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c.s. lewis ~ friendship

hi friends ~ a while ago, i took a quote from a favorite author, mr. c.s. lewis, and did a simple little watercolor sketch, and then mod podged the words of his quote onto a sketchbook page.thinking of my sweet, dear, art teacher, katie twedt… and of so many beautiful friends in my life. in honor of my former high school …

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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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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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a little flower and a whole lotta peace ~ watercolor

a new 8″ x 10″ original watercolor, {newly listed in the etsy shop} too: yesss… still lovin’ my microbeads!  and the mighty power of a simple black “dot” ~ and a squiggly line ~ of any kind.  i used the white signo uniball pen um-153, a pitt pen, or unipen, microbeads from both martha stewart and michaels craft store brands, and …

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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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{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 …

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the wonder watercolors in feathers ~

hi everyone ~big sheets of white, blank paper can be intimidating.  and practicing in my newest {big} moleskine watercolor journal has been really helpful to me in overcoming that hurdle.  it is also helpful that i am still {very much} fascinated with feathers, so these sketches and watercolor plays have been a fine wintery study.  i’ve spent happy time researching, pinning, and …

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new watercolor valentine cards ~

hello  ~ during this time of the winter’s peak in montana, i most often find myself, eager to come home from work, and curl up in the chair, with a big lap desk and my watercolors spread out!  {it’s a little risky for a messy girl like me} but with -29 degrees, it’s a cozy way to spend the evening. and so… i’m …

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sketchbook ~ livin’ on a prayer

hey friends ~ here’s a bit of a sketch and a prayer. or a prayer and a sketch.i like that.alot. or… {if you need further inspiration, you can rock out to bon jovi’s song “livin’ on a prayer!”} lolin my recent memory ~ albeit ‘sketchy’ {forgive the pun?}… i recently saw a geranium somewhere… maybe it was from a stamp in a catalog… …

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mixed media flower ~ winter’s daisy

hi ~this is a mixed media-styled watercolor piece, created in my large scale, moleskine watercolor journal.  it’s size is 8.5″ x 12″ {and i love playing in this larger venue}this is the photo story, of how the piece progressed {the best i can recall, that is!}the first photo below shows the initial color, using sennelier watercolors, and then my first …