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my first creative girl ~

hi there ~as i’ve mentioned in an earlier post, recently, i had the opportunity to take a class from danielle donaldson. the class {through the jeanne oliver website, is called “the land of light and shadows.”  this “creative girl” project was one of the pieces she showcased for us to express in our own interpretation, so here is my first “girl sketch” …

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seal my heart ~ watercolor sketch

morning glories!just a little watercolor sketch, this one is a 6×6″ piece of watercolor paper.  the idea here was a soft pastel base, and then adding dimension, shading, and intensity through layering on a bit more color within a defined shape.  i saw it demonstrated from danielle donaldson, through jeanne oliver’s website, and although i haven’t made it through all …

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eucharisteo life ~ expressed in a watercolor sketch

hi friends ~i recently took a springtime class “saturday mornings” from the demure, charming, and very creative artist, junelle jacobsen.   this sketch was something she developed in acrylic paint, but i was more in the mood for the lightness of watercolor.  and it’s a new favorite because of the beauty of discovering this word, through the book, “one thousand gifts” by …

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being confident in a rose ~

happy friday all  ~ recently, i was asked by a friend to create a special watercolor piece for her brother.  this is how it turned out: thanking jen for asking, and giving me this blessing of creating this special piece.  may it ever be our focus, the true source of our confidence, and the only measure of true perfection, our life in …

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planting goodness ~ hosea geranium watercolor

hi!i have sure loved sketching… practicing… and making this ‘geranium-styled’ watercolor flower several times now.  gradually, with each one i do, i think of different ways to add special details.  my latest favorite pen for a bit of shine and sparkle, is the gelly roll sparkly pens.  {they have a metallic star on the pen label}.  the one i used …

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a fresh dose of joy ~ prayer in a watercolor

happy  Monday-after-Resurrection Sunday!from one of my most favorite authors, susie larson: “stretch out those arms, open your hands, and receive a fresh does of joy today!”yes, i will!  and i hope you will join me?!thank you susie!xoleslie Leslie says:

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{more} grace and a watercolor card {or two!} ~

hi friends, and a happy, joyful friday to you all!  life recently has, at times, left me more-than-weary lately.  has that happened to you?perhaps i feel that way because i’ve  tried to “manage”  life and be strong in my own power and strength.  and I’ve become grace-less.  selfish.  self-absorbed.perhaps because i have not dipped into the deep of the Only One’s limitless well of living water… filled …

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the sparrow ~ from my sketchbook

hi there ~looking forward to seeing the spring sparrows… and while they haven’t quite made an appearance in our yard yet… they surely have made an appearance in my sketchbook!{thank goodness!}and while i’m at it…every sparrow needs a little bit of glamor, right?  let’s just call it … frost! yes!  i know so, too! sweet spring… sweet spring ~ not to worry,  …

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springing forward in watercolor bliss ~

hi there all ~ever hear that classic ol’ western phrase, “rode hard, and put away wet?”  that would pretty much sum up this past work-week!  and at least i am truly dry ~ and fortunate i am not having to cope with flooding and ice jams that have been the very hard and challenging “norm” for so many of my …

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sketchbook ~ now is the time to worship

hi everyone ~this particular watercolor is based on a sympathy card i received when mom passed away last december, which featured this image. it was a beautiful card to receive… and i embraced it. i do have a fascination with arches, windows, and chapels, and even gravestones with fascinating architectural details. so the card inspired me to try my hand in my own version, …

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walking the line{s} ~

hello lovelies ~ i think i’ve finally begun to realize i don’t always enjoy “coloring within the lines” … and in saying that, i also recognize that it was one of those ‘under the radar’ suggestions that became “the rule” i remember growing up with from early childhood when our main art tools were coloring books and crayons.it’s time to break …

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a few matters of the heart ~

greetings!a snowy, cold day just demands bright color… i think!  it’s 0 degrees, and there’s a chill {factor} in that wind!!  lots of snow… and winter is having a ball!  {as usual!} so here’s a few hearts, one with the words illustrated from a favorite song lyric, from francesca battistelli’s “write your story” {on my heart} and another with a beautiful quote from max lucado.“he not only …

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arise my love ~

hello lovelies ~just a little bit of spring in the heart becomes spring in the art, and even more pertinent ~ light in the heart. which is a good reminder for me as we prep for the imminent arrival of another polar freeze upon our montana winter landscape.this little 5×7 watercolor card illustrates a favorite song, which inspired these tulip-like flowers. the scripture it also points …

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his love ~ watercolor

hello ~  first, i want to let you all know of a “boo-boo” in my earlier post with the prayer as i inaccurately quoted the wrong author! {darn it}. it was not written by susie larson, but was written instead by author emily freeman, from “chatting at the sky” {it’s a wonderful blog and website ~ i hope you click on …

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{hot off the press} ~ large feather prints ~

hi there ~as i’ve explored the “land of watercolor,” i’ve begun to understand the differences between types of paper; “cold press”  and “hot press” specifically.  in my limited experience, only cold press paper is available locally, and seems to have the most selection, as well, either online, or in a crafty store. what I love about hot press is the texture is definitely a …