Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
On a trip this weekend I remembered to take my camera and I am so glad I did. As the sun was going down, the sky was just amazing. The cerulean blue color, the lights and darks of the clouds and the overall shot of just beauty in a natural state. I absolutely love this shot of all the trees lined up along the horizon but the sky steals the show. Yes, it was this blue, it was not touched up or doctored in any way. What a great place to live when you can experience this only moments away from home. Feeling small today and appreciating nature in all of its wondrous forms. When was the last time you looked to the horizon? I hope you do today!
Monday, October 7, 2013
Since it begins on January 1st, this is a great time to register and start collecting supplies. Your favorite mixed media paper (watercolor, bristol, mixed media) in a 9x12 size. Tam shows you how to turn this into a lovely journal/book so you can keep all your work together for the year, really a brilliant idea to have one place for your 2014 arting I must say! Your favorite mediums - acrylics, watercolors, crayons, glues and pens, whatever you are used to using. A couple classes will call for a little extra but most encourage you to use what you have.
By using the "Life Book 2014" button on the top left of my blog, you will be linked directly to the sign up page which includes more information about the program. When you click the button through my site here, you will be helping me earn a percentage of the cost of the class. It is greatly appreciated and I wanted to say "thank you" for helping me make money at a job I love, doing art! I look forward to seeing you in class next year!
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
I am once again teaching *yes, I am pinching myself* with 21 other brilliant instructors of all mediums. I am able to give away one spot for Life Book 2014, so leave me a comment on "what winning would mean to you" and you will automatically be entered. I will be drawing the winner randomly on September 30th, good luck!!
Here are the blogs you can visit for a chance to win a free spot in Life Book 2014, good luck.
12th Sept 2013 - Tamara Laporte - www.willowing.org
13th Sept 2013 - Tascha Parkinson – www.timewithtascha.blogspot.ca
14th Sept 2013 - Lesley Riley – www.lesleyriley.com
15th Sept 2013 - Alena Hennessy - www.alenahennessy.com
16th Sept2013 - Kat McBride – www.KatCanPaint.com
17th Sept 2013 - Carla Sonheim – www.carlasonheim.com
18th Sept 2013 - Jane Davenport – www.janedavenport.com
19th Sept 2013 - Danielle Daniel – www.danielledaniel.com
20th Sept 2013 - Jennibellie – www.jennibelliestudio.blogspot.com
23rd Sept2013 - Kelly Hoernig – www.kellyhoernig.webs.com24th Sept 2013 - Micki Wilde – www.thesecrethermit.blogspot.co.uk
25th Sept 2013 - Kate Thompson – www.fracturedangelics.blogspot.com
26th Sept 2013 - Flora Bowley – www.florabowley.com
27th Sept2013 - Anna Dabrowska – www.tworzysko.blogspot.co.uk
28th Sept 2013 - Steven Speight – www.speightoftheart.com
29th Sept 2013 - Mika Diaz – www.mikadiazmixedmedia.com
30th Sept 2013 - Serena Bridgeman – www.serenarty.com
1st Oct 2013 - Dyan Reaveley – www.dyan-reavely.blogspot.co.uk
2nd Oct 2013 - Effy Wild – www.effythewild.com
3rd Oct 2013 - Carissa Paige – www.carissapaige.com
4th Oct 2013 - Marieke Blokland – www.bloknote.nl
5th Oct 2013 - Christy Tomlinson – www.christytomlinson.com
6th Oct 2013 - Traci Bautista – www.treicdesigns.com
Thursday, September 5, 2013
I received an important message today from an unexpected source. While reading my facebook page I saw someone comment about doing an interview on being brave and dreaming big and how thankful she was to be a witness. I stopped in my tracks and said out loud "I have forgotten to Dream Big!" Let me tell you, this is an epiphany and every hair on my body stood straight up as I said this out loud. I am living day-to-day in my life and planning without really thinking of a big picture, the where I'm heading, what do I really want kind of thing. So I am asking you, are you dreaming big? Oh, I sure hope so!
Friday, August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
I cropped this iris extremely close because I loved the ruffles, water drops and the extreme value difference of the lovely petals. Did you notice all that in a single glance? I sure hope so! This blue violet iris is just a plethora of inspiration to my artist side. I actually want to paint this large, I mean really large using bold directional strokes of a very limited palette. It would be a huge challenge but the outcome would be a journey of learning the curves and gentle contours from within the structure of the flower. Adding the water drops would be the final step. The step that says you are finished, you have released your energy into the canvas now just sit back and enjoy it! Who knew that one flower would evoke such passion? What is your flower today?
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Its verb meaning - to break noisily; smash.
Its noun meaning - a loud sound; an instance of crashing; collision; a sudden failure.
The sound of the waves crashing in and out of the sandy beach is almost deafening. You can feel the energy, the force it has upon arrival. It is a sound I miss hearing everyday and try to imagine it often because it soothes my mind and gives it clarity in a moments notice. This photo captures it perfectly for me. The crash in the middle of calmness, just waiting for the arrival of a surface to collide with. Its color change an indication of what it coming, like a warning sign for all to see. Can you feel it? The powerful energy heading my way is going to make a beautiful, smashing appearance. I can't wait and thank you friends for being along for the ride and new direction about to immerse!
Monday, August 19, 2013
The sun was going down along the waters edge and I just happened to notice the cloud blocking the sun setting. It looks as if the cloud is exploding with energy and I love that. All of that happening while the little cottage stood still, minding its own business, unaware of the beauty going on around it. I do hope it would have stopped you in your tracks. Watching the sun set and simply seeing the wondrous sight around you. It is the pleasures of everyday that make our life so special. Don't you agree? I sure hope so!
Saturday, August 17, 2013
This little visitor was at a rest stop along the highway. I just fell in love with the colors, the texture and all the interesting elements this little guy has on its body. Knobby antennae that almost look like twigs. A thick white patch of hair in the middle of its back. The elongated addition of tiny spikes all over. The sparkle of orange in the skin pattern mixed with a lovely shade of green. And let's not forget the wonderful terra coral of its colorful head. Mother Nature was at her easel smiling when she kept adding little touches of beauty to this tiny creature. What a smile it must have been! I don't know what kind of butterfly it turns in to but I can only imagine its beauty cannot compare to the tiny treasure beforehand.
Friday, August 16, 2013
I had forgotten about the photo I had taken at the beach in Florida. I wrote many different words and loved watching my footprints get washed away into the ocean time after time. It is a vast place, standing next to the ocean with nothing in sight but water and the horizon line. A place I feel very small but quite comfortable. The serenity I feel there is beautiful and it gives me a place to just be. I mean sit still, nurture my soul and just listen to the waves going in an out without another care in the world. Oh yeah, I am awake, on a journey, heading to a purpose - it is a glorious day - please celebrate it with me!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Some Thesaurus words for "breakthrough" - boost, development, discovery, find, finding, gain, hike, improvement, increase, invention, leap, progress, rise, step forward.
Wow, these are some powerful words! So I searched until I found the same in a photograph. The beautiful magnolia reaching, drenched in sunlight. Is there anything more radiant or glorious? I'm not thinking so. It is also such a great representation of how I feel, as if awakened and pulled from darkness letting the sun shine in and around my whole being. Bright and blinding, full of the possibilities that await my art, my creativity, my design skills. Oh yes, it is a big wondrous world we live in, I do hope you are taking advantage of its generosity!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Its noun meaning - an act or instance of breaking though an obstruction or defensive line; a sudden advance in knowledge or technique.
I have been searching for the next step in my art business for a couple years now and over the past few months, I believe I have had a tremendous breakthrough, finally. It couldn't have come at a better time. I actually have a clear schedule to just paint, paint, and paint some more. This is no small feat since I have packed myself tightly with travel teaching and online classes over the last several years.
The light, it is beginning to show once again. That little beacon that stirs my muse and makes me want to immerse myself in all things creative. The universe seems to agree because all the sudden I have been put in great company full of inspirational souls. It seems all the right people are talking to me, connecting with me, sharing ideas and their own paths with me. I didn't realize it at first, just thought it an odd coincidence but after a while, I began to realize there is a reason for them all being here at this moment and in my space. Guidance is hard for me to ask for but comes in many forms and is usually given without return. I am grateful for those who have shed some light on my strengths, creativity, uniqueness and my desire to work and follow through. Thank you for sharing yourself so generously, it will not be forgotten!
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
I am so thrilled to be sharing my first project "InCogNitO" as part of the Linnie Blooms design team! I know you will love their products which you can find here http://linda-barutha.squarespace.com/shop/
"InCogNitO" was created to show my talents of quirky meets realism and as you can see, this one hit it spot on. I am in a steampunk kind of mood lately because I am currently designing my next online e-course Steampunk Series No. 2. I just had to use the wonderful stencil by Artist Cellar and well, I let it set the tone with all of its disappearing gear edges. The wonderful canvas bird is the Linnie Blooms shape I chose to be my focal point for this tiny 7x5" canvas but I love how it commands your attention. I decided to add a human eye instead of a birds to capture your imagination and wonder if it could be possible that it may just have one like this. Surrounded by the dark color band it is all I can see and I love that! It ignites my creative juices to the unlimited color palettes this would look good in. What would you use? It's simplicity is the beauty of this alluring piece and for a step-by-step PDF please visit their website. Enjoy my first Linnie Blooms project!
Now you can find my project on the LB blog and on their websites here
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Monday, August 12, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I taught this colored pencil class at my 20th HOOT Convention this past week. It really defines my career as a decorative artist. It was the first convention I ever attended, shopping at first, buying all I could carry and treasuring each aisle of goods with anticipation. I started exhibiting my own designs 2 years later and then teaching a couple years after that. I have run the gamut of classes - drawing, business, pen and ink, creativity, sketching, acrylics, colored pencils and now, mixed media. I love the enthusiasm of students, the energy they bring into each and every class and the certain look they get when they finally "get it!" It is a thrilling exchange I have been blessed to witness over and over again for the past 15 years, one I will cherish for a lifetime. If you have ever been in one of my classes, thank you for letting me into your creative world if even just for a couple hours together, I am forever grateful!
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
I love, adore, seek out Queen Anne's lace whenever possible. Its tiny white cluster of flowers remind me of a summer snowflake. Lacy, frilled edges, a softness around the perimeter getting stronger towards the middle. This one even had a tiny magenta red center, a little surprise for those who have taken the moment for a closer inspection. What do you think was going through Mother Natures' mind when she was at her easel? Do you think she was longing for winter after the steamy, hot days of August? That is what I'm going to believe. After all, it does make me think of snowflakes and cool, crisp air!
Monday, August 5, 2013
The word for this week is cluster.
Its noun meaning - group, bunch
Its verb meaning - to grow or gather in a cluster
I picked this word after looking at the definition for the flower I photo-graphed and loved it.
Phlox - any of a genus of American herbs that have tall stalks with showy spreading terminal clusters of flowers.
The Phlox are huge this year, about 4 feet tall and their colors just say"I'm here!" I couldn't resist the vibrant color and the massive clusters throughout the garden. I love the teardrop buds just waiting to open speckled here and there amongst the blooms. I also loved the composition of this photo because of the way the bottom flower is all by itself and the dark green of the right gives me such a pretty edge to appreciate. The veining and the ever so slight touch of white in the center really helps make this a beautiful flower. Would you stop to get a closer look? I sure hope so!
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Sunday, August 4, 2013
I have been feeling small lately. Not because of anything specific. Just because I am suddenly aware of the vastness surrounding me. The bright blue skies freckled with white billowy clouds will get my attention any day. But layering them with the green lushness of the yard this year and well, it stops me in my tracks every time. I love the color palette it provides, so clean and crisp. I just want to grab my brushes and paint a landscape fast and furiously taking it all in and getting it all down to remember this specific, beautiful moment. I also want to lay on the pier and see what kind of images I can find hidden amongst the clouds. Want to come join me? I know we will find lots to discover!
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Saturday, August 3, 2013
I couldn't resist taking a photo of my favorite statue, Venus de Milo, surrounded by all the lush greenery that this year has grown. It is like a tropical jungle at our house. The gardens are overgrown, the woods seem to be creeping in every so slightly and well, there is just no way to keep up with the weeds. It is pure mayhem but the look is just spectacular. The sun was shining through here and there so I waited until her face was slightly dappled then snapped a shot. I am loving how the statues are aging, finally. Most have moss growing on them making them disappear into the background a bit more, just love that!
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Friday, August 2, 2013
The bees were crazy today, I am actually surprised I didn't get stung. They were swarming the coneflowers like they had never gathered pollen before but it was a perfect day. After a day of drizzle, the sun was out, the skies were blue and the clouds were amazing. It is really no wonder the bees were taking full advantage of it. I actually closed my eyes while shooting just to see if I could hear their excitement over their joyous discovery. Guess what? It was so loud, you would not have believed it. It was a purr, a practiced hum of work, busy work but also a great day in the garden. Close your eyes, what do you hear today? I hope it is magical!
Thursday, August 1, 2013
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Monday, July 22, 2013
Its verb meaning - to bend or cast back; to give back a likeness or image of as a mirror does; to bring as a result; to cast reproach or blame; ponder, meditate.
This little wind chime hangs from a fan in my mom's house. I am always enamored by its ability to reflect light and shadow and create a beautiful abstract piece of art. I choose a darker photo to show off the hints of brightness everywhere. It also shows the flower in all of its glory. Seek it out, look beyond and find a reflection of you this week!
Saturday, July 20, 2013
I have been reading Liz Lamoreux's Inner Excavation and it has you put photos to a story which I absolutely find invigorating. I grabbed my camera, gathered a box my favorite things, found a couple quotes I liked and what you see is the result of my idea. I love that the car is in focus making you think of travel, adventure, exploration and where you are heading? So, my question for you this weekend, is your journey all you wanted? Because only you have the key to change it, what are you waiting for? Set the course and let the journey begin!
Sunday, July 7, 2013
I am totally captivated with gazing balls and how they view the yard. Can you see me? I can see you! Knew that would make you smile today *giggle, giggle*. This is my moms backyard and yes, she loves everything that sparkles so I always find a lot of tresasures to photograph while I'm there visiting. We share the love of flowers and just sitting on the swing enjoying life's daily pleasures, not to mention the birds, butterflies and squirrels to entertain us. How do you enjoy the day to day life you are leading?
Friday, July 5, 2013
My mom has these little solar butterflies in some of her backyard planters and I am just intrigued by them. Not only are they an interesting color combination, the copper butterfly and the shimmering luminescence of the solar ball. But the idea that the sun will make it glow softly in the evening is just magical to me. I wanted your eye to really look at all the fun stuff in the ball and the interesting texture it is. Now, close your eyes and imagine a slight glow - pure wonderment!
Thursday, July 4, 2013
I created this little card last year to signify the Fourth of July. I put a piece of red fabric behind it to really give it the red, white and blue color scheme. I used one of my favorite stamp faces and just applied color to give her some spunkiness. The bee just buzzed around to be placed on and I so wanted to write "beeautiful" so it made sense to the design but in the end, I didn't.
I enjoyed fireworks last night and although I am much older now, it always transports me to my childhood with all the "oohhhs" and "aahhhhs" of the evening. I hope you have celebrated with friends and family today, if not, Happy Independence Day from me to you!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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Saturday, June 8, 2013
This is how the end of the branch looks on my prairie fire crab apple tree. I just loved the composition it shows off and wanted to share it with all of you so you can experience it's brilliance too! I love the way it starts as a long oval shape radiating out of the middle like a spiral creating a lovely firework of glorious color. It is the star of the yard at the moment and well, it really deserves the title wouldn't you agree? I love this tree!
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Another shot of the crab apple trees, are you sick of them yet? I sure hope not. They just make me smile and this photo makes me really want to show you how we perceive the value of white. Look in the blurred background on the right, that is a true white. Now look at the blossoms, although we know they are white, and we say they are white flowers, are they really. Look deeply into each bloom and you will see a multitude of lovely colors just waiting for your discovery. There are soft creams, greens of various tones and hues, a touch of pink coming through some and look at the lovely darks that are included. I do hope that if you were to render them in a painting, you would think to put all those lovely color varieties within their blossoms. Now where is my sketchbook...
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
This is the year, I can finally show you the amazing checkerboard fritillaria in clarity. I only have one bulb that survived and it is situated right outside my studio window so I don't miss the beauty of it. This year I was blessed with four blossoms, all in various stages of blooming, just precious. Can you just imagine Mother Nature when she came up with this specimen? I bet she was singing and dancing around for days with the joy of how creative she is. I know I am very grateful for that special moment she shared with her muse!
Monday, June 3, 2013
This is another shot of our brilliant cherry tree this year and yes, I have given it another dessert name, only this time in the form of a slushy LOL This photo happened by mistake, the wind was really blowing so I changed my setting to the "running man" camera speed and this captured beauty is the end result. Not bad really and luck was for sure on my side to have gotten this shot. I loved how it blurred the background but kept your focus on the delicate white and pastel pink blossoms really making your see all their wonderment. Enjoy today!
Sunday, June 2, 2013
I love lilacs and we have so many that when they are in bloom you can't help but be overwhelmed by their intoxicating scent. I was just able to catch them as they bloomed this year and then headed to San Diego to teach colored pencils and mixed media to a group of lovely ladies. When I returned, there were no blooms left, just the faint hint of the blossoms that were there. Thank goodness I have several Korean lilacs, their scent isn't as strong but I do get to smell the aroma - ahhhhh....
Saturday, June 1, 2013
This is the front of the property welcoming all that enter, see the driveway just past this beautiful crabapple. Yes, Venus treats everyone with the same shameful gaze as you enter, but it is one you will not forget. The crabapples are by far my favorite springtime gift to our yard. We have them everywhere because of their beautiful color variations and the fact that they produce a fruit for the birds in the winter is a huge plus for us. The long driveway blooms in white and pink and lets us know the other glorious colors will follow soon. It is a tremendous gift to show us that winter has passed through - ahh, the beauty of it all, just pure goodness!
Friday, May 31, 2013
These are the regular crabapple blooms. Just as beautiful as the prairie fires without the drama and flair. I do love how the buds are various shades of pink and magenta but when they open, are totally white. The centers are amazing with their tight light blossom of yellow stamen. If you look closely at the bottom flower, you can see the stamen forms another cluster shape as well. A bonus from Mother Nature, wanted to make sure you saw the beauty!