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!

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Positively Lovely Picnic Day

Summer is quickly evolving, so it was time to get out for a good old fashioned picnic yesterday.  Families gathering in circles of lawn chairs, children playing on the playground and capturing minnows and Leopard frogs, couples walking hand in hand, families of geese swimming together, my son and I kayaking while my husband read and slept under the shade of a great Plains Cottonwood tree, all made this a positively lovely picnic day!

I finally made time to sketch in my journal!  How fun, how relaxing, how peaceful!

Doesn't the frog look at peace too?

Posing for me, I called two little boys over to see the frog.  They said it was their first time to see a real frog!  Every time I see a frog it is like the first time for me!  Rib-bit!

Lately, the only fish we catch are ones we find abandoned by other people.

This a Way and That a Way

 I like how these three Canadian Geese are all lined up diagonally.

These geese are showing off for the camera, splashing about making a statement.  
They agree it was positively a lovely picnic day!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Positively Kayaking Through the Clouds

I had my head in the clouds last night when we travelled to Bullshead Reservoir to kayak.  I have never been there before, but have driven by it many, many times!  By the time we arrived, the sun was preparing itself for its nightly rest.  We had a magical night show.

 I knew it was going to be a spectacular night when the first to greet us was a little frog.  The second glance was two little fishing boats, the people quiet, lounging, fishing and then... a pelican flew over!

The beautiful thing about this place is that no gas motors are allowed, so there aren't any big waves to fight from huge motorboats, waterskiers and there are no crazy skidooers to watch out for.  It is so peaceful and safe there.

Immediately upon arrival, and a few strokes into the water, I pulled out my new little waterproof camera and began to figure out how to take night time photos.   I spent some time visiting a gopher nibbling on some sweet clover!

The reservoir is surrounded by the Cypress Hills, fields and appears to be a tiny little pond, but once I proceeded on my journey, the reservoir is quite expanse.  There are many little ravines and there is even an island.  It is quite shallow in some places, and you can catch trout!

I was able to follow a family of grebes, muskrats and fortunately, PELICANS!

One by one the pelicans took turns leaving the shore to form an August full moon parade!

It was a pleasure to watch the full moon wake up from his daily rest!

 It is one of those nights that you can't help but shed a tear or four with all of the beauty!

I felt like I was kayaking through the clouds towards the end of the night, the water so still and reflecting the grand colours and designs of the beautiful Alberta August night sky!

I hope that one day you can also kayak through the Alberta clouds like me!

Here is a little video about what we can learn from nature: