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Thursday, May 7, 2015

blooming tumbling plants, crazy painted backgrounds, happy wedding planning - Who needs Spring Cleaning?

Put the finishing touches on this last night!
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.”
— Edward Abbey
So that painting I did yesterday turned into the four seasons battling it out...
But I'd say that today, Spring has come out on top!
It's a hot, almost summer-like day and our garden is certainly starting to bloom away!

Or more like fall over?  I think that'd be a fun painting - just a bunch of growing plants falling over each other, fighting for their space in the sun...
Pinning Inspiration...
I love all of the inspiration you are posting on my Show Me Your heART pinterest page - because of you, I'm learning the secret to roasted beets and being inspired by some wonderful mixed media art!  As much as I sometimes hate technology, the internet has been such an amazing way to connect with all of you creative people, swap ideas, support each other - so thanks for following my blog folks :)
Oh - and don't forget that all of my art on is pinnable too - so check out my art galleries!  (Thank you to my awesome fiance for that!)

In the Studio...
My head has been bursting lately with all the life I see behind every dancing tree trunk - my paintbrush can't keep up with all the interactions and animated nature scenes stirring up in my imagination!  So today my intention was to just paint a TON of backgrounds to finally give all those happy trees and flowers a place to play :)
 My biggest technique for creating these abstract backgrounds is to not think about if what I'm making is ugly or not as I'm painting - no judgment until it's dry.  And when it's dry - judge something else - but no judging my art!
I got a bit creative with some paper towels, a fork, my finger - whatever's "hand"-y.  
(sorry, couldn't resist.)

Then I made this 14 x 17 background but I liked it so much... 
That I had to make the same one for a 20 x 24 :)

Then, I was feeling quite ambitious, so I finally decided to start tackling my tree wedding scene - I've only got about a month left to make it!
Of course, the way I work, my painting will probably turn out completely different than how I imaged it.  Originally, I was thinking the bride tree would be walking down an aisle of flower petals to the groom, waiting under a beautiful canopy of leaves.
 But we'll see what happens.  I really want to take my time on this and do a little each day.
 So we'll see :)
It's funny, I was looking at my old youtube videos, and I played around with writing a song "Lifetime" - it's just a rough playing on guitar and a few lyrics thrown together, but it's nice to think that I was waiting for the love of my life to come around - and now I'm getting married next month :)

Last thing I did was play around with a magazine image.  I painted it and messed around with it a bit.
 When it dries I'll embed it into one of my collages...

Before I go...
That's all today.  I've got nature, art and wedding planning on my mind.  But I'd love for you all to keep this in your heart today:
I love the photography Ansel Adams does of trees...
“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful — an endless prospect of magic and wonder.”
— Ansel Adams

More on the subject of being inspired by kids and all things kid-like:

On the subject of man I can't wait to get married already:  
And on the subject of do something nice for your mom this Sunday:

“The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.”
— Natalie Angier


  1. beautiful it reminds me of the trees from the Wizard of Oz only nicer

  2. The Four Seasons Battle is very cool! Thank you for sharing your art with us. :)

  3. Your trees are my favorite! I love them.

  4. I love the art work. The Four Seasons are terrific. Very well done!