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!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Positively Little Surprises

It was scheduled to rain all weekend and surprisingly, we have had days of warmth and sunshine!  I have been rising early and sitting by the dugout and have had several surprises.  A little weasel popped its head out of the long grass and said hello.  Two ducks flew in and landed very closely to me.

My weekend of surprises began Friday morning with a wonderful little gift.  A girl, who attended my watercolour workshop last week, was waiting for me outside my classroom door with her mother.  The girl and her mother told me that after the watercolour session, the girl's grandma took her to the art store and bought her watercolour paint, paper, canvases and watercolour pencils.  Every day since then, the girl had been watercolour painting.  She left me a piece of art from the heart, as a thank you for teaching her!  I gave her a big hug and told her I would display it right next to the Canadian flag in my classroom!

The surprises continued, at home. After all of these years waiting and sitting by the dugout waiting for ducks to land and swim and entertain me, it finally had happened when I wasn't even looking.  I was watercolour painting and suddenly heard a sound, and low and behold, there was a pair of ducks, splashing about and swimming towards the shore where I was seated.  Of course, my camera wasn't ready, but at least I have a good memory!

The weekend before the same thing happened, but with two Canada Geese!  I am starting to feel like a fowl whisperer!

This morning my cat had something in his mouth.  He brought it over to show me his prize.  It was this little fellow, smaller than my thumb, so I shall call him, Tom Thumb!

The white spruce tree in my side yard is displaying young purple soft cones about the size of my thumb nail.  How perfect and beautiful in pattern and texture!  The scent of spruce filled my head!

This morning what started as a little plan of meeting my sister for her birthday walk with our dogs, turned out to be a day of fun with my son, husband, mom and dad and a surprise visit with my father-law and my son's football coach. Walking, kayaking, visiting, wiener roasting and good old fashioned visiting, followed by me finding a goose egg floating in the water, all contributed to today's little surprise pleasures! I have never seen a goose egg before, nor have I held one.  It was surprisingly heavy and large. When I placed the egg in between my two hands, I couldn't totally enclose the egg.

We also had the pleasure of watching about 35 little goslings swim and play!.  So yellow and fluffy!

This long weekend has been filled with lovely little surprises!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Positively Mozart

Mozart was the first composer that I was introduced to in Grade 12, many moons ago.  The first note I heard, twisted my heart into a music rainbow, and I fell instantly in love. The movie Amadeus was in theatres, one of my best friends, a piano player, gave a Mozart music concerto performance around the same time, and another friend's dad had the soundtrack to the Amadeus movie that he copied for me on cassette.  Yes I know, now I have dated myself!

Coming from a family of country music enthusiasts,  Mozart was not a welcomed guest at first.  My mom used to cringe when I played Mozart as I was studying for college.  It had the same effect on her as my sister's heavy metal music had on her.  She told me she wanted to cover her ears and run.  Happily now, she enjoys classical music on occasion.  I guess I may have planted a musical seed in my earlier years.

I am still a huge fan, and am currently making my way through a piano book of Mozart's compositions, at the easy level.  I have been taking piano lessons for three years now, what a mental workout.  I hope Mozart doesn't mind my version of his music!

With my latest piece of art, I wanted to show you what I hear when I hear Mozart's music.  The music is Divertimento in E flat Major, for strings trio, K563: VI Allegro.

I hope you enjoy the steps.  To apply the paint, I used a variety of tools, my fingers, paint brushes, bubble wrap, pen lids, sequin waste, a spray bottle, and a fork,  to name a few.   Turning the canvas every few minutes helped me to let go and just have fun.

Here is a YouTube video with my art and the music it was inspired by!

Here are a few close-ups!

Happy Paint Friday!

I am positively grateful for Mozart and am totally inspired by his passion and gift of music!