Here are more pictures from my trip to the New York Botanical Garden.
Beautiful trees with Chihuly glass installation.
For more tree photography check out Becca’s Sunday Trees. I hope you have a beautiful day!
Last night, after dinner, my husband and I went for a lovely wander around the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. The light was lovely and this first photo is some unidentified (by me – I’m sure the arboretum has tagged them) trees that just looked so warm and beautiful.
This tree is called a dove tree and the moon peaked out from behind.
For more trees see Becca’s Sunday Trees post.
I hope you have a beautiful day.
I took over 300 photos and created a bunch of super fun art in the week I was gone. It will probably take me more than a week to sort through everything and share the highlights with you. The best part is that I’m now a Certified Zentangle Teacher. I will go into more detail about that, probably tomorrow. Until then I hope you enjoy these gorgeous trees that were at The Elms. It is one of the Newport, RI Mansions. I’m not sure which of these trees are Elms, but there were so many gorgeous trees at this place! These 2 were out front and were so tidy. I have a lot more pictures of the grounds and the inside of this place, so stay tuned!
Here is a photo that seems just right for Easter Sunday. This is the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ as seen from Branch Brook Park. More pictures of this coming on Thursday!
There were some trees at the Cherry Blossom Festival with really gorgeous shapes that weren’t full of blooms, but I loved them nonetheless. I hope you do too. These are my entry into Becca’s Sunday Trees Challenge.
I hope you have a beautiful day.
This lesson is called “Light, shadow, and value outdoors” and I quite enjoyed it. The road turned out to be a weird band-aid color, but I enjoyed the shadow colors and how to blend them. It was interesting to me that they were not made from adding black to the previous color (which is how I would have done it) but rather mixing a darker version of the color using black and a base color. For the road shadows the author recommends adding burnt sienna.
This exercise was about layering over and underpainting and can I say that I’m really loving working with glazes! I’m not a fan of his tree silhouettes, but I may redo this one and the previous tree using reference photos for the tree shapes.
I hope you have a beautiful day!
This painting was to work with increasingly opaque layers of paint. I struggled with it and am not thrilled with how it turned out. Maybe a mandala on top will help. In any case I will use it for mandala experimentation.
This painting uses more or less the reverse color order of my first abstract and I used modeling paste through a mandala stencil. It was a good learning experience. Again, I may use it for experimenting with layering a mandala on top.
It is seriously snowing here! I hope you have a safe and beautiful day.
I don’t know if this is unusual for New Jersey, but it was 50 degrees F here today! My sweetie and I decided to go for a walk and explore a new part of the Patriots’ Path. On the way there we stopped so I could photograph some woods that have mystified me.
Ok, it isn’t the woods that has me stumped 😉 but the massive gate or entryway. Closer inspection did nothing to explain the presence of these pillars. There is no sign of an old road or a house foundation. There are fallen trees all around them. I particularly like the one that fell right in front of them!
The part of the Path we explored is in the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. We don’t see Robins in Wisconsin in the winter no matter how nice a day it may be so imagine my surprise to see this one in New Jersey on Christmas!
I wish you peace and beauty today and everyday.
Here is my gratitude journal entry for the last few days/week. I finished the grid on Illuminated Box #2 and submitted the whole thing for an art contest. I will post photos of the completed box when I get it back. I played around with some of the paints and ideas in my gratitude journal. I was going to add trees and/or flowers on top of the grid, but based on how this one turned out I decided not to do it at this point.
You may have noticed that this photo is cropped and rotated correctly! I have Photoshop Editor finally installed on my new computer.
My significant other generally inspires feelings of gratitude in me, but he really has this last week. I’m having a hard time with all the changes and challenges of the move and I’m feeling pretty isolated without driving anymore. I really enjoy spending time with him. Who knew that >25 years later we would still be having fun?! Plus sometimes he does thoughtful things like buying me flowers to cheer me up. That is why it seemed so appropriate that the “significant other” text was so much larger than the rest of the text.
We do have some wonderful friends here, too. We spent the day with them last Saturday. She got an extra subscription to a magazine and is giving them to me. I am using them to represent their family in my gratitude journal.
What or who are you grateful for today?
I did add some more details to the mail art that I sent out yesterday.
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