blogland. Happy week to you!


"Fostering creativity within yourself and others revitalizes the ability to feel, express, and act constructively – crucial competencies for our world."
       Natalie Rogers 





27 comments:

  1. I love how you got to eat out on the deck, looking at the ocean, and enjoying good food. That looks like the ultimate vacation time to me. And chocolate cake is another one. Your son and your daughter in love are such a cute couple. And you have so much wonderful art today. Those are happy book pages. Thanks for sharing with us at TIOT. And I I just love your vintage page for AJJ. Not only is that a great photo but the addition of fabric really makes this page. Thanks for joining us. And I know, fall is coming. But I must say today it was gorgeous here in NH. Have a wonderful T day and week Linda. Hugs-Erika

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  2. Wow, your art is amazing this week, Linda. You have given us a plethora if beautiful and cheerful pages that inspire. I really like the drift wood and sand you created in that class. It is amazing.

    And of course, that vintage entry you gave us for Art Journal Journey is wonderful. I love the use of fabric and buttons, too. Thanks for sharing this with us at AJJ, dear.

    Your meal sounds wonderful and now I'm hungry for angel hair pasta and shrimp. It was a beautiful location on that deck, but I was so surprised how close together the houses were. Regardless, your husband looked good as the model for the food and wine you shared with us for T this almost Tuesday, dear Linda. And what a wonderful sounding meal you fixed for your DILove, too.

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  3. Your pages are beautiful! I also like your first two pieces for Ocean Alchemy - I just started the class and prepped some journal pages today. First time I actually work in a composition book - this is a real challenge for me. Your dirftwood and also the sand look so good.

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  4. Yes, so sad the days are getting short and even colder....
    Good idea with the washi tape.
    Love your art, especially the driftwood.
    And that beach-pic!

    Ingo also is like that with pics from food with him, LOL.

    Great kids you have.


    Happy T-Day to you :-)

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  5. Hi Linda, you have made so much wonderful art this week, wow. Glad you are enjoying your new course. And your beautiful vintage page is ideal for AJJ, thanks so much for linking! Your vacation looks great, too, glad you got a pic of your hubby before he devoured his meal. And a lovely photo of your son and his lady, great. Happy T Day, stay safe, hugs, Valerie

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  6. The dinner and drinks looks and sounds fun, Linda. Lovely views. Your dinner for your DILove's birthday sounds great - especially that cake! Your son favors your husband.

    All your art is wonderful. I love the AJJ page - very deep and the journal you are using looks cool too. All your other journaling pages are fabulous - I love your colorful botanical style.

    I am impressed with your drawing class pages. Makes me want to take a class!

    Happy T-day!

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  7. Love your art. Your family is so beautiful and glad everyone got to go to the beach. Have a nice week.

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  8. Oh your art lessons results are awesome ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. Happy Birthday to your daughter in law and love the cake and sweet photo of your dear hubby ~ Happy Week to you ~ Xo


    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  10. Fabulous art and lots to see. Your course sounds interesting and your samples are lovely. Thank you for another fabulous vintage page for AJJ.
    Hugs Wendy

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  11. Dark chocolate cake sounds really fabulous, as do all the birthday celebrations. Congrats to her!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  12. Love your journal pages. That study with the cardboard and wood looks like a wake to practice shadows and textures.
    That cake looks delicious!
    Happy Tea Day,
    Kate

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  13. You do beautiful artwork! Love the art journal page is lovely and so is your junk journal page. Happy T Day.

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  14. Super journal pages Linda, thank you for linking to Wendy's theme at AJJ and the Book page theme at TioT's.
    Have a good rest of the week.
    Yvonne

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  15. Love your post, art, and food. All are fantastic. Wishing you a sunshine filled day

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  16. How wonderful to be so close to the ocean! Yes, the days are getting shorter. But here the weather is still sunny and warm, we just can't have supper outside anymore. Hubby doesn't like sitting out at night because of the mozzies.
    Your course sounds very interesting. I can tell you are enjoying it.
    Such a lovely photo of your son and DIL. I love it that you call her your daughter in love.
    Your art is fabulous. I always like seeing what you make.
    Happy belated T-Day,
    Hugs,
    Lisca

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  17. Happy PPF and have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  18. I keep several written journals. It would be fun to start an art journal. For some time I made ink or ink and watercolour images to go with my writing, but Covid has sapped my inspiration. - Margy

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  19. Your journal page creations are awesome ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  20. Each journal page is special and creative with great messages ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  21. Hubby looks hungry but happy. You must be doing something right.

    Luv your art
    Thanks for dropping by my blog today

    Much💖love

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  22. Lovely art this week Linda, congrats on being featured at PPF today!

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  23. Hi Linda, the online art course with Alisa Burke you are taking seem very good with interesting lessons. I like the woodwork and the sand. :)
    I also like the ocean view you enjoyed :)

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  24. have to go look at that course! Your creative life is so good from these pics... dinner looked comfortable

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  25. Well done to your son, that is amazing! I really like your artwork on the brown journal pages, wonderful design and pop of colours. Beautiful pages from your art class Linda. I am like you. If I have a choice, I usually don't follow the lessons in order either :)

    -Soma

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  26. My favourite this week is your painting of the sand.

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