Sunday, August 30, 2015

My First "Morning Glories" Drawing

This morning I finished adding colored pencil to a sketch of morning glories I made a month or so ago. I don't really have too much else to share, so a page or two or three from my art journal is my go-to today. However, I will share toward the bottom a poor snapshot of the moon last night. It had the best "Man in the Moon" face I've seen in my lifetime. Anyway, it wasn't until I had my drawing all colored that I realized I had spaced out on one of the leaves and drawn the veins the wrong direction:

I was wrong on my pencil sketch and blindly followed through!

Forgot to shoot the sketch before I began adding color.

I was fairly satisfied with it otherwise, but the blatant error got to me and I attempted to fix it:

With Auto Correct:

Here is a page of a few morning glories I did in order to practice coloring them. The shapes were a couple stylistic(?) ones I saw done on youtube (more or less):

I took this shot upside down, and then rotated it in Microsoft Office Picture Manager. It makes me feel like I'm looking down on a plant that's reaching up: 

Here's the moon photo. The real thing was stupendous!

Can you see him? 

A kitty sketch page (not the page I wrote "Yikes" on). I'm enjoying trying "this and that" art.

And finally, in homage to the end of August and the upcoming unofficial end of summer (whether that's September 1 or Labor Day for you), here is a photo of a very tired, thinned out hibiscus that's still getting buds. However, the poor thing has really slowed down and the blooms are much smaller now. I guess summer has almost run its course, and soon this plant will, too.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Have a blessed week!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Finished: Another Hat

Just a short post on a cool, lovely Friday to celebrate the completion of another knitted hat. You can see my first one here, but the link to the pattern at Ravenhill Cottage doesn't work anymore (perhaps you can find it somewhere else on her blog). This gray yarn was rather firm and scratchy compared to the yarn used in 2014. I made the above a size larger, too.

The pin is just sitting on the hat.

At any rate, I should be good on hats for this winter. The rhinestone pin was my grandmother's. It's pale blue.

Yet day by day the Lord also pours out his steadfast love upon me, and through the night I sing his songs and pray to God who gives me life.
Psalm 42:8  TLB

Have a sweet weekend,

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Exploring Art

Sorry so dark. There is just no natural light in my house yet.

I was going to complete a few more attempts at art I have in mind before I shared these, but I'm not getting to things very quickly. So I'm sharing some of my silliness now. I'm no talented artist. Mostly I've just been checking artists out (for ideas) as I come across them, and also pinning art I like.

I have posted before on the fact I like to color ... in coloring books. When I can find the time, I find it very relaxing. The cover:

Purchased in the mid-1970s, I think. Two more pages and it will be all colored in.

My version:

I guess it was early this summer that I discovered Bible marginalia art (Bible art journaling). I decided against purchasing a new Bible with margins because I definitely don't need another Bible. However, any of our Bibles have blank spaces at the ends of the Books, between the Testaments, at the back, etc. For now that is good enough for me. My first and only attempt, done in ink and colored pencil, is below. Here are two links to good blogs on this topic: Journaling the Bible and Visual Blessings. Or just do a search on Pinterest, etc. Such beautiful work is a pleasure to behold!

As an aside, I pondered whether it was desecrating my Bible, the Word of God, to adorn it with art. But I already highlight it (my only system is to use a different color each time I read it through), and I don't plan on spreading any images over the Word itself. Not saying that's wrong, just saying to each her own. Per Wikipedia, illuminated manuscripts go back hundreds of years, aiding in clarification and even preservation of ancient works.

I'd say this looks like a 4th grader drew it, but then I'd be insulting 4th graders everywhere! :-)

I've wanted to do some scripture art journaling in my informal art journal as well. The following was done in colored pencil, but I ruined the look of it with my scraggly writing. So no more writing added until I study a bit on lettering techniques.

Auto Correct used because it came out so dark.

Finally, I became interested in the work of Candice Dillhoff on youtube. Her Faux Hobonichi is especially wonderful! And if you know what that is already, you are waaaay ahead of me! Anyway, her doodles are works of art and just looked fun. So I've tried a couple so far, and mine came out pretty weird, but they were fun to do. The first was done in watercolors, the second in markers. I have no fancy materials; just Crayola pencils and markers, and Prang watercolors. Perhaps someday I'll buy some materials others recommend. The doodles are just plain doodles; they don't mean anything. Except for on the bottom one, I did decide it needed a "Bluebird of Happiness" in the little scallop dip.

The black line on the bottom flower is courtesy of Sweetie kitty
jumping on it while I was working away!

My informal art journal is "no pressure" fun because it's just a record of my dabbling and learning process. For example, I sketched a cat that I won't share. I looked at it, and on the top of the page I wrote "Yikes!" But it's staying in there. :O)

Thanks for your visits, comments, and for following (at the bottom of my blog), and to a few of you a big thanks for going through my Amazon widgets. 

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you, I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
Psalm 9:1-2

I hope you have a wonderful week! 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Canna Lilies

Happy Sunday to you! There aren't as many new flowers around this time of year here besides zinnias and Rose of Sharon. We have many of both around town, but I haven't had a good opportunity to photograph any Rose of Sharon. 
(Scroll down to see the zinnias up close and personal.)

However, I did photograph these tall and majestic canna lilies, thanks to the zinnia neighbor.  There is another stand of them not too far away, and they are much shorter. A different variety, I imagine.

Today I thought I'd share from the 1948 devotional My Lord and I by Harry Moyle Tippett:

The secret of spiritual fragrance in the life is "Christ in you the hope of glory." To find God in the cathedral organ, in the gorgeous sunset, in a great masterpiece of art, is a partial experience in the things of the spirit, but the full experience comes when, like St. Theresa, we find God walking among the pots and pans.

The mastery of environment begins with attention to the nearest task or the most needful duty as a focus of interest from which order and organization will naturally evolve. ... Epaminondas, celebrated Greek general, famous as a sanitary engineer in cleaning up the city of ancient Athens, became greater than his environment when he was appointed by his political enemies as scavenger of the city. "If the job cannot magnify me, I will magnify the job," he said, and therewith turned a seemingly ignominious appointment into a glorious opportunity.  Good religion does that too. It molds our untoward surroundings into opportunities instead of handicaps.

A railroad-crossing watchman in a Midwestern city made his drab little signal hut an attractive spot of simple beauty by surrounding it with a tiny border of flowers. The little window boxes were colorful with red geraniums. He kept his small quarters bright with scouring powder and new paint. The whole atmosphere testified to the instincts for beauty within the man's heart in a lowly environment. God requires, not that we revolutionize a city, but only that we be perfect in the sphere of our influence. That suggests changing the things that need changing, and molding adverse conditions to a noble utility.

Coming and going!

Praying your life is blessed with beautiful days,

Monday, August 3, 2015

Colorful Zinnias

A neighbor's yard is displaying a lovely stand of zinnias. I snapped these with my android (on which the colors are brilliant!) and the colors lost some vividness in the transfer, but I hope you'll still enjoy these ambassadors of summer and good cheer!

This one had a visitor. I like the tiny flowers within the flowers.

For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Romans 1:20

Zinnias ... just another gift from God to brighten our days.

Hoping your days are bright indeed!
(Edited to add: Well, we just looked at this post on the other computer and the colors are much brighter, so maybe it's mostly my laptop???)