Merry Christmas! Life, Tracking, Trees, and a Painting.

Evan made an impressionistic watercolor owl painting for a school project and asked me to reblog it here, as he’s trying to drive some traffic over to his site. I hope you enjoy it! Keep painting, Evan!

Track Much?

Merry Christmas!! And now, welcome to my special Christmas edition update on Track Much? !

So, now that I’m on Christmas break, if you guys saw on my Facebook page, I was going to be doing sneak peeks; obviously, that only happened once (lol…). If you would like to follow with some more of my small time thoughts and what not, please take a second and follow my Facebook page. The one sneak peek I gave was that there was going to be some new, fresh, intense, and needed tracking. And here it is 🙂

IMG_20151217_162526604 Can you find the tracks? Here’s a hint, there’s three of them in this picture. Remember, with pictures, move the mouse over the picture to get the full resolution.

I did kinda put these ones in plain sight, just as an example so you guys get what leaf tracking is. Leaf debris tracking is a…

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Be a Light in a Dark World

A beautiful and meaningful post I just had to share. This really touched my heart today. Peace.

Espirational: A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

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You may have noticed I’m not quick to react to all the crazy, sad, violent and horrific things going on in the world.  When I do post about current events it is only after much thought and prayer.  But after recent terrorist attacks and the web going crazy over red coffee cups I feel the need to address the much broader issues here.
We create our own reality with our thoughts.  This truth I know for sure.  If we believe the world is an evil place, everyone who does not agree with us is against us and we are being persecuted, that is exactly what we will experience.  If we believe in a vengeful, angry God who hates everyone else, that is what we will take out into the world.  However, if we walk daily in the presence of God, spreading His light, love and goodness to all we meet our…

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Bear hugs are the best

Trying to make sense of what happened yesterday…..there is no sense. But there is always ART. And LOVE. And HUGGING. Thanking my friend Jodi for this wonderful and timely post. ❤

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Don’t you just love a “good” hug?!

A hug where the other person grabs and squeezes and embraces and holds on tight?

I always try to make it my thing to be the last to let go; and it is funny how sometimes I get into holding on battles with some of my friends and family who take me up on the challenge, and we keep hanging on and laughing and squeezing and hugging.

It’s just the best!

Did you know the average length of a hug between two people is three seconds?

But researchers have discovered when a hug lasts 20 seconds, there is a therapeutic effect on the body and mind.*

The reason is that a sincere hug produces a hormone called oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone.”  Oxytocin has a calming effect on the body and mind and can help us relax, feel safe and…

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Signs of Autumn

BB painted a leaf every day last year from September 15 – October 15, and she’s repeating her challenge this year. I’d love to join her! Anyone else? There’s plenty of inspiration for you on this post!! I’m not sure I can do one every single day, but I’d love to focus on leaves this fall.

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Autumn. My favorite time of year! The air coming to a crisp. Sweaters coming out. The delightful aroma of pumpkin spice and cinnamon. Warm mugs greeting chilled fingers. The colors… of burnt orange, deep red, and golden yellow dancing on the trees and in the breeze. Yes, the signs of Autumn will soon be appearing in full, and I can’t wait!

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. —George Eliot

Last October, I challenged myself to paint a leaf a day. This year, I plan on challenging myself once again. But this year, I will begin this adventure much sooner so to catch as many colors of Fall as I can… Would you like to join me? All you need is the DESIRE along with paper, (possibly a pencil), watercolor, and to…

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Easy Beginners Watercolour Techniques

Debi’s blog is full of wonderful information and inspiration for beginning watercolor painters. This is just one example! Have a painterly day. 🙂

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Easy Beginners Watercolour Techniques revolve around watercolours being fun, lively playful and forgiving!  They are so easy to correct mistakes, they really are perfect for beginners.

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These Watercolour Beginner’s  snippets and tidbits will  help get you started and keep you moving forward in a fun and fast paced approach.

Watercolour Beginner Techniques

With these 5 watercolour tips and techniques, the easiest & best way to get the results you’re going to be the most happiest with is to use Arches 100% cotton paper.  That way, you can correct any mistakes you make with ease!!

Watercolour Techniques – Soft Edges

In the featured watercolour Patio Flowers, the soft blurred edges in the background and the perimeters help guide the viewers’ eyes inwards and towards the more dominant focal flowers with the harder/sharper edges. Any time you paint on dry =…

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A Resource for the Aspiring Artist…

This is a phenomenal list. You owe it to yourself to take a look!

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One of my artist friends, Ray Heinz, sent me this article, The Painter’s Primer: A Survival Kit, published in LINEA, a print publication of the Art Student’s League in NYC.

Hope you find great value in it as I did.

The Painters Primer: A Survival Kit

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how to stop a killer…

Terrific post from Amy at 2me4art. I’m reblogging this to help her spread the word. We need to help the women in our lives get free from their abusers / domestic violence. This happens to far too many women in this country.

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i receive the magazine, Esquire in the mail…love the articles. the April issue…the editor, David Granger wrote about the lives of women(domestic violence, rape, assault). He wrote, “This is unacceptable. This is no way to live. I don’t know if this issue of Esquire can do anything other then open eyes a little bit, as it has mine. Open eyes to the harm being done to women and to the anxiety too many women live with. And, if we are fair and just, it may also open eyes to the unintended consequences of some to the steps being taken to address our current difficulties” 

Blah, blah, blah…we’ve all heard the same stories. so often repeated, they no longer have meaning for us. domestic violence against women–one in three women will experience it in their lifetime. block it out, it doesn’t have anything to…

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A Holiday just for Drawing Birds

I’m hoping we can feather the WordPress nest tomorrow for Draw a Bird Day! Don’t miss this terrific post, too!

A-wing and A-way

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Kids love to draw. Almost all children do it, but adults, not so much. Unfortunately, as we become grown-ups we often lose our connection to this creative impulse. Sometimes a child needs to show us again how making art can not only be fun but even therapeutic. Such is the story of Dorie Cooper, a little girl in 1940s England, whose memory later inspired Draw a Bird Day.

Bird Art as Therapy

The website devoted to this unofficial holiday, www.dabday.com, recounts that a 7-year-old Dorie frequently accompanied her mother to the hospital. There they visited the girl’s uncle, a war veteran maimed from a landmine explosion. Dorie attempted to cheer him up, suggesting he draw a picture of a bird for her. And so the uncle did, attempting to sketch a European robin. Apparently, the drawing wasn’t very good, but that was okay—his mood seemed to improve a…

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Teachers, Art and Things That Last Forever

What a beautiful post. How many teachers change lives every day, sometimes without knowing? I still remember my favorites.

The Secret Kingdom

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When I was a child I would spend hours quietly playing by myself. Endlessly entertained by my wild imagination – I would stay up all night long drawing pictures. I was weird and solitary. My best friend was a dog.

School was difficult for intense, introverted kids like me.

It is so easy to become lost..

Sometimes, forever.

I don’t remember much from those days.. after all, that was over 40 years ago.

But I remember Mrs. Kelly – my elementary school art teacher.

Mrs. Kelly would sit next to me and quietly marvel over the drawings I made. Afterwards, she would put them in the glass display case in the hall outside her class – for all the world to see.

Now, volunteering to teach art to a group of inner city kids – I find myself drawn to the introverts. The quiet kids sitting alone.. trying to disappear into the…

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