Friday, April 26, 2019

Our Wonder Forest

We have recently returned to our Missouri home, from our home in Washington. This is a beautiful time of year in the Missouri woods. We spend each morning here with our coffee, sitting in the bay window of our bedroom that overlooks our five wooded acres that we have come to call our Wonder Forest.

There are so many forest creatures to watch, including our birds (cardinals, titmice, black-capped chickadees, purple finch, yellow finch, hairy woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, red-bellied woodpeckers, redheaded woodpeckers, wrens, robins, doves, nuthatch, bluejays, cowbirds, hummingbirds), squirrels and an occasional groundhog, and of course the beautiful whitetail deer.

This morning we watched for 30 or 40 minutes while three deer played on the floor of the forest just below us. They were drawn by the salt lick we have there. I don’t think I have ever seen deer stay in one place for such a long time, nor have I seen them playing—chasing each other and obviously enjoying the early spring morning. I took some pictures out our window. The screen wire prevented great photographic outcomes, but here are a few of the pictures I took.

So I have created a Facebook location for when I “check in” at our location here in Missouri: Wonderforest.

Wildlife has always been one of my favorite things. So naturally as I develop my watercolor hobby with more practice, I am drawn to that subject.

Red fox (we have one that occasionally visits Our Wonderforest)

Field mouse (I’m sorry, but they’re just cute)


#watercolorpractice #wonderforest #MOhome #whitetaildeer #titmouse #fieldmouse #redfox

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Himalayan Bluetail Flycatcher {Watercolor Practice}

Packing up the art supplies for the cross-country trip WA to MO.

Followed a tutorial by Let’s Make Art to attempt this one. It was challenging (but aren’t they all, for me!).

#watercolorpractice #LetsMakeArt #HimalayanBluetail #DrPhMartinsLiquidWatercolor

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Citrus Watercolor Practice

It’s a rainy, dreary day here in the PNW. Bright sunshiny citrus fruits cheer me up!
Soon we will return to spring in Missouri. Bittersweet.
#watercolorpractice #citruswatercolor

Monday, April 8, 2019

More Spring Art

Articles have been written about how it is to feel like you’re getting worse instead of better…the nature of the “game,” I suppose.

Lots of cooking/baking and lots of scrapbooking also taking up my time these days. Fun stuff, really!

#LetsMakeArt #watercolor #sketchandpaint

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Spring Fun

Sunday dinner at our house: a picnic in the back yard. Our great grandson LOVES to be outdoors! (It’s in his genes!)

I am in the process of completing the scrapbook album of Leeland’s first year. Since I’ve been practically obsessed with watercolor art, I decided to do a couple of tiny pieces to coordinate with some scrapbook paper for the last couple of pages in his album.

Daily practice with watercolor has resulted in a bit more confidence as I try a little more difficult tutorials, including this bunny. I love bunnies, especially in the spring.

This one was really fun, as two sweet friends joined me for coffee at my house as we each completed this project. I think we were all pleased with our finished products!

#watercolor #bunny #letsmakeart #watercolorbunny #greatgrandson #scrapbook