This is the last week of Cee’s Which Way Challenge. I have greatly enjoyed this challenge and would like to express my gratitude to Cee for all her fabulous challenges. She has a photography blog filled with wonderful photographs and insights.
I took this photo in Monk Botanical Gardens in Wausau, Wisconsin.
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Can you see my “pallet” for my compass rose mandala? I play with combinations of marker colors and which gel pens go well over the top. I really didn’t do much to these book pages except some journaling and attaching the various papers. The ticket is from my visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum. The watercolor landscape is from playing with the Dr. Ph. Martin’s Watercolors that my husband got me for my birthday. I have lots of scraps of watercolor paper from cutting it to make my coloring page sets (I plan to have these for sale in my Etsy store by the end of October.) and I use them to create “journaling boxes” by playing with different watercolor combinations and effects. I have been looking for a watercolor class, but I have not found one in my area. If you know of an online one you recommend I would love for you to share that information!
Here is the cover page for the Coloring Page Sets. There are 5 designs in this Mandalas set and you get 3 copies of each design. Two of the copies are on plain paper and one is on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. I started making these because I love to color, but I really love to use watercolor pencils and the paper for most coloring books was not making me happy. I kind of think of my mission statement as contributing toward peace and beauty in the world and I think these are moving in the right direction. I hope you have a beautiful day.
I haven’t finished a new mandala in quite a while and I was so happy to finish this one today! I hope you like it. It is a celebration of my new reading glasses. They don’t fix all of my vision problems and I’m still waiting for my new bifocals, but it feels so good to art and read again! I hope you have a beautiful day.
Yesterday I had a lovely day with my husband, mother, and niece at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The main galleries are closed for renovation, but the reason I wanted to go was to see the Van Gogh to Pollock Exhibit. It was fabulous! There was a painting by Camille Pissarro that I wasn’t expecting and it was a lovely surprise. I love Van Gogh, of course and it was not a work of his that I am familiar with. There was a wonderful self-portrait by Frieda Kahlo and an unusual selection by O’Keeffe. The painting that I have posted above really caught my eye because of the use of collage in the layers of paint. It is labeled as “Oil on canvas” but that does not do it justice. I cannot remember who painted it. There were so many wonderful things to see. I met this lovely new artist.
There was a wonderful painting by Mark Rothko and so many more. What a great way to spend a day. I am grateful for so much beauty and inspiration in the world and that this exhibit came to my corner of the world, And that I got to share it with family.
Have a beautiful day.
I hope this photo makes you laugh as much as it did the day I encountered this tableau. There is a turn in our stairs and then 7 more stairs to this hallway. My younger son was upstairs entertaining himself quietly one day. When I went up to investigate this was what I saw when I turned the corner. My laughter was his reward. When I first came across the Odd Ball Photo Challenge I thought of this photo but I had no idea where it was. Last night I was looking through old photos and came across it and had to share. Have a whimsical day! Check out more odd photos here: