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!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Positively Enjoyable Afternoon With My Son, Black and White Day 4 and 5



This is the final day of the black and white challenge, but I have to admit, I will probably be taking more black and white photos because this was really fun.

The day began as an early day with my husband leaving really early in the morning to watch a rodeo. Wide awake, or so I thought, I got out of bed to catch up on a few shows that I had waiting for me on my PVR. I found myself dozing off for a long fall nap.  I awoke at 1:30 PM!  Say what? That happened to me two weekends in a row.  I am usually an early riser, but for the last four weekends have found myself up really late, so I guess, I needed the sleep.

When I looked outside, the wind was blowing at a pretty high speed, so I convinced myself to stay inside.  By the time I finally motivated myself to get mobile, the wind was beginning to take a breather, and I decided to pop outside with my camera.

My son had just arrived with a motorcycle that my father-in-law decided to give to him.  The motorcycle has a long history on the farm, and many stories of all sorts of people's  riding adventures. Jeff's 80 year old grandma, Nana, piggybacked on the back of it one night.  We will not mention what happened, but let's just say, we all went running to see if she was okay.



Just before our wedding, Jeff and I crashed up against a bunch of rocks, left in the ditch by a farmer, and off we went, not a scratch to us, but a slight jam of my ring into my engagement ring finger.  I woke that night with a horrible pain in my left arm, all of the way up to my shoulder.  My mom took me to emergency, and it turned out to be tendinitis.  I ended up missing my University graduation.  It was very painful, I couldn't even stand driving across town for ten minutes to get to the mall, let alone driving for an hour and a half to get to Lethbridge.


Anyways, I thought it would be awesome to take some shots of my son driving the motorcycle for this black and white challenge.  I am so glad I went out.  We both rode the motorcycle and our quad for a few hours, taking turns with each, driving up and down our road and through the pasture!  What fun, and yes, we both are safe and sound!




After taking several photographs of my son with my short lens, I decided to change my camera lens to my longer lens.  As I was changing the lens, I thought I heard a bluejay, so journeyed to my backyard to take a photo of it.  To my surprise, I looked up into one of our Cottonwood trees close to my house and there was a GREAT HORNED OWL!




For a change, my timing was impeccable!  I had the right lens.  I hoped the owl would not lit from the branch before I got close enough in the low lighting.  Fortunately, my son, zooming by on his motorcycle, did not scare it off.  I signaled to him to stop and we both watched the owl look at us for a while!  AWESOME!




I feel fortunate to have a teenage son who doesn't mind spending the afternoon riding on the quad and motorcycle with his mom.




What a positively enjoyable afternoon doing my favourite things, being with my son, being outdoors, driving a quad and a motorcycle, photographing and watching my favourite bird, a GREAT HORNED OWL!  Life is good!




Thanks, Terri Mappin for the challenge!




 I really enjoyed it and the fun things that came about because of the challenge!  You inspired me to take a photo of the pesky dandelion! And I am glad I did!





Here is a fall flower for you!




Friday, October 17, 2014

Positively Lime Green and Abstract


My sister put forth a challenge for me to create abstract paintings for her teenage sons' bathroom. The only instructions were that they needed to have bright lime green accents.  It felt so good to paint for fun, mixing primary colours, painting with my fingers and other easily found items such as plastic mesh, a plastic fork, modeling paste, sequin waste, bubble wrap and a foam angled brush.




I hope they are cool enough for teenage boys and the newly decorated bathroom.  I gave them to her for a Thanksgiving gift!  She is a very kind and generous person.




It was a positively lime green and abstract experience.  I hope I get more art challenges in the future. I am running out of wall space in my own house!


Happy Paint Party Friday!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Positively Black and White, Day 3


I have an obsession over my antique Underwood typewriter.  It began when I was a child.  I was fascinated with the beautiful black typewriter and the shiny silver framed keys.  The small circles of the keys and the font appealed to my senses, and encouraged me to spend many hours typing my name and letters, and provided me with many ideas to stretch my imagination during play time.  I often had races to see how fast I could type, getting frustrated when the keys jumped or got stuck.





When I began exploring journaling, I noticed that many people were printing of messages from their computer printers with old typewriter font.  I asked my mom about the typewriter and she gladly gave it to me.  It is more convenient to use than a computer printer, and I can get instant results without having to wait for things to power up and load.  There are no jamming papers, no error messages, no plug in the battery messages!  Easy.





I took these photos a while ago, but I often find myself viewing them.  I feel like I am back in time, as a undercover reporter or a journalist.

On the day I took these photos, I had a chance, split second encounter with a great blue heron.  I remember the moment well.  On the paper, I typed a message about the encounter.




As I closely examined the typewriter that day, my imagination went wild and I started to see bird like features on the typewriter.  Can you see the resemblances?  Or am I just Loonie?




I saw a beak.



Nothing beats the bends and curves of this little beauty!





I saw wings. 




I saw long thin legs.





I saw wings spread out as if in flight.





This little typewriter is an important symbol to me.  I love the scars from the past, reminding us even with imperfections, we are still useful and beautiful.





I have been nominated to participate in a black and white photography challenge by a fellow blogger, Terri Mappin. I am to post one black and white photo for five days and am also to nominate a person to participate in the challenge each day.  Since it is for fun, don't feel you have to participate, but I nominate Tammie Lee today.  I hope you have fun finding things to photograph in black and white, or at least edit the photos into black and white.  After all, black and white can be positively extraordinary!



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Positively Black and White, Day 2


On the way home from my piano lesson, the sparkling fall sunlight was twinkling off of the historic St. Patrick's church and lured my eye and vehicle down the steep hill that envelopes the river valley to assist me in day two of Positively Black and White.  The clear blue sky perfectly framed the grey-white steeples, arches and windows.  I knew I had to photograph this church in monotone!





I have been nominated to participate in a black and white photography challenge by a fellow blogger, Terri Mappin. 




I am to post one black and white photo for five days and am also to nominate a person to participate in the challenge each day.  Since it is for fun, don't feel you have to participate, but I nominate Ted Gardner today.  I hope you have fun finding things to photograph in black and white, or at least edit the photos into black and white.  After all, black and white can be positively stunning!





I photographed this church last time on a freezing cold Saturday afternoon in the winter time last year, so it was a pleasure to experience this grand architecture on this warm 20 degree Celsius fall day.





This marvelous church has newly placed copper around the church, which the sunlight danced off in majestic grandeur.





I love these metaphoric steps that lead to the side door, symbolizing the long journey of life leading to the doorway to heaven in the distance.




Above the symmetrical windows of this marvelous church, newly placed copper rejoices as the setting sun sings in majestic grandeur.





Day is done, the sun is fading, it is time to cross the bridge and head home once again with ideas of tomorrow's challenge dancing in my head!

Thanks, Terri!  I am enjoying this challenge!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Positively Black and White, Day 1


I have been nominated to participate in a black and white photography challenge by a fellow blogger, Terri Mappin.  I have to admit that at this time of the year when there are so many beautiful fall colours, it is hard to think of a reason why to photograph in black and white, but I am up for the challenge.

I am to post one black and white photo for five days and am also to nominate a person to participate in the challenge each day.  Since it is for fun, don't feel you have to participate, but I nominate Michelle Mutschler for today.  I hope you have fun finding things to photograph in black and white, or at least edit the photos into black and white.  After all, black and white can be positively stunning!

The above photo was taken last Tuesday at Police Point.  The sky was stunning and repeated this cloud pattern all last week.

Well, you know me, I just can't stop at one.  Here is another photo from Police Point, looking over the South Saskatchewan River, on the same night as the first photo.



I am thankful for living near such a spectacular place to be active in and photograph!