Watercolor Coral Poppy Painting

Coral Oriental Poppy Bloom and Watercolor Painting

The coral oriental poppies I grew in my front yard this spring were such an inspiration! Their petals are so delicate. They almost look like paper! Poppy blooms don't last long, so it's a good thing I took lots of photos for future paintings.

Coral Oriental Poppy Bloom Photo by Elise Engh
Coral Oriental Poppy Bloom Watercolor Painting

This is the 10 x 12 inch original watercolor that I painted and framed.  It's hanging in my home for now, but it's available for purchase through my Etsy shop.  Check it out!

Coral Poppy Painting in Watercolor

Kid's Sharpie Canvas Art Project

Kids Art Project: sharpies on canvas

I've made a goal this summer to spend some quality art time with my son.  He's eight and growing up fast! And even though art is not his favorite thing to do, I've found that if I can frame an art project as an "experiment" (which it really is), he is much more willing to try it.  

This sharpie canvas art project is my favorite one we've tried! And I love being able to connect with my son this way.  We made it more about the process than about the final product.  We just wanted to see what happened when we drew crazy patterns with different types of markers and sprayed them with rubbing alcohol.  We discovered a few fun things along the way!  

So keep reading below to see how we made this fun collaborative piece of art!

Photos of the Week

golden thistles

I finally got myself down to the lake this summer. No swimming though- the algae bloom is back at Utah Lake- ugggh! 

It's such a shame that this beautiful place gets used as a dumping ground in Utah. It could be such a wonderful resource! At least I get to enjoy the plants and birds that live near the shore and I get to see the lake with the mountains rising above it from my own front porch.  

Photos of the Week

Have you ever seen green and pink leaves?  I was lucky enough to see my first in Logan Utah!  I may have taken a few too many photos of them, but hey, it's not every day you see leaves this beautiful.

pink and green leaves in logan utah: grow creative blog
pink and green leaves in logan utah: grow creative blog

This is a flower shot from our family trip to Great Basin National Park! We stayed at a cute retreat with the most gorgeous roses.

red roses at hidden canyon retreat: grow creative blog