Art and Positive Thinking

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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!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Hey Diddle Diddle Was Positively His Favourite!

My son turned 24 on the 7th of April.  He is now a father and many memories of him as a young child are flooding back to me.

When my eldest son was a wee one, we always read bedtime stories to him.  He never wanted to sleep in his own bed and would sneak into ours in the middle of the night.  To try to get him to stay in his own bed, I would read many stories to him.  His favourite nursery rhyme was Hey Diddle Diddle. First I would read the rhyme to him and then I would sing and then eventually hum the song to him to get him to fall asleep.  He could barely talk, but he could say the ending of each line.  It was so cute to hear him say, "To see such sport."

I have to admit, many timesI would fall asleep before he did.  He when he got older he would say, "Mom, wake up, you fell asleep again!"

This is another visual journal entry that I have created in the re-purposed book that I am giving as a gift to my my new granddaughter, who is moving with her parents to the San Francisco, USA.  The pages were first layered in acrylic paint that was wiped from my brushes as I was painting a picture celebrating her birth.

I shared my plan with you the other day:

As you can tell, I am not very good with following my plan and decided to change things a lot.

I wanted the background to be dark as night, but still have the original colours remain like Northern Lights.  I sprayed silver Distress Spray Stain through a stencil, and to my horror, it didn't turn out so well.  I wiped some of it off and when it dried though, there remained a silvery shimmer.  It made taking a photo quite difficult, but in real life, it adds a neat touch.  Sorry for the glare.

I decided to make the moon smaller and more masculine than in my plan.  The cow ended up being very small too!  To make the moon, I used a stencil and modeling paste to make the craters.  I think the moon is my favourite part of this entry.

This little stinker was a real challenge for me.  I wanted to make the dog black like our first dog Lucky and our present dog Lucy, but then all of the eyes, nose, and paws disappeared.  Thank goodness my white pen helped me to rescue the features a little bit. Now she looks a little like a bear...oh, well.  Actually, sometimes our dogs did/do remind us of a bear with their brown eyes and fur around their necks, so maybe there is a reason it turned out this way!

The dish changed a lot too, more face than dish.  I liked making the spoon with the highlights!  I am finally figuring out how to make things look a little more dimensional!  Yippee!

I have written a message to my little granddaughter that I will also read, hum and sing to her if she needs me to.  It might not be very often in person, but with Skype, I will be able to do it more often than not.

Hey Diddle Diddle was positively my eldest son's favourite nursery rhyme.  I wonder if his daughter will enjoy it as much as he did?

Happy Paint Party Friday everyone!

I am also linking this to Art Journal Journey


  1. Absolutely gorgeous! Perhaps you would like to link to our challenge at Art Journal Journey? Hugs, Valerie

    1. Valerie-Jael, I accept your invitation!

      Thanks for the invite. I will have to visit the other artists' pages.

  2. what a lovely gift for your granddaughter incorporating your own memories of your son as a child!

    1. Thanks, it has been a wonderful adventure!

  3. Thanks for linking to us, Renee, great to have you with us at AJJ! Hugs, Valerie

  4. What a fabulous thoughtful gift...she should enjoy it so much!! I often fell asleep before my daughter too... I know many moms who have!! Life is busy with little ones!! I love the pages and the dog looks like a wire haired terrier... similar to what I had growing up only he was black! Good job!

    Hugs Giggles

  5. Wow Renee, that's going to be a forever treasure. I love all the subtle connections you've made for your son and his child/future children. I also love the rich colours and imagery you've used. Now you have to go on and make more books!. :D

  6. Wow.. such stunning pieces!
    My daughter was in the family bed also for at least 4 years..from 2 to 6... horrible time for me as she needed so much space!
    Welcome to Art Journal Joureny Renee!
    So fab to have you with us with your fantastic art!

    Happy PPF!

  7. Aww..this is the sweetest. I'm sure she'll love it as much as her Dad.

  8. Oh, it's so nice to make a journal like this for your grand-daughter. She will treasure it for years to come. And your son will too! Sorry to hear they are moving away.....

  9. Such an awesome red bird! And I also like the cat and bthe cows! :)

  10. WOW!! just super, love your cows, x

  11. Your hey diddle diddle illustration is absolutely charming. Wonderful texture. Happy PPF

  12. this is such fun art, full of history, now and forever. what a gift to have in your journal.

  13. Renée, i love that your journal spread includes part of your own life (with your son) when he was a little boy. Such a great idea. Memories like those are so precious and what a wonderful way to give them a life outside your own head (and heart). The kind of thing your granddaughter will no doubt treasure later in life. And that red bird painting. Omg... just gorgeous. xx


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