Art and Positive Thinking

Welcome to my Renee Loves Art blog!

My focus is exploring, creating and reflecting upon the positives of life and connecting them to my art whether it be photography, pen and ink drawings, watercolour paintings, mixed media, digital media or any other possible media I dive into!

I hope you join me on my art adventure!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Positively a Naughty Kitty

Spring is in the air, even though the temperatures and snow say otherwise.  Painted Smile here in this photo is full of spring fever.  This weekend while I was doing more of the lessons for my Kelly Rae Roberts on-line art course, my cat was feeling left out and jumped on the table onto my canvases.  I have about ten canvases on the go and she was thinking I was spending entirely too much time with my fingers in the paint and not enough time with my fingers in her soft, cuddly painted fur!  She has never jumped onto the table before, that I know of, and her actions were a total surprise to me!  What a positively naughty kitty!

Before painting each day, we are instructed to write an intention.  Mine for Saturday was "Listen".  Listen to the colours that are calling me, listen to my inner voice that says, "Keep going!", "Stop and think!", "Try this", "I wonder what would happen if?"  Listen to my heart!

Here are some of the canvases.  They are going to be backgrounds for future projects.  After several layers of paint,  I used bubble wrap, stencils, ink sprays, pen lids, a fork, my fingers, spray bottles, paper towels, onion bags, rubber stamps, to name a few techniques!

The next step was to pick my favourite canvas and then start to collage, to make decisions quickly and place the paper within three seconds.

I chose a quote from Anne of Green Gables, two old atlas pages, some scrap booking papers, sheet music, a paper doily and a page of Chinese book, and an antique card. 

The next step was to use painting techniques to start to integrate the collaged papers into the background.  We were to choose two colours from the collaged papers that are calling us.  I chose the orange and green colours from the map.

The next step is too add another layer of collage, then paint, and keep adding layers until it is no longer fun, telling you it is time for another layer or it is time to stop!

Here I added two Canadian stamps, some rubber stamps, two shells, a starfish, another bird and a few more painting techniques.

The next stage is to create a horizon by using paint, collaged papers or ribbon... I am still deciding if I want to use ribbon and lace.  What do you think?

Once the horizon line is established, I will decide what words I will add and add finishing touches.  My ideas came to a screeching hault when I spilled my favourite blue ink all over my art table...  You will see that now many of the canvases have the blue.  I couldn't waste the ink and throw it out.  I even saved the paper towels to use in my collages at a later date.  I am sure my positively naughty kitten was watching me, secretly thinking, serves her right that the ink spilled, she has spent the whole day painting and ignoring me. 

Visit soon to see what final decisions I will make.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Positively Messing Around

I began by just playing around with watercolours and pen and ink in my little travel journal.  This started out as random strokes of red that filled my whole page, but then I had to turn them into flowers.  I  also I decided to add some blue strokes and turned them into birds.  Next, I cut off some of the strokes and glued the page down to the next page in my journal.  I painted a plain blue background and then added some rocks and plants. Finally, I had to add trees.  This looks like a child's illustration.   Nothing wonderful, but fun none the less.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I Positively Live a Life That is Good, By the River

I prepared you yesterday to get on your rubber boots, I hope you remembered to put them on before clicking on this link!  This is the last post of "I Positively Live a Life That is Good" and these photos were taken at the South Saskatchewan River.

I don't know what these footprints below belong to, but I am sure if we encounter it we will find out in a hurry!

Well, I am glad you made it through the puddles and mud, but wasn't it worth it?

Above our heads, grass in the willows remind us of the flood we had last June!

Hoodoos on top of the cliff watch the river below.

In the east, cliffs of red proudly stand.

Trees lean in to hear the past's hidden secrets whispered by the cliff. across the mostly frozen river water.

Trees farther down the path giggle as the cool wind tickles their branches.

Cottonwood trees gracefully and hauntingly bend to the capture the echoes from the dale.

Branches curve and snap creating a broken heart of loves lost long ago.

The sunlight reflects cheerfully off of the winter ice.

Well, my five and one half hour adventure is done.  I hope you enjoyed the series of photographs throughout this week.  Follow me down the path, we will walk in the tall grass to clean off our muddy rubber boots, and then we will head to my home for a delicious cup of honey lemon tea to warm up our chilled bones.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I Positively Live a Life That is Good, By the Pond

I positively live a life that is good, continues from my Saturday adventure, which took place down the road to a large pond that was created near the river for fishing and kayaking.

With the above zero temperatures, mud is everywhere.  The mud even proved to be too much for the geese.  I saw one slip in the mud, just like I did!

Around the corner, in the middle of the pond, ice still remains.  I have never seen geese standing on one leg before!

Pairs of geese are throughout the land.  Many geese remain here throughout the winter.  When I was a little girl, geese always migrated south!

I am sure I heard this goose chant, "I think I can, I think I can!"

Summer leaves poke their heads through ice crystals.

Patterns in the road created by frozen water.

I positively live a life that is good, by the pond.

Put on your rubber boots and join me tomorrow for positively living a good life down by the river!

Monday, March 17, 2014

I Positively Live a Life That is Good, Down the Road

I positively live a life that is good continues today just down the road from where I live.

Black birds and Canada Geese performed for me.

The ditches harboured a few surprises, and although a bit sad and gruesome, they did tempt my curiosity and camera.

Coyote Nose

Coyote Teeth

Power lines with glass disks sparkle against the deep blue sky.

Across the road from this lovely wetland, a field of gold contrasts the white fluffy clouds in the deep blue sky!

Don't you agree that I positively live a life that is good, when just down the road I can enjoy these views?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I Positively Have a Life That is Good, By the Irrigation Canal

Yesterday I spent five and a half hours alone, exploring places within a fifteen minute drive east and west of my home in the country.  Two of the places I visited were places I have driven by numerous times, but have never stopped and took the time to examine them closely.  One place I have visited many times and every time I visit, there always seems to be something new that attracts my attention.

For some people, being alone is scary, but for me, I enjoy solitude, especially when I am in nature with my camera.  It was a bright day with a winter chill in the air, and the kind of wind that can give earaches.  One moment it was cold and I had my winter coat zipped up fully, my toque pulled down, my scarf tightly wound around my neck and my winter gloves comforting my fingers.  In the next minute, my toque was in my camera bag, my scarf loosened, my gloves hanging at my side and my zipper unzipped.

I was grateful for my rubber boots. They were happy to accompany me through the prairie, up and down grassy hills and through red shale paths covered in temporary ponds.

The clouds every changed and formed patterns I have never witnessed before.

Patterns, lines and textures created naturally attracted my attention, as my favorite music on my iPod provided a wonderful soundtrack to my day.  One song that shuffled into play was "A Life That is Good".  I get goosebumps and tears in my eyes every time I hear it.  Yesterday was no exception.  I first heard the on the television show called, "Nashville".  Lennon and Maisy Stella sing it in heavenly harmony and the words stir my emotions.

Since I have five and a half hours worth of photos, I will share them throughout the week.

As you can see, I positively have a life that is good.