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!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May is Positively the Month of Permission and Possibilities!

May is permission month.  Give yourself permission and time to play!  I have to, otherwise I will go crazy.  When I don't create, I feel all off balance.

May is so full of new possibilities with spring popping up more every day.  There are so many places and things to see and hear for inspiration.  

I am participating in Sketchbook Skool's a Drawing a Day Challenge.  Last Saturday's word prompt was single.  There were so many amazing signs of spring that I couldn't decide on one single thing to draw and paint, so I selected a whole punch of single things.  I am finding that my watercolour skills and confidence  are improving each week.  I only use primary colours and am learning how to mix so many colours and to have patience by letting the colours dry before adding new layers.  I am getting less browns!

Today's word prompt was "inside".  I drew a whole bunch of squares and painted them mixing a whole punch of different greens inside them.  Then I drew a circle in each square.  The task was to either draw in the circles, around them or include them.  The idea was to not think too much about the drawing, but just be free to play and experiment.  It was amazing what popped out of my head.  There was a lot stored "inside".

I hope you take advantage of the month of May and give yourself permission to do the things you love!

Happy Paint Friday!  Thank you for taking the time to respond with meaningful, specific compliments and comments.  They help me grow as an artist and thinker!

Remember to live!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

I Positively Love the Surprises Nature Brings

What is that I see lurking beneath my tree?

I am positively a nature freak.  As promised last week, here are some photos of the owlets I have been stalking for many weeks.

After taking about a hundred pictures of the one owlet, I ventured to the other side of the nest and under it to see if I could see the other owlets and perhaps find some feathers or owl pellets to show my students.

There was one!

This little one was sticking its tongue out!

There were two! We see you!

There were three little owlets!

As I bent down to pick up a feather, my eyes caught something very special and surprising.  It was one of those moments in one's life when you get that little quiver inside of you and you think to yourself that life is awesome and you have perfect timing and this once in a lifetime surprise will never ever happen again.  It was truly an "Oh, God" moment and I am so thankful to be alive to witness it.  I tried to convince my son and husband to come see the owlets, and they wouldn't.  Look what they missed out on!

Earlier, I could hear something in the grass at the base of the Cottonwood trees and thought that it was just the catkins falling from above.  Luckily, it wasn't only that, it was a PORCUPINE!  When I first spotted it, I thought it might be dead, but it MOVED!  It was trying to stay still and rest, but the dreaded ants were driving the poor thing crazy and it had to move!  Me, too!

The ants, flies, spiders and mosquitoes are out and they were annoying the owlets too!

Take a look at its teeth.  I told it, "Dude, You need to brush your teeth!"

I never realized that porcupines have such long claws.  They climb trees, so duh.

Woman, what are you doing?  I'm trying to sleep!

This whole week has been a marvelous week for nature for me.  Two Canadian geese visited on the top of my barn roof.

A duck landed in my dugout as I sat there journaling.  A robin built its nest right before my eyes. A meadow lark followed me and sang  boisterously.

Two hawks screeched and dove in front of me.  The owlets played peek a boo and a porcupine entertained me form mere metres away.

It is no wonder why I feel inspired to journal.  Here are two journal entries I did through the daily writing prompts from Sketchbook Skool.  The first word prompt was TOY.

The second and third word prompts were  kiss and favourite.  I combined them together.  On this page were random marks that I made to test out some brush markers, so I had to figure out how to integrate them into the page.  This is how it turned out!

For each prompt, I scoured dictionaries for definitions and then I randomly picked one and went for it. I love how this style of thinking leads to unlimited possibilities in my journal.  My day is so scheduled and time dependent, so my night life is the opposite, which is more more fun for me than planning things through.  Thus, I never know what surprises are positively awaiting me around the corner, under a tree or in my journal!

Remember to live!

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