Posted in Art

Painting a Cottage

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Do you ever dream of whisking yourself off to a secluded corner of the world? Settling down to live a quiet life, in a cozy cottage, with only the trees for company?  I do, quite often, actually. (Can you say ‘introvert’?)

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It’s the one ever-present dream in the back of my mind….
It’s the one dream I want, more than anything else… that cottage deep in the woods (or near the ocean). I’m not sure exactly, when that feeling started, but I feel like it has been with me always.  It travels with me every day and has become part of me, and I think I will hold fast to it, always.

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So, in honor of my dream, I decided to design and paint my little cottage. I haven’t actually, water colored in a while, so I’m a little rusty.  I took this time to practice, and hone my dimensional skills both, as an artist and as a dreamer.

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I “drew” inspiration (no pun intended), from a few photos on the internet, and also a bit from the ol’ noggin. For materials, I tried out my new Prismacolor Col-Erase pencil, in the color vermilion, (which I happen to adore). It blends incredibly well with paints, and markers.

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I also used my trusty Winsor & Newton water color palette, along with Guache paints for a few accents.

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I’m pleased with the outcome, but, I still have plenty of room for improvement. I really want to work on creating more texture, and layers, but that will only come with practice. (Any tips would be appreciated.)

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This is my hand crafted depiction of my little, dream cottage in the woods, and I would happily live here, if the opportunity should ever arise.
Until then, I’ll keep the idea tucked away in my “heart-pocket”.

What about you?
What is your dream home?
Do you have any dreams tucked away in your “heart-pocket”?

Anyway, thanks for reading,

Lady S

 

 

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Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

I find it fascinating, that there are billions and billions of tiny creatures around us that are vital to our very survival, yet largely go unnoticed…(unless of course, their presence has become a nuisance).
What are these creatures, you ask? Bugs, of course!
It is estimated that there are currently, about 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 insects around the world. (10 quintillion! I didn’t even know such a number existed.)
I think it’s amazing to learn about their intricacies and how we absolutely, couldn’t live without them. Funny how so many people find bugs terrifying, but most don’t realize, those pesky things are just doing their very own, distinct and special job(s) and those jobs are every bit as important as ours, (if not more so)!
I wanted to write this post to share a little love, and appreciation for possibly, the most under appreciated species on earth…bugs!

If you would like to read a book on the subject, A Buzz in the Meadow, is a good place to start. Know, that it comes from a secular worldview, but still offers valuable information about the intricate details of the lives of these tiny critters. It communicates, just how little we truly, understand about creation and the function of most things on this planet.

I, personally, find it very difficult to believe that the complexities of this world are simply the product of random chance. Rather, I see a world thoughtfully, and artfully designed by an intelligent and divine Maker…and I am grateful.

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Orb-Weavers are my favorite spider, I think.
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Not sure what type of bee this is…but he just had a wonderful pollen bath.
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I love to watch honey bees at work!
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This guy-or-gal just finished a nice breakfast of, “bee”.
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Ever seen a “Cat-faced spider”? Don’t worry, they’re not poisonous.
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Spiders are so talented! And also very symmetrical.

 

Then God said; “Let the earth bring forth the living creatures according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. Genesis 1:24

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RAIN

Sooooooo, it rained the other day…and…well… it was a pretty big deal.

Why such a big deal, you ask?  Because you see, I live in the desert.

I love the rain so much, but sadly I don’t get to enjoy it very often.
I can’t even remember the last time it did rain.
I’ve always longed to live in a place where it rains all of the time…or at least on a somewhat, regular basis. But, maybe the reason I love rain so much is because it’s so rare around here. I sometimes, wonder if the people that get rain all the time, lose their appreciation for it. But, I don’t think I would.

We get teased plenty of times, with big, dark, threatening clouds, wind, and even rumbling thunder, but rarely any actual rain. So surprisingly, this time, the clouds pulled through; and it was glorious! (And by rain, I mean a solid four, or five minutes of water falling violently from the sky, before packing up and heading off to the next stop.)

So then, of course, I went outside to capture some images of the aftermath.

Oh, and by the way, this is about the extent of ‘monsoon season’ around here.

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Wet leaf.
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Wet wood.
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Majestic apple.
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CUMULONIMBUS! I like that word. I learned it from, Up.
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Hollyhock! Pretty, right?
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One drop, two drop, three drop, blue drop.

Well thanks for, “dropping” by! (see what I did there, eh?)

I hope you enjoyed your visit, and come back soon!