Playing with Abstracts

Do you ever paint, just for the sake of painting, not really trying to make anything in particular?
 I do that once in a while. It makes me feel like a kid again.  It feels awesome.  Just let go of fears and go for it!

And then I scan the paintings and play around with cropping different sections.  Each little section could be an artwork in itself.  I love it!

I rotated this one and sliced it it half.  These could work as bookmarks... what do you think?

P.S. Happy Halloween!  I know this post is not with the theme of the day, but I had to post it anyway :)

Cereal Box Sketchbook Tutorial

My son has found a new interest in drawing lately.  He loves drawing out designs for crazy houses and cars he makes up.  I wanted to make him his own little sketchbook he could take around with him.  We have coloring books, but  having a blank sketchbook is so much better.  It encourages my son to use his own imagination :)

So here's what I came up with... simple sketchbooks with cereal box covers filled with good old computer/ copy paper.  These are super quick and easy to make.

Cereal box Sketchbooks

Here's how I made them:

cereal box rectangles- cut to desired size
paper- cut to desired size
hole puncher

Cereal box Sketchbooks

Step 1:  Punch holes in your paper and cereal box covers along the sides,  making sure the holes all line up when stacked together.

Step 2:  Place paper inside the cereal box covers and with the holes lined up, slip a piece of string through each of the holes along the side.  Loosely tie the strings together.

Cereal box Sketchbooks

There you have it!  A simple sketchbook just waiting for you or your child to use some imagination on.

The Beauty of the Hollyhocks

My lovely hollyhock flowers....

I planted them from seed late in the season and didn't expect that any would flower this year, but I got lucky!

And then the wind blew over the one flowering I picked off all the flowers and photographed them.  

Aren't they lovely?!

Good thing I had my white board handy to take the photos.  It's seriously the best photo prop I have.  Just a plain old board I painted white with left over house paint.  It works wonderfully :)

Photo of the Week

Happy pumpkin season! We went to pick some out at our favorite patch over the weekend- just in time to carve them for Halloween.  I'm excited to have my own doorstep to put pumpkins on this year.. oh ya... owning a home is nice! 

Back from the Smokies

Well hello everyone! I'm back.... and nope, I did not fall off the face of the blogging planet... I just took a nice vacation to the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee.  Here are a few photos from my trip :)

This place is absolutely beautiful and I had so many good photo ops.  I kinda went crazy with the camera :)

Blossoms in Fall

Well folks, I'm at it again.... more and more painting! I've really been on a roll lately. Although, my paintings have nothing to do with the current season, I still love them.   I love blossoms any time of the year!

Three of them are now up so sale in my Shop

And now my friends,  it's time for me to say good-bye for the next week and a half.   Time for a little blogging break while I enjoy this beautiful fall weather.  I will see you all later!