Monday, May 18, 2020

T Stands for Tuesday & Iris's Blooming, New Painting

  Happy T everyone,
  You are most welcome to join us with our hostess Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T  just show a drink related photo in your post.

  If you caught my post yesterday, you saw I was playing with colored pencils. I also found in my stash a small handful of watercolor pencils-I am finding those very fun to work with.  So I needed more colors, the ones in my stash are USA made (they looked old so didn't know if still in business)  I searched online and found them at Blick and still USA made so I am happy about that. (no more China products for me if I have a choice)

General's Kimberly Watercolor Pencil Set - Assorted Colors, Set of 12 



  So I am thrilled to find these I bought their 24 pencil set which was on sale which covered the cost of the taxes and shipping so pleased with that. They were less expensive at Blick then on Amazon

  I had asked Valerie if I could use one of her photos as a reference for a painting. Thank you so much Valerie. This was a castle wall with flowers growing in the bricks. I couldn't wait til I had more colors so I just went for it with the few pencils I had.  My creative muse has arrived-stress mostly gone (finally)
  I forgot again to cut off the inch of mixed media paper first to fit in my journal, but I was able to cut that off after I painted this and it still looks great. I love it, but will paint this again once I get the new colors. (I only had black, blue, green, and a yellow)
  I will submit this piece for Mia's flower theme over at AJJ too

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I am really happy with this piece. I don't know if I captured that this is a brick wall or not though?-I plan to look for a you tube video before I try this again.

   Over the weekend I finished up with the roving I was working on and started with the blue roving-I had bought these as Yellowstone Park inspired colors and want to weave some sort of garment with them.

  You can see my Sunday afternoon mango margarita there on the coffee table too.



Isn't this blue pretty-I bought it to reflect the prismatic springs there in Yellowstone


Here is another photo of my margarita


We had rain off and on over the weekend and today (Monday) too. Lots of bird activity to watch-more baby ducks, herons, the pair of eagles flew in today too.

The water was really choppy when we spotted this family-the waves were tossing them about



  I grabbed the camera this afternoon and took a few photos of the pretty iris's that are blooming here now. We didn't see most of these last year as we were not living here full time yet.




and the peonies are blooming now too
    This is a road we started making so Larry can drive his Snapper down the hill to the lake for fishing-instead of walking down-this area is really steep


I also picked up one of the books that Erika shared. I love reading books with  recipes and this one intrigued me as it is located in an area pretty secluded and I think was part of Scotland or still is-I just started reading it. Thanks Erika



I will close with a very happy dandelion-I love dandelions and with all the rain they are still growing here


Husband is progressing well-he is pushing himself allot-still very painful (he does Not take pain medicine) but he is out of the wheel chair, and uses one crutch or his cane for balance now.

Happy T everyone

47 comments:

  1. You’re having great success with your watercolour pencils, and your beautiful yarn, oh my gosh the colour! I’m glad your husband is doing well, beautiful photos, The blossoms are stunning,,, not much blooming here yet, still too early,,

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    1. Hi Laurie-thank you so much-I had fun with these pencils, my first time with watercolors, so will try again. these pretty iris's were a nice surprise-very pretty pops of color around the property

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  2. Nice photos and artwork. Irises feel like they are blooming early this year than last year. Maybe they know we need to see flowers more this year. Not taking pain medication is a choice that makes sense to me if it is all right with the doctor. Swelling thing. Prayers

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    1. thank you. I love seeing everyone's flower photos now more than ever-glad I had some to share this week-hugs

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  3. I have some of those pencils too;) Wonderful sketching with them. Mango -love! especially in a smoothie:) Beautiful flower and water photos. Happy T day!

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    1. thank you Linda I love mangos too-they would be awesome in a smoothie

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  4. Glad your husband is doing well and getting better, that's great. Love the colours of your wool. And LOVE the beautiful painting you made, well done. Glad you like that photo. The irises are blooming here, too, so beautiful. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Hi Valerie, yes I love this photo-so thank you again. when I get more colors want to do this again.
      I am loving this blue too and all the iris here was a nice surprise-take care

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  5. The journal looks great, you can do a lot with the pens!
    The yarn has become so beautiful bluish with something colorful.
    Beautiful as the flowers grow.Great Fotos!
    Slowly let go and get well soon her husband!
    Have a good day, Elke

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  6. Yes, buy local! I´m afraid mine are from China, I don´t wanna have a look!
    And great outcome, too! Hmmm, mango!
    We still wait for rain.
    Nononono, no moore books! I´m drowning already, that darn kindle takes it all ;-)
    Congrats to your Hubby´s progress. We hate meds, too. We both somehow only or mostly get the nasty side-effects.
    With that dandlion you were too late for a whish. I hope I find some on the way later. Feel free to ask for one ;-)
    A happy T-day to you!

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    1. Yes I am working harder than before not to buy china products-I am even contacting food companies that I buy from and asking if they are owned by china or not-if they are they won't buy it again. china has bought up allot of our pork companies here.
      I keep telling myself too-no more books, but we always have lived so rural with no convenient library so I buy them-I put most of mine on the kindle too except for learning books or cookbooks
      I didn't know one could wish upon a dandelion-I will do that-hugs

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  7. Your page looks beautiful, the water colour pencils give super colours. I am so happy you have shared this page with Mia's theme at Art Journal Journey.
    I loved the colour of the yarn you are working with as well.
    Its good that your husband is feeling better and I hope not in to much pain.
    Take care and stay safe
    Yvonne xx

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    1. thank you Yvonne, I did enjoy trying out these watercolor pencils anxious to try them out again. You stay safe and well too-hugs

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  8. Beautiful artwork and wonderful photos. That blue wool/yarn looks great. It's nice seeing all of the flowers you have there. I'm glad to hear your husband is continuing to improve. Happy T-Day!

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  9. Glad you are enjoying the book Kathy. I am enjoying mine too. And I am loving your latest colored pencil project. Thanks for adding some more pretty flowers to Mia"s Art Journal Journey challenge. And your wool is a gorgeous color. You have been busy but it sounds like a good week. Hope you have a happy T day and enjoyed that margarita. Hugs-Erika

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    1. Hi Erika, thanks again for this book suggestion-I really love the book. I did have fun with these watercolors anxious to try them again-waiting for more colors to arrive. Margaritas are my favorite-hugs

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  10. So sorry I'm late visiting. I fell asleep and simply couldn't stay awake. I was SO tired since I'd been up all night and day.

    LOVE the watercolor painting. I think you did a great job. It's wonderful and looks very much like Valerie's photo, too. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey, too.

    That roving is wonderful, Beautiful, too.

    What a lovely margarita. Even though I'm not a drinker of alcohol, it looks quite refreshing. Thanks for sharing your art and week with us for T this Tuesday, Kathy. BTW, NONE of my irises bloomed this year.

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    1. thank you Elizabeth-I enjoyed painting with these watercolor pencils-less messy too then acrylics (smile) we had a couple frosts here but no hard freezes so I think that is why we have these pretty blooms-take care

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  11. A very interesting post today, Kathy. I loved seeing your beautiful yarn that you have spun. The colors are gorgeous!

    How fun that you are working in watercolor pencil. I love to use them to add to highlights to my paintings but I have never worked solely in watercolor pencil. I went to an art festival in the fall and saw an artist using the pencils. She was dipping the pencil tip in water. I never realized one could do that but it is such a great way of spreading the color and getting a thicker line. I don't know it if you have tried this technique but I just thought I would mention it.

    Your Irises are beautiful! I am only noticing a few buds on one of my 6 plants. I sure hope more decide to bloom or it will be a disappointment. Maybe it has something to do with the two frosts we had in the beginning of May.

    I too love reading books that have recipes involved. I am putting this book on my Goodreads list. If the library ever opens again I will look for it. Thanks to you and Erika for the suggestion.

    Happy Tea Day to you,
    Kate

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    1. thanks Kate, I appreciate you sharing the tip with the watercolor pencils very much-I am new to painting. I will try that out for sure.
      we had some cold frosts but we didn't get down to freezing so I think that helped with these blooms-and we have been cool and rainy so they are lasting a long time-we are really enjoying them
      I am really enjoying this book-very large book too take care

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  12. Those are really gorgeous irises, so colourful.
    The roving is beautiful. I agree that the blue is lush.
    I'm glad to hear hubby is improving. Is there any reason he can't have painkillers? Or does he just not want them. I know some people don't. (I don't understand that. Why suffer?)
    Your water colour painting is lovely. Well done you.
    I don't know that particular cook book, but I do know that the Shetland Isles are islands in the north of Scotland. (hubby was stationed there when he was a young man in the army).
    Your margherita looks yummy, but perhaps I have mentioned this before: I have never tasted a margherita!

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    1. Oh Wow how cool that you are familiar with the Shetland isles. this is really a lovely book-hardcover and very large.
      Larry has been in pain since childhood with severe arthritis-bone on bone most of his body so he tolerates pain to a point. I am loving this blue roving too-take care hugs

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  13. Your margarita looks tasty. My, that water is choppy! We're overcast here today, not no wind to speak of. So many lovely iris colors will brighten up the property while you're getting your other plants settled in. Nice! They are sooo pretty. Congrats on your hubby's determined nature. That'll aid him in a speedy recovery :) Happy T Tuesday!

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    1. thank you much. margaritas are my favorite drink-I only drink them at home though so I know what is in them. I was surprised to see so many pretty iris colors-with the cool and rainy weather we are having they are lasting a long time-over a week now. take care

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  14. What a fabulous post! I'm loving your page, you used those pencils so beautifully and the flowers are gorgeous 😁. I've just got home from food shopping for three households (us, me sister and then my mum and dad) so a margarita would be perfect right now ...lol 😉. Those iris are gorgeous too! Happy T Day! Take care! Hugs, Jo x

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    1. wow that is allot of shopping to do for family-I would get mixed up on whos is whos haha. would love to share a margarita with ya-hugs

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  15. Sounds like Larry’s progress continues, good news! The watercolor pencils are fun, I know. I have some but have never been good with watercolor. The photo for reference with bricks is a challenge since the bricks are white, but you did a good job!

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  16. Lovely drawing, Kathy. You chose a neat reference image too.

    Your description of the blue roving is perfect. It's beautiful.

    The Snapper is a brilliant solution to the steep slope. I'm glad to hear hubby is making progress, though I wish he didn't have so much pain.

    Happy T-Day! Eileen xx

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    1. thank you Eileen-I just fell in love with Val's photos and being a castle wall too was really drawn to it.
      I am loving this blue roving too.
      Hubs has been in pain all of his life with severe arthritis since childhood, but something like this accident increases the pain allot for him. he drove for the first time today-I think it over did it stay well-hugs

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  17. Irises are such beautiful flowers, and they bloom for such a short time. You seem to have several varieties, which I find fascinating.

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Mae, thank you for visiting. we have had very cool and rainy weather for awhile now so the iris are lasting a long time so far-over a week-so am loving that. take care hgus

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  18. I am glad your husband feels better, Kathy.
    I always love to see you roving. I wish I knew how to do it. It seems very creative and relaxing. And, as always, I LOVE the photos of the lake! Thank you for sharing.
    And a BIG THANK YOU for joining me again at AJJ with your beautiful page. I absolutely agree with you about the quality of your pencils. I never buy from China, I love using expensive pencils because I love their effect on my creations. Kisses, my friend.

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    1. Hi Mia thank you, Larry is improving every day-he so wants to go fishing-soon I hope.
      Yes spinning is very relaxing-I will probably never spin "perfect" yarn but I love the process very much-
      I was looking at some pencils made in France that looked really nice but then I discovered these ones from usa and they work really nice-hugs

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  19. I´m so happy to hear that your husband is going well now Kathy, little by little. Your Art page is Amazing !! You really capt the life of the flowers, incredible beautiful. I like very much the blue whool, it´s fabulous.
    I hope you spent a very happy t-day (sorry I´m late), great margarita. Your photographs are fantastic, love the iris, and the dandelion oohh.
    I wish you a very nice afternoon, stay safe and
    Big hugs,
    Caty

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    1. Thank you Caty, oh I am glad you liked my art page, the blue wool is fun to spin. stay well and safe-hugs

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  20. I love your painting! You can tell it's a brick wall-love how you did the plants too. Your wool is scrumptious. So glad your hubby is better!

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    1. thanks so much Debra, I was hoping one could tell this was a wall

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  21. Your painting is so beautiful! I love it. And WOW! Your yarn looks absolutely amazing!!!! And I am so happy that your hubby is feeling better. Take care, stay safe and healthy. HUGS!

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  22. That blue roving is absolutely beautiful, as are the purple iris - two very deep and beautiful colours.
    Love the page you have done, what a lovely idea to use one of Valerie's photographs to give you the imagery you required.
    Such a lovely post.
    Hugs, Neet xx-

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    1. Good morning Neet, thank you sooo much I am loving this blue roving too hugs

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  23. Coming back to invite you to my blogaversary, Kathy. Have a look on my blog. Kisses, my friend.

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  24. Margaritas And Art Work, I Am So There

    Cheers

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