Sunday, July 28, 2013

Pages for my friend, Dee and Mix it Monthly Challenge

I have an online art group that recently met in Texas. One of my very good friends, Dee, sent me
some pages for her beach junk book that she wanted me to do for her since I was unable to go to Texas. I decided to recreate some pages that I recently did in my own art journal at the beach. The shells were drawn and painted from some that were at the beach. I added the quote which continues on both pages and says, "I find myself at the extremity of a long beach. How gladly does the spirit leap forth, and suddenly enlarge its sense of being to the full extent of the broad, blue, sunny deep! A greeting and a homage to the sea! I descend over its margin, and dip my hand into the wave that meets me, and bathe my brow That far-resounding roar is the ocean's voice of welcome. His salt breath brings a blessing along with it." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne - "Foot-prints on the Sea Shore"
Then I found a challenge web site called Mix it Monthly challenge Here.
I decided to do this art for the challenge. The challenge wanted us to use blue, violet, and sand colors and real wood, and a bird.

So this is what I did on the backs of the first art that I did for Dee and for the challenge.
The seagulls are Sizzix diecuts which are watercolored.  The stamps are discontinued ones from Stampin Up.


The wood was a real challenge but I decided to use small pieces of wood that I painted white to look like the fences that you see around the sand dunes.
The sunset looks like it's melting into the sea due to the fact that I used water colors over acrylics but I just left it that way because sometimes it looks that way in real life.
The poppy is from a class that we did in our local Altered Book Club on Zentangles and it is a RAK (random Act of Kindness) for Dee because she loves poppies and grows some really beautiful ones in her yard.
It's been too long since I posted anything on my blog so I want to get back in the groove!


Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

You've got some great looking pieces here. My absolute favorites are the pages with the Hawthorne poem and the watercolored Poppy flower that you did for your friend. Blessings!

Pia Rom said...

Sooo beautiful all your beach-art and I am thrilled, you join in the
Mix It Monthly-Fun ♥ and I love the wooden sticks as the reed on the side...the shore looks so real and I love the serene expression of this piece

lorik said...

Beautiful work - i love the progression. Lovely subtle colour too.

Anonymous said...

the feeling in your piece is so inviting - it really feels like the beach. Very Nice and thank you for visiting my blog too! The poppy is wonderful - love the doodles!

Joanne Huffman said...

What a nice step back into blogging. Lovely pages - it really feels like the beach.

Lorraine said...

lovely pages and I like your poppies one of my fav flowers

Suzanne McClendon said...

All of these are very pretty. I especially enjoyed the poppy and the "melting sun" picture. Very nice. :)

Erika Nittel-Traser said...

Love the Mix it Monthly art too. It is a great inspiration. Your flower is amazing, love her!

sheila 77 said...

I love the piece with the seagulls who look so friendly, and the peaceful scene just after. I also like your zentangled poppy, very clever.