Winter Artwork


I have been keeping myself busy, this winter (and oh!  what a winter it is!!!), by working on some art.  I started out wanting a winter painting to put above my mantel, where I have a collection of snow people.  Now that winter has gotten old, it was doubly hard working on a painting of winter!  But I persevered and finished it last night.  I got the idea from a Christmas card a relative sent me, but the painting scene is mine.  The card had a quote that I love and repeat often.  I put the quote on the painting. It is the first time I added script to a painting.  I deliberately changed the script style for each line, just to add interest.  I hope you like it.

I also saw a beautiful design and decided to recreate it for a card.  I am posting a picture of it also.  I have looked and looked for the original artist’s name, and can’t find it. If anyone knows it, I will be glad to post it.

Another thing I have started this winter, is art journaling.  I enjoy posting some kind of picture each day, a small watercolor each week, and various other entries I am putting into the journal.  It will be fun looking back at it, at the end of the year.

What are some of the things you have been doing to keep cabin fever at bay?


Winter’s Opportunities


We are in the heart of winter.  I am sure I’m not the only one dreaming about spring.  Another “Polar Vortex” is approaching.  All of a sudden, we have new terminology I have never heard before!  And now, intense storms are given names, like the hurricanes.

I do several things to keep myself entertained during the long winter months, and believe me, there is truth to the word “long” living in Wisconsin.  At this time I am working on a new painting.  I have a mantel decorated with snowmen, and it needs a winter scene above it. i am working on a surprise for my daughter, so I can’t divulge that project to you.  I have also decided to try my hand at art journaling. 

Whenever I try anything new, I get a book to show me how to do it.  I purchased my book, purchased my journal, and am busy setting it up.  My goal is to journal artistically every day.  I am one of those people who need to be inspired, so anything I can do to jump start my creativity; I am a willing participant.  Luckily, I have a lot of art supplies on hand because I have been through schooling for art, and have taught art classes.  I am thrilled to be able to take the supplies out of storage and use them again.

I am inspired by the beauty of winter.  I know it may seem stark to some, but if you just look around and become aware, there is a lot to see.  We have bird feeders right outside our screen porch, and the birds are enjoying the menu we set out for them.  We are visited by juncos, chickadees, woodpeckers, and beautiful red cardinals, to name a few.  Turkeys and deer walk past our yard all the time.  In the still of the night, I hear the owl hooting in the woods.  And the almost daily snowfall is beautiful as it gently (sometimes, not so gently) coats everything in white.

The dogs are fun to watch as they run, play and roll around in the snow.  Sometimes, Banjo just likes to lay in the yard and watch over his domain.  He has a nice, thick Aussie coat by now, and he loves it outside.

Winter is long here in Northeast Wisconsin, but it doesn’t have to be boring.

Saturday morning

ImageI love Saturday mornings.  I always get up early and read or imagine what art I and going to work on next. I have so many projects in my head, it is hard to sort them out sometimes.  But on Saturday mornings, it is just me and the dogs, just sitting around and relaxing.   Until they decide its time to eat, and go out, and get petted; and then the day is off and running.  How do you spend your early Saturday mornings?