For more flower photos check out Cee’s flower of the day.
I had a difficult day today and my husband and I went to the Frelinghuysen Arboretum near our house. I needed some movement, beauty, and nature. I also needed to focus on something outside myself. I found these 2 roses that have a lot in common, but a lot that is unique. To see more flower photos check out Cee’s Flower of the Day.
WordPress has kindly reminded me that I have now been blogging on Lunanista for 4 years. It started as an easy communication with a geographically distant friend and has become so much more.
This was the beginning of my altered art gratitude journal. I was telling my friend about my art journal and she wanted to see pictures and here they all are after so many posts. The first year I had 269 visitors and at first I was mystified about how they found me. Since then I have found some wonderful groups that have helped me connect with people who have similar interests and concerns.
An early photography influence and the flower of the day Diva is Cee’s Photography.
My new friend Claudia McGill turned me on to making Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) and inspired me with her painting and poetry.
And most recently I have discovered others who are as crazy about photographs of doors as I am! Thanks Norm 2.0!
Want to hear something else that’s kind of crazy? I have had 1,679 visitors so far this year! I have been so grateful for this blog that started as a record of my gratitude and a way to deal with pain and disability. It became the practice ground for my life as an artist! Thank you for all your likes and comments. I appreciate every one. Please check out my professional art blog at Jeanette Clawson Art! Let’s make something beautiful!
I hope you enjoy this rose from the New York Botanical Garden. Tomorrow I’m off on a new adventure and won’t have access to my computer until next Monday. I hope you have a beautiful week. In the meantime, get lots of flower photos from Cee’s Flower of the Day posts.
We planted quite a few iris last fall that are from my husband’s father, who passed away in November. My father-in-law was an active member of the Iris society and collected a variety of unusual and beautiful iris. He shared them with us once we got our first house and his bulbs have decorated our homes ever since. This is the only one that has bloomed this year, but I look forward to seeing what blooms they have in store for us next year.
To see more beautiful blooms check out Cee’s flower of the day post.
Here is the metamorphosis of my collage.
I added some layers of paper and paint and was getting happy about it.
I’m not super happy with what happened with the Dr. Ph. Marten’s watercolors, but I’m enjoying the collage. What I have learned from my other attempts is that I need the background to be more monochromatic for the mandala to show up clearly. So I added some white with leaves as a mask.
This is something I quite enjoy so I created my mandala on tissue paper.
I played with different colors on the paper and shading on the tissue paper. I am very happy with the result. Putting them together is always tricky.
I developed some tears in the mandala and I had been thinking about adding some flowers to cover the watercolor blobs, too. So I played around with making different paper flowers. A few rejects ended up in my art journal. I was happy with how my rhododendrons turned out so I put them together. I’m not thrilled with the final product, but I’m really happy with my learning curve and I’m going to put it on Esty and FineArtAmerica. So feel free to buy it or a print of it!
Thank you Cee for your flower photography reference!
I hope you have a beautiful day.
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