Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Watercolor Radishes

I'm revisiting my radishes theme from a few years ago.........................

Original Watercolor Radishes Paintings by Elise Engh: growcreative
Original Watercolor Radishes Painting by Elise Engh: growcreative

Radishes are just one of those vegetables that have a fun shape to paint.  I wish I could buy veggies with the exclusive purpose of painting them, but I need the nourishment, so I have to eat them too (they actually aren't that bad with ranch).

I tried out some lettering with one of them.  I've been working on my handwriting skills............still needs some work.

Original Watercolor Radishes Painting by Elise Engh: growcreative

See these both in my Shop:
Six Radishes
Maroon Radish with Lettering



Monday, January 25, 2016

Recycled Watercolor Heart Collage

Watercolor Paper Hearts: grow creative

I'm purging my old watercolor experiments and getting my new art room organized, which means.............more recycled watercolor painting projects!

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I cut hearts out of my old paintings and stuck them on the wall in my art room in the shape of a bigger heart.  I love having a room in the house that I can experiment with and put fun stuff on the walls!

Recycled Watercolor Painting Heart Collage: grow creative
Recycled Watercolor Painting Heart Collage: grow creative

Watercolor Paper Hearts: grow creative
Watercolor Paper Hearts: grow creative

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Arc de Triomphe Watercolor

Original Watercolor Painting of Girl in front of Arc de Triomphe, Paris by Elise Engh
Original Watercolor Painting of Girl in front of Arc de Triomphe, Paris by Elise Engh

I painted this View of Paris last summer and got a request of another similar painting- this time with the girl in from of the Arc de Triomphe (also in Paris).  Here they are side by side:

Original Watercolor Painting of Girl in front of Arc de Triomphe and Eiffell Tower, Paris by Elise Engh
Original Watercolor Painting of Girl in front of Arc de Triomphe, Paris by Elise Engh

These paintings are now in the mail on the way to be used in a Paris-themed girl's room.  I wish I could see how it turns out!  As a little girl I would have loved a room like that, actually, I still would love that :)


Monday, January 18, 2016

Photos of the Week


Stuff that's making me happy this week......................................

My piano!  
A beautiful amazing gift from my parents, whom I can't thank enough.  This is the piano I learned to play on as a kid and now it's fixed up and sitting in my front room!  I'm rediscovering my love for playing music and I play everyday.  


 Blankets and Benches.  
I dug out the plaid/jean quilt I made as a teenager (that was before plaid was cool again) and set it on top of my new Ikea bench in my hallway along with my newly finished crochet hexagon afghan.  I have many furniture painting projects lined up for this year- the bench being one of them.

plaid and jean quilt: growcreative

colorful gallery wall in my family room,

blue green gallery wall

poinsettias,

poinsettias

and cactus!  
My mother is probably laughing at me for keeping a cactus in my house, but hey, I like em!

cactus house plant

What's making you happy this week?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Crochet Hexagon Afghan

This was many months in the making, but finally, the crochet hexagon afghan is done!  I am really happy with it. The colors are just perfect.

crochet hexagon afghan: growcreative

crochet hexagon afghan: growcreative

The hexagon pattern I used was adapted from a pattern from Crochet Fundamentals.  I just added a round of single crochet in white after the last row.  Then I whip stitched the hexagons together for many many hours.  That was the longest part, but it was worth the work!

crochet hexagons: growcreative

As for yarn, I used Caron Simply Soft in Pistachio, Robin's Egg, Soft Blue, Soft Green, Persimmon, Orange Orange, and Off White. I used a couple of skeins of each color. I love that super soft yarn,  It's easy on the hands while sewing and it feels so good when the blanket is all done too.

 I'm keeping this blanket out to brighten up the cold gray days of winter.  I can't wait for spring already!

crochet hexagon afghan: growcreative


Monday, January 11, 2016

Watercolor Gift Tags

Well,
gifting season is over, 
but I have this thing for recycling my watercolor experiments and mess-ups.  I can't let all that amazing color and texture go to waste!

Make colorful thrifty gift tags from recycled watercolor paintings:  GrowCreative

I used a tag from a jacket I got for Christmas as a template.  I traced, cut out, and hole-punched all those old watercolor experiments.  Now I'll have to wait for some birthdays to come around so I can use my thrifty gift tags!
Make colorful thrifty gift tags from recycled watercolor paintings:  GrowCreative
Make colorful thrifty gift tags from recycled watercolor paintings:  GrowCreative
Make colorful thrifty gift tags from recycled watercolor paintings:  GrowCreative

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Photos of the Week

Happy 2016!

I got out this morning for a short 10 minute walk by the lake.  It's all frozen and gorgeous in whites, blues, and greens.

Utah Lake Frozen Landscape Photography: growcreative
Utah Lake Frozen Landscape Photography: growcreative
Utah Lake Frozen Landscape Photography: growcreative
Utah Lake Frozen Landscape Photography: growcreative

I missed my usual photos of the week on Monday- I'm not sleeping so well these days and migraines are still an issue.  I had my last ovary removed just before Christmas and I'm still trying to adjust the hormones to the right levels.  It's tough.  But I feel like I've finally gotten rid of the Endometriosis. As soon as I woke up from the surgery, I could tell it was gone.  It's never been that dramatic of a difference before.

It took a lot of faith to make that step.  To choose to go into surgical menopause at age 31.  It was right and I've never ever regretted the steps that I took in faith.  The new year is a time of looking back, of resolving to be better in some way.  My resolution is to have unwavering faith.  To not ever let myself doubt.  To hold on with all my might to an all-knowing, loving God.

I don't always write about how much I struggle emotionally and spiritually.  It's hard to let that part of me out and it's scary to admit my true feelings and thoughts.  At times I have really just wanted to give up.  My health trials have spanned over a decade now and it's a pure miracle that I've made it this far.  But when you're in the middle of a crisis, you can't sleep and you're in incredible pain, you just want it to end.  That's all you can think about.  I've had my moments of depression.  Moments where I didn't want to live anymore because it seemed so dark.  There seemed to be no other escape.

Sometimes I've let myself dwell in that dark space.  I guess because I wanted to somehow prove that it was too much for me.  I wanted the Lord to see that He had asked too much.  But I've learned from experience that He can't help me when I choose to dwell in dark thoughts.  I have to choose the light.  I have to choose to believe that He is there even though I'm suffering.  I have to show that faith before He can work his miracles and strengthen me to bear the pain.  Every time I've chosen to believe, He gives me a greater ability to believe.  It's like a little sprout of faith that He then waters and lets grow bigger and stronger.

I feel extremely vulnerable writing such personal feelings on a public blog.  So I hope this touches someone out there.  At the very least, it helps me to heal.  So thanks for reading friends.  It's heavy stuff, but important stuff too.