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, July 26, 2015

Home is Positively Where My Heart is!

Home is positively where my heart is!  We have had some glorious July summer skies!

I don't have to travel far from home to see beautiful sights.  There are beautiful things all around me!

At first sight, this brown dragonfly did not look that interesting.  But upon closer inspection, I have discovered it is beautifully coloured with reds, purples and blues!

Home is positively where my heart is!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Cypress Hills are Positively Wondrous!

Both the Alberta and Saskatchewan sides of the Cypress Hills are positively wondrous! 

The dense forests of fresh clean air...

the wildlife...

the marine life...

the lakes...

the rocks...

the flowers...

The Cypress Hills  are  positively wondrous!

A side note: The roads leading to the Alberta and Saskatchewan side are both very bumpy.  They sort of reminded me of bronc riding!  The Saskatchewan roads have been patch-worked like a quilt!

Happy weekend!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer is Positively Rainbows

Well, we have been hoping for rain, and our wish has come true.  The short rain storm brought beautiful double rainbows!  I stood in the rain and got all muddy, but it was positively worth it!

View from our windshield!

It looked like we could find both ends of the rainbows.  My grade ones asked me earlier in the year if I found the pot of gold, when I showed them pictures of rainbows from previous years.  I always feel like I find pots of gold when I see rainbows, especially double rainbows!

Summer is positively rainbows!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

She Positively Makes Me Smile...

Having a granddaughter is such a wonderful privilege. She makes me smile, laugh, dream and makes me feel playful!

 Here is another visual journal spread that I created in a re-purposed novel which is going to be a gift for my little granddaughter! I highlighted words from the pages in the novel to inspire me for the entry. I used gesso, watercolour paint, gelatos, a photograph, stencils, felt markers, a lid from toothpaste and a Q-tip to create the layers.

 My little granddaughter has a tendency to stick out her tongue in photos, so I just had to include her photo on this page! She positively makes me laugh and smile all of the time!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Positively Completed, #jfj15for30

Wow, now that I finally have a few moments and my internet is sort of working, I am able to post the completed art challenges that I participated in from the Journal Fodder Junkies.  The challenge was to create art in my visual journal for 15 minutes a day for 30 days. What a wonderful challenge it was!

I was introduced to new techniques and reintroduced to familiar but forgotten techniques.  Even though it is the craziest time of year to join an art challenge with report cards, field trips, a photography job for a nursing reunion, yard work, and other school stuff, I challenged myself to complete this challenge.

It helped me to focus, and prevented me from sleeping in exhaustion my entire June.  I found myself motivated to do other things as well with the energy this challenge created within me, such as practice the piano and guitar, organize my art supplies and plant some flowers in some forgotten deck pots.  Wow, who knew art could be such a powerful motivator?  I guess that is what happens when you clear out the brain clutter onto a page in your journal.

In the back of my journal, I made a list of all of the techniques that we were to try.  The great thing is the challenge introduced me to  techniques and not themes, so I never knew where the techniques were going to lead me to in the way of reflection.

30 Days of Challenges:
  1.  Watercolour backgrounds
  2. Squares and Rectangles
  3. Collage
  4. Words
  5. Circles
  6. Straight lines
  7. Fills
  8. Stencils and templates
  9. Free writing
  10. Watercolour pencils
  11. Windows and doors
  12. Watercolour textures
  13. Make lists
  14. Personal fodder
  15. Spirals, swirls and squiggles
  16. Observational drawing
  17. Painting with markers
  18. Shading and depth
  19. Page Cuts
  20. Coloured paper
  21. Masking
  22. Operative words
  23. Painting with string
  24. Tracings
  25. Self-portraits
  26. Translucent surfaces
  27. Tearing
  28. Drawn Text
  29. Connections
  30. Reflection
My Visual Journal

Watercolour backgrounds, squares and rectangles, words

collage, words, watercolour background, circles, straight lines, fills

watercolour background, words, stencils and templates, make a list, watercolour pencils watercolour textures

freewriting, circles, squares, rectangles, windows, textures, swirls

personal fodder, circles, squares, rectangles, watercolour textures, fills, freewriting

swirls, coloured paper (maps), painting with markers, words, operative words, windows

windows, personal fodder, squiggles, paint with string, words, fills, rectangles

shading and depth, operative words, words, personal fodder

tracings, operative words, textures, observational drawing

masking, tracing, observational drawing, personal fodder, words

observational drawings, translucent surfaces, tracing, watercolour background, words

connections, textures, fills, circles, squares, words, watercolour pencil, stencils, paint with markers, drawn text, shading and depth

reflection, cutouts, door, personal fodder


personal fodder, reflection

I am positively finished the challenge, but I am not finished with the techniques I learned in the challenge.  Now to figure out what other ways I can use the techniques I learned.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Police Point Park is a Positively Perfect Place to Walk!

Police Point Park is a Positively Perfect Place to Walk!  I have been walking daily and one of the places I visit is Police Point Park.

A part of the park is forest and part is prairie that is surrounded by sun-kissed clay cliffs and our river.  It is a host to many animals and plants and trees.

 Police Point Park is a positively perfect place to explore, reflect, meet with good friends and to make new acquaintances.

Monday, July 13, 2015

July is Positively Here!

July is positively here. We finally took our camper to the lake and I kayaked for hours.  I purchased a new kayaking PFD with my birthday money, and boy, am I ever happy I did.  No more ride ups, squishy breasts, and  a sweaty back.  This PFD is made for women, bigger on the top and way more adjustable than my last one.  There is mesh like material that let's the air through, making it way more comfortable in the +35 degree sunshine!

I was fortunate enough to find two different families of ducklings and a happy pod of pelicans.  

I think I scared the poor little ducklings of the first duck family half to death.  I kayaked into an area that was so shallow from the drought and irrigation, few people would be able to journey there.  The tiny ducklings swam for their lives through the weeds and even dove under the water only showing the wee tip of their tails or their tiny top of their cute little heads.

The second family of ducklings was commanded to march single file and follow the parade marshal to safety.  Don't they know I would never think to harm them?

I played tag with this pelican.  It would land in the water, I would kayak over to it and it would lit back its original position, the little stinker.

I did manage to locate a pelican pod of twelve, enjoying the sunshine with Canadian Geese, magpies, pipers and sea gulls.  They allowed me to watch them for quite sometime before they got suspicious and lit off into the direction that I started my journey at.

Over two days, I probably kayaked for over 6 hours.  On the second day, I had to go slow, my arm muscles being tight from day one and a very lumpy camper mattress.

I can't wait to kayak again on Wednesday!  I wonder what positively wonderful July discoveries I will make?