New Abstract Watercolor Paintings

Hello friends! How has quarantine been going? 

I've had my ups and downs with it.  The upside is seeing a whole lot more of my kids and husband and connecting in ways we wouldn't have otherwise.  The downside is that life is actually more busy than normal.  Distance learning with an 11 year old is more challenging than I anticipated.  Some days my son's teacher gives out 5-6 hours worth of work online and that's too much time on a screen for my kid.  This week we've been prioritizing his work so we don't finish everything, but get the most important stuff done.  That's working out much better for us!

Expressionist Watercolor Paintings

Photos of the Week

crab apple tree blossoms

I haven't posted any photography in ages!  My 9-year-old camera finally bit the dust so I'm left with my smart phone to capture the spring blossoms in my yard.  

Whether the photos come out nicely or not, I still enjoy taking photos of beautiful things around me.  I'm starting to realize what a gift it is to be aware and notice what is all around you at the exact moment you are in. Not rehashing what is behind you or worrying about what is coming next.  Just feeling your own feelings and thinking your own thoughts in the present.  It's a quality we are born with as children and slowly lose as our lives become busy and distracted.  For the health of my brain, I'm trying to feel that childlike wonder about life and notice the small things!

crab apple tree blossoms

Flowering Almond Blossoms

Painting Flowers: How I Slow Down My Brain

With an active one year old and a homeschooling 11 year old with me all day everyday, I really appreciate the time I get to paint! I make sure that I get some quiet time for myself every afternoon so that I can slow my brain and my body down and rest.  

original watercolor flower paintings by Elise Engh

Free Floral Coloring Pages

 Hi friends!
While I've been stuck at home, I've been working hard on some freebies for you guys.  We all need ways to relax and be mindful and coloring is an excellent way to do that!

Free Flowers Coloring Pages from Elise Engh Studios