October Rain October 2, 2015

October comes in

With big buckets full of rain

Studio warm, dry.

Art Prescription:  I love the sound of rain on my studio roof. So soothing as I lay down watercolor washes. Big clouds hover over North Carolina, but looks the hurricane is going out to sea. Fall is upon us…nice cool weather.

Index card with pen and ink and colored pencil:

Index card October rain

Pasture Sun Set September 18, 2015

On the other side

Of the pasture, the sun sets

Cool mist over ground.

Art Prescription:  I went out to the farm to meet the farrier so Finn could get his “pedicure.” After two busy RN days, a chance to slow down and enjoy the horses was a welcome situation.  I stayed until the sun began to sink on the horizon. Gazing out on a field of happily grazing horses is peace for my soul, beauty for my eyes, quiet for my ears, and love for my heart.

Watercolor 5 x 7

Horses Sunset

Flock September 7, 2015

Birds of a feather

Flock together, so they say

Know where you belong.

Art Prescription:  Remember the clicks in high-school where you were struggling to fit in? As adults, I think we struggle with this issue. Life is like a river, constantly moving and changing, going with the flow. Birds seem better than us at knowing who they want to fly with. For them it’s simple. It’s mutual support.

Colored pencil and pen and ink on index card:

Flock

Adult Color September 4, 2015

A thing of beauty

In the eye of beholder

Color in your world.

Art Prescription:  The Art Prescription Deck: A Dose of Coloring Inspiration is about ready to launch. I picked up some samples today and here is my colored piece. I can’t wait to see how others choose to color! The deck will come with a set of 12 pen and ink illustrations drawn from life at the North Carolina Botanical Garden with joy by me. My hope is for this product to benefit the health of many.

Art Prescription Deck 1  Art Prescription Deck Zinnia color

Sea Horses August 27, 2015

Someone to swim with

Come along by my side and

We will live big life.

Art Prescription:  You can look at your days, weeks, months, years, in one of two ways. One, with total gratitude for all that you are and your health, and all that you have. Or two,  a glass half empty all the time, focusing on every little hang nail that comes your way. Wow! Now that’s some deep decisions! Swim….

Watercolor on 140 lb watercolor paper:

Sea Horses

Girl with the Yellow Umbrella August 17, 2015

Fabric from Paris

She flows with tide, girl with the

Yellow umbrella

Art Prescription:  Girl on the beach take 3…or I lost count. Not satisfied with the final watercolor, again my colors muddy. So I paper collaged with torn pieces from other not so great watercolors. I kind of like the mixed media end product. A good example of how no work is ever wasted. I save every piece that should be filed in the trash. And weeks or months later I see that piece has the perfect color I need for a collage…let her rip!!

Watercolor background with torn paper:

Yellow Umbrella