Summer of Color 4- Week 6

I'm so sorry to see this wonderful Summertime challenge come to an end!  This has been so much fun to do and I only wish it lasted longer.

This week has been a difficult one for me.  I'll be honest... I did too much last week after my surgery and I have suffered because of it all this week.  I finally, finally feel better today.  God just put the kibosh on my doing anything that had to do with bending over or lifting anything because the pain was hard and fast to remind me I was supposed to rest.  So... I was forced to be good.  I did a lot of reading this week (in any and every position I could that would help me feel better.) I think I read 2 whole novels this week!

I like my last page for the summer of color week 6.  We were supposed to work with raspberry, mandarin orange, and bright yellow.  I didn't get the inspiration for a scripture or quote until today when I did my devotions.  I'm still going to be working on this page some more, but here it is for the purposes of this weeks' challenge!

I'll leave you with a quote from Stormie Omartian:

I want to always do what is right in Your sight.  Lead me, Holy Spirit, into the light of forgiveness, so that I am not stumbling in the dark. (1John 2:10-11)



Summer of Color- Week 5

Well, I don't think I made the cut-off for the weeks' drawing, but I still wanted to let you see what I had done for the week.

This week we are using Dark blue, light blue, and red as our colors.  As I had surgery on Tuesday afternoon I really couldn't do anything until yesterday.  If you're watching the weather nation-wide you know it is HOT HOT HOT in the WA Pacific NW area and I just didn't sleep well enough last night to get this posted in time.  But here is week 5.  I LOVED doing this week as these colors are fun for me to work with.  I hope you enjoy!

Can't wait to find out what our color combo is for next week.  I sure do wish this wasn't ending so soon as it's been a HUGE blessing to me while I recuperated from the 2 surgeries I've had this summer.




Summer of Color 4- week 4

This has been such a hectic week.  I told myself today I just wasn't going to be able to do this week.  Then this evening I had a bit of time to do a journal page.  I grabbed a few paints, a few papers, some little paper flowers, glue, water and breezed this little bit out real quick!!  I'll be recuperating from the spinal procedure on my right side next week so we'll see what I can come up with while I'm going crazy in bed-LOL!  Here's this weeks:

                                                 PINK-APPLE GREEN-DARK GREEN



See you all next week!


Summer of Color 4- Week Three

Another week has gone by and it's been really busy.  Last Monday when I saw what the colors were for this week I thought to myself... "How am I going to do this one."

The colors for this week are Lavender, Plum, and Grey.  None of which are colors I use except Plum for warm highlights once in awhile.  I don't have any supplies, paints, fabrics, or trims in these colors.  What's more, I have no money to go out and buy supplies.

Enter: getting ready for a garage sale.  My husband went to Wyoming at the end of last summer to empty a storage locker that we had left behind when we moved back to the Pacific Northwest.  I would say a good 60% of my art supplies were left behind and I haven't seen them for about 4-5 years.  We've been slowly going through the boxes getting ready for a neighborhood garage sale in July.  As I went through still MORE mixed media supplies I found a few papers and paints that I could possibly use to squeak by for this week's colors.


It doesn't match the colors perfectly, but it'll have to do for this week!

If you want to see some more awesome artwork for this week,  just click on the link on the right side of my blog and it'll take you to the main site where you can see more!  Thank you so much for stopping by, and ESPECIALLY for leaving such wonderful comments for me!  I appreciate it so much!!



Summer of Color 4 - Week 2

Our colors for this week are coral and teal with bright white.  The examples of this color combo have been WONDERFUL by all the participants and I really hope you get a chance to visit some of the blogs.  Just click on the SOC4 button on the right sidebar to go to the home site and start visiting the blogs!  You WON'T be sorry!  Here's my work for this week.


I achieved the color coral by mixing a warm yellow with magenta and adding a touch of orange.  I can't wait to see what the color combo is for next week!!!

I also completed a journal page this week and I thought I'd share it with you.  It was a quick sketch and the watercolor painting is a bit tight, but I'm happy with it.  I'm trying to get looser in my painting  (it's my goal for the summer!).

I'm working on this.  It's not done yet.  I'm not sure what it needs but it's just telling me it isn't finished yet.  I'll post again when I figure out what it needs to complete it!

And last but not least, I finished this mixed media piece for a friend.  She and I did an art trade and this is what I created for her.

It's all hand stitched and beaded and took quite awhile to finish.  Then I attached it to a canvas that I had covered in lace and painted a light shade of turquoise.  I'm so happy with the way it turned out and it was really hard to send it off to a new home!!!

See you next week!


Summer of Color 2014- week one

Week one is over and I had so much fun creating art in this color scheme:

I had a little trouble with the hot pick color as it's not usually a color I gravitate towards, but I managed to find a bit to add to the two pieces I did this week.

The first piece I made was a fabric art piece.  I hand-sewed the little quilt-let and then attached it to a lace covered  canvas painted a a warm yellow with hints of pink added while wet.  I love mixing the fabric and paint medias together so much!



If you want to play along there are quite a few more weeks to go!  Just click on the button on the right hand side bar to take you to the website that will tell you all about it!  AND  You can find many more sites to visit with artwork in any medium you can imagine using this color scheme this week.  I had so much fun doing this and can't wait to find out what the color scheme will be for next week!!!




I have a couple of fun things that I'm doing this summer.  One is the wonderful  Summer of Color.  It's completely free!  There will be a color prompt each week and the best part is you can use any medium that you like to work in to participate!  There is a Facebook group and a Flicker group to share with everyone what you've done!!  It's just starting so you won't have to catch up on anything.  FUN FUN FUN!

If you're interested in joining just click on the button on the right side-bar and have some easy color fun this summer!!!  Free

The other thing that I've been involved in for the past 3 weeks is "Sunday Mornings" a FREE group that it hosted by Mindy Murphy Lacefield.  It has been a huge HUGE blessing to me.  I have never been involved in a better group project in my life!  Check it out and join the fun.  Some people have just started (me included) so you won't be behind at all.  FREE!!


I hope to see you in one of these groups this summer.

                                                              HuGe HuGGs!


Restructuring my blog~

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I'm busy getting my blog restructured.  The first thing I need to do is change from Google friend connect to Bloglovin.  So, please excuse this posting for that purpose.

I'm participating in a blog hop in a few days and will be talking about the current book I'm reading and something good that it's teaching me.  So stay tuned for that.  My circle of "Flying Sisters" will also be talking about books they are reading and the whole blog hop will be awesome!!

My thoughts and prayers and with you all and especially  BIG HUGGS!! ~  Debi


The Greatest of these is LOVE~

Today is our blog circle again and this time we are talking about a favorite quote.  Here is the quote I've chosen for today~

"it is good to love many things, for therein lies strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much,  and what is done with love is well done."
-      van gogh-

I had a completely different quote to talk with you about today.  In fact… I almost had my post for this blog circle done last weekend.   I had created some artwork with a joyous springtime quote to go along with it; something fun, lighthearted, fluffy even.  

But that was before Monday.  Before two bombs were placed at a joyous event and set off to create death, mayhem, and dismemberment.  Horror beyond belief was what I was left with Monday

I was thinking about Spring.  How much I love this time of year.  I love to go outside each day and see the progress that 24 hours has brought to all the growing things outside.  What’s new, what's beautiful, what's blooming, or just poking it’s new head up out of the ground.

But that was before Tuesday.  That was before someone sent an extremely toxic and poisonous substance to some of our country’s leaders.  It was before a horrendous tragedy happened in Texas yesterday.  Before an explosion took out half of a town… where it caused mayhem, death, and injury.

Here’s the painting I finished on Sunday evening.  Yes, I’m still going to share it, because this was the LOVE I felt on Sunday.  

"it is good to love many things, for therein lies strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much,  and what is done with love is well done."
-      van gogh

In the Bible it says that Love covers a multitude of sins.  It says in the Bible that Faith, Hope, and Love abound, these three, but the greatest of these is LOVE. 

Are we born inherently good, or inherently evil??  I know for myself that I am inherently selfish.  I know that if I don’t CHOOSE love consciously, that I will sub-consciously choose selfishly for myself.  It’s part of the human condition.  So, today, I choose love.  I choose love consciously.  And I hope that when I open my eyes tomorrow morning that I will consciously choose love again; And again, the day after that.

I know this post is heavier than anything I’ve ever written before. Maybe it’s because I’ve been sick for the past two days and I’m weak and kind of out of it.  I think it’s because I have been reminded again that Love is what makes life beautiful and bearable.

Ephesians 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,


Click on the link to go to the next blog in our circle!


What's Love Got To Do With It?

This month, for our blog circle, we're going to be talking about "love".  I'm sure you are going to get a lot of different viewpoints on that word if you follow along with the whole circle... and I really hope you will.  

So what am I going to talk about??  Well, this month my art has taken a new turn and I'm loving every minute of it!!  I'm trying to get a little looser in my approach to my artwork.  What I share with you today may not be as loose as I want to eventually get... but I'm moving in that direction.  We've had a few wonderful, warm, sunny days this month and it's made me yearn for spring.  So, a lot of my work is spring-like in nature.  And, I'm embracing the folk art, whimsical side of me a bit more.  To add that added "LOVE" element,  I've found some quotes on love that I want to share with you!

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu

She lovingly gives her passion, and her beauty only grows with the passing years. 

Follow your heart; it knows things your mind cannot explain.

They asked me what I loved most about my life. I smiled, and said you.

Breathe it all in, love it all out.

If what you see by the eye doesn’t please you, then close your eyes, and see from the heart. Because the heart can see beauty and love more than the eyes can ever wonder.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu

“You know that place between sleep and awake? The place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”
— Peter Pan

I hope you enjoyed seeing my artwork and reading some of these quotes on "love".  Now, you can hop on over to Chandra's blog and read what she has to share about love!  

Love and HuGGs!


New Beginnings~

I am again a part of a blog circle.  Our theme this month is "Beginnings".  So, what am I beginning that I can share about!?

First off, I am a part of LifeBook 2013.  I'm looking for a vision this year and I'm hoping that by regularly writing and creating art in my journal I'll learn which dreams and visions to hold on to and which ones to let go of.  I recently took a course by Kelly Rae Roberts about starting a business and online presence.  It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  I learned so much that there are times the thoughts are racing around my head like a hamster on a wheel!!!  I also made some of the most amazing friendships from that class.  Friendships that are still touching my life daily.  There are some days I don't know what I'd do without them!!!

The Artist's Way 

I'm also committed to going through the book "THE ARTIST WAY" by Julia Cameron.  I read this book a L O N G time ago when it first came out.  My life was overflowing with daily struggles and for one reason or another I never truly embraced what I'd learned and soon the principles (like morning pages) fell by the wayside.  Just when I was starting to see a breakthrough I stopped writing them and never got back to them again.  So, starting this process all over again from the beginning is my goal for this year.

I'm learning more about my word of the year, "LIGHT" each day and this month my visual for this word is this photo:

I want to be a raging fire.  I want to be burning so bright that travelers will be able to see the light of my fire from a long ways off.  I want them to be able to find me, sit a spell with me in front of my fire, and share the burdens of their heart.  I want to warm them with my love.  That is my goal and vision for my One Word this month!

And last, but not least, I have re-Begun a new painting.  It's a new painting from an old painting.  I started this very large painting several years ago and then abandoned when I felt no creative urge to finish it.  I found it in the garage while putting away all the Christmas decorating boxes.  I decided to take it in and finish it.  But when I got it inside and lived with it for a week or so I decided I didn't like it at all anymore.  My skills have grown so much in the past couple of years that I've outgrown everything about this painting.  So, thank God for gesso, I put several coats of gesso on it with texture.  Now I'm starting the canvas all over again with a totally and completely different idea.  And it's saving me money!!!  So I'll be posting progress on that project which will probably take awhile as the canvas is large.

That's about all for now.  I hope you take the time to travel our blog circle and read about the beginnings of my wonderful friends from Kelly Rae Roberts class.  The next one on the list is NAZ. Just click on Naz's name!!!   I hope you enjoy reading about all our "BEGINNINGS" this month!!



Monday, Monday

Well, I did intend to write more often on my blog, but I figure if I write on here twice a week I'll be doing much better than I did last year!!

It's now week 2 in Life Book 2013 and I've barely finished the art for week one.  I figured I'd better get this picture up here so you can see at least a little bit of progress.  We were supposed to create a piece of artwork depicting our Fairy Art Mother or Father.  Part two was to create a piece of artwork showing our mode of transportation on our journey of 2013.  I'm just about done with that one, but it's too wet to take a picture of.  So here is my Fairy Art Mother.  She's surrounded by a tree and leaves (one of my favorite things to put in my artwork!).  She's carrying a heart to remind me of how much I'm loved.  My word for the year 2013 is "LIGHT" so there are some lights on in the background.  This is my year to "FLY" and so I've adopted the symbol of a bird.  I was feeling a bit whimsical when I sketched her out so she has a bit of a "FOLK" art feel about her.  I hope you enjoy!  See you soon with my "Journey" piece!!



ONE WORD for 2013

This will be my first year choosing one word to explore and grow with during the next year.  I've always done resolutions, but often failed to see them through.  I think I'm in agreement with many others in my circle that choosing a word to embrace throughout the year may be a bit more positive rather than trying to "fix" something wrong with me by making a resolution.

So, this year I chose the word "LIGHT".  Actually, I think it chose me because I kept running across this word all month long.  So it seemed natural for it to be "MY" word for the next year.  In studying my word here are a few things I ran across on the Internet.


something that makes things visible or affords illumination
a gleam or sparkle, as in the eyes.
spiritual illumination or awareness; enlightenment.
mental insight; understanding

kindle; ignite.
to give light to; furnish with light or illumination
to cause (the face, surroundings, etc.) to brighten, especially with joy, animation, or the like
to guide or conduct with a light.   

bring to light, to discover or reveal
come to light, to be discovered or revealed
hide one's light under a bushel, to conceal or suppress one's talents or successes.
in (the) light of, taking into account; because of; considering
light at the end of the tunnel, a prospect of success, relief, or redemption
see the light, shed / throw light on, to clarify; clear up

I'm really looking forward to the many facets of the work "LIGHT" and how I will grow in the coming year using it as guidance!  May you all have so MANY blessings in the coming year!  I see a lot of changes and growth coming my way and I'm excited to share them with you!

Now continue on to my Flying Circle sister Wendy Poling!


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