Saturday, January 31, 2015

Photos of the Week


Good Morning!

I finally got back in the saddle with photography- it's easier when the weather is warm :)

The world is still pretty much brown, but if you look really really hard, you can find tiny bits of green.  This time of year I appreciate the weeds more.

I've made a habit of looking for the beauty in the world through the lens of my camera for the past four years now and it has blessed my life immensely.  I'd like to think I'm a better, happier person for choosing to see the good where it is, no matter how small.

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Guess What?!

It's Inspire Your Heart with Art Day!

I had no idea that such a day existed until  Patience Brewster brought it to my attention. So I'd like to share a special post honoring this day and my favorite thing.......art!

To be honest, just about everyday is an "art day" for me.  I think about, create, and enjoy it constantly.  I can't imagine a world without some form of art! It gives the world so much light and joy.

So go admire some art today- or make some, if you are so inclined!
(Here's a little inspiration from some of my recently discovered artists if you need help)








P.S. It's the last day of my Winter Hat Sale, (all hats $14) so don't miss out!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Color Block Watercolor Bookmarks

Color Block Watercolor Bookmarks: grow creative

Some new bookmarks, inspired by a color block painting I discovered on Etsy.

That painting was done in acrylic and I thought it would be a challenge to try to re-create the same effect with watercolors ... I was right!  Very challenging indeed!

Not the same, but still fun, don't you think?

Color Block Watercolor Bookmarks: grow creative
Color Block Watercolor Bookmarks: grow creative
Color Block Watercolor Bookmarks: grow creative


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Watercolor Heart Balloons

I've been working on some Valentine's Day inspired art..............

Watercolor Heart Balloons-Valentine's Art: Grow Creative
Watercolor Heart Balloons-Valentine's Art: Grow Creative
Watercolor Heart Balloons-Valentine's Art: Grow Creative

I love these framed, but I'm thinking these would look good as cards too- what do you think?

Watercolor Heart Balloons-Valentine's Art: Grow Creative
Watercolor Heart Balloons-Valentine's Art: Grow Creative

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

California Cactus Watercolors

Original Watercolor Cactus Painting by Elise Engh: Grow Creative

Do you like cactus? I used to think I didn't.  

Then I went to a cactus garden in California and I was in love.  There are many more kinds of cactus than I ever dreamed there could be and so many of them look like they could be some kind of underwater plant.  That garden transported me to another world!

So, ya, I had to paint some of them..........

Original Watercolor Cactus Painting by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Cactus Painting by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Cactus Painting by Elise Engh: Grow Creative

The little one is for sale HERE.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Tropical Leaves Watercolor

Tropical Leaves Original Watercolor Painting by Elise Engh: Grow Creative

This is a partly fictional painting.  The lines and shapes are based on an actual sketch of mine from years ago- I just made up the colors to make it more interesting.  Doesn't it make you think of something tropical?

Tropical Leaves Original Watercolor Painting by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Tropical Leaves Original Watercolor Painting by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Tropical Leaves Original Watercolor Painting by Elise Engh: Grow Creative

P.S. I'm super excited about my new watercolor brushes I got for Christmas!  I haven't had new brushes for something like 10 years!  

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Auction for Alopcia


Hi friends!  Starting tomorrow (Friday the 16th) this little elephant painting of mine will be up for auction.  It's for a great cause- supporting a lady with Alopecia-which is a disease that basically makes you lose your hair- not fun.  

So, if you get a chance head over to the auction instagram page (@auctionforalopecia) to check out my painting and other goodies! 


Friday, January 9, 2015

Winter Hat Sale


Introducing Grow Creative Shop's First

Pick any hat for $14, plus shipping.
Good until January 31st!
(or until I run out of hats :)


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Two Elephants and Three Cacti

Watercolor Elephant by Elise Engh
Original Watercolor Elephant and Cactus Paintings by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Watercolor Elephant by Elise Engh
Watercolor Cactus by Elise Engh

I don't have a lot to say here.............. just that I'm still painting, some old designs, some new. Two of these will be for sale in my shop soon.  The other is being donated to an auction- more info on that next week.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Photos of the Week

Let's start out the year with some beautiful blues,

Ocean and Seagulls Photography: Grow Creative
Ocean Waves Photography: Grow Creative

gorgeous greens,

Bird of Paradise Tropical Flower Photography: Grow Creative

and other cool colors of the ocean!

Shell in the Sand, Beach Photography: Grow Creative
Purple Flowers and Ocean

And yes, these pictures were taken by me, in person, at a beach far far away from Utah.  We took a spur-of-the-moment trip to Solana Beach (near San Diego) for New Years and even though it was a little chilly some days and we spent money we probably shouldn't have,  it was totally worth it.  

I come alive when I'm near the ocean.  It does me so much good! And the memories I made with my husband and son are priceless to me. 

In the end, I'll cherish the memories more than any possessions :)

DCMA

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