Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Photos of the Week

Landscape Nature Photography: Grow Creative

My son started first grade last week, leaving me with more time to myself than I know what to do with.  I took a short hike in the hills and it was gorgeous!

Landscape Nature Photography: Grow Creative
Sunflower Nature Photography: Grow Creative

I'm sure many mothers out there could be a little jealous of my situation, having so much time to myself.  That's what mother's never seem to get enough of right?  Well for me it's bittersweet.  I love having time to exercise, to think, to work on my talents and even get a nap.  That part is awesome! But all the while I'm missing my little boy and wondering how it could be that he is growing up and spends so much time away from me.  I'm fighting this feeling of loneliness and kind of feeling lost. Do I get a job?  Do I really amp up my own business now?  I was supposed to be raising small children at home for the next 10+ years.  That was the plan.  I didn't plan for the possibility that that might not happen.

I know in time I'll find my groove and it'll be ok.  For now I'm trying to rehabilitate myself.  I've been able to swim without getting major back/neck pain for the first time in about 5 years!  I can't tell you how incredible that feels!  You don't realize how limited your life was until you start to get it back.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Look at my Sketchbook

 I went out sketching this morning, just for a few minutes.

sunflower sketch:grow creative
sunflower sketch:grow creative

The sun was shining this beautiful light down on the hills and even though the hills are desert-y and usually brown, they were beautifully golden in this light.  The sun shone through the sunflowers just right and I felt incredibly lucky to be up there enjoying them :)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Photos of the Week

Photos from our spur-of-the-moment camping trip:

mountain moth:grow creative
mountain trees: grow creative
mountain trees: grow creative

A camping trip with just my little family of three was on my summer bucket list and it kept getting pushed back due to my not getting enough sleep, stress, work, blah-blah-blah.  So even though I came down with a nasty head cold on Friday, I still packed up the car with my husband and son and headed out to the beautiful Utah mountains.  Camping with a cold is not ideal and kinda hard, but hey, I got my camping trip in before school started. Success!  

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Watercolor Lettering and a Message About Kids

Watercolor Lettering Art, arrows and flowers, Grow Creative

I created all of these a few weeks back.  I had someone interested in a blog header with lettering and I have to tell you........... lettering scares me!  I used to be really good at cursive, like back in 1st grade.  But then I quit writing that way and now it scares me to have to paint letters.  I needed some more practice, so I created these and a whole bunch of rejects.  These are the best of what I made.

You can download the one below for free- it was a giveaway from my shop anniversary :)

Watercolor Lettering Art, arrows and flowers, Grow Creative
Watercolor Lettering Art, arrows and flowers, Grow Creative
Watercolor Lettering Art, arrows and flowers, Grow Creative

Lots of frenchy stuff  (I love that language!) and arrows with flowers.  But my fav is the one below because it comes from my heart.  This is exactly how I feel about children and I wish everyone in the world felt that way too.  You don't realize just how great a gift children are until you can't have them. As I contemplate adoption or foster care in the future, I am surprised to learn how much children are taken for granted and even abused.  So, readers, cherish and love your kids!  You can find so much joy in them, I promise!

Watercolor Lettering Art, arrows and flowers, Grow Creative

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How to Paint Watermelons with Potato Stamps

watercolor watermelon stamps: grow creative
watercolor watermelon stamps: grow creative

August is here and so are the tastiest watermelons!  

Want to paint some?  Just grab a potato and some paint.  I used my favorite paint- watercolors, but this would work with acrylics too.

Materials:
watercolor or acrylic paint
jar of water
paintbrush
potato
watercolor paper

Step 1:  Cut your potato in half width wise, the in half length wise.  The end of the potato should be a semi-circle.  You can also cut that piece in half to create a triangle shape on the end.  


watercolor watermelon stamps: grow creative


Step 2:  Spread pink paint over the cut end with your brush and quickly press down to your paper. Hold for a couple of seconds and remove.  You now have the flesh part of your watermelon slice painted!
watercolor watermelon stamps: grow creative

Step 3:  Paint around with bottom edge of the pink semi-circles or triangles with green paint to create the rind.  You can vary the shades of green to make it interesting :)

Then, when that paint is dry, lightly paint in some seeds with little black dots.  This part is optional.  I think I like them with and without the seeds.  So you choose!

watercolor watermelon stamps: grow creative
watercolor watermelon stamps: grow creative

Monday, August 3, 2015

Photos of the Week

These are actually last weeks photos, but who's counting?  I had to have some time to process all of these since getting back from the Grand Tetons in Wyoming.  And.... I had an insane amount of laundry and sleep to catch up on- so here ya go!

Landscape and Nature Photos from Grand Teton National Park: Grow Creative
Landscape and Nature Photos from Grand Teton National Park: Grow Creative

I have to thank my sister-in-law for this one.  I finally have a picture of me in action!

Landscape and Nature Photos from Grand Teton National Park: Grow Creative
Landscape and Nature Photos from Grand Teton National Park: Grow Creative

We cruised on a little boat on Jackson Lake.  Best thing ever!!!

Landscape and Nature Photos from Grand Teton National Park: Grow Creative

And the park fox was so obliging....... my first photo of a fox!

fox:growcreative

Even though my energy fizzled out on me halfway through this trip, it was the best thing for me. Being out in beautiful nature exploring the wonders of the world.  If I can do this for the rest of my life I will be a happy woman :)