Saturday, September 8, 2012

art journal on holiday

Wouldn't it be fun to be on that little sailboat out on the St Lawrence River, heading for Lake Ontario and sailing around the Thousand islands? I saw this boat there . . . well, my drawing skills are not that keen, but the boat looked something like this! We were staying in the family cottage on Wolfe Island in Canada at the time. The St. Lawrence runs directly in front of the cottage and I could not help but try to capture this scene as a fun thing to do at the time and a lovely memory now. I had prepared the page previously with white gesso, so it was all set to go. I liked the texture the gesso left on the page, so I grabbed both acrylic paints and oil pastels and jumped in. 

I left some of the gesso uncovered, especially on the sky, to look more like clouds. The paint is a very thin watery wash, for a nice light airy feeling. You can see I applied a little bit of the same paint to the river too, but then added pastels over that as well.

I had packed my list of positive affirmations, given to me by my friend Joanna. I chose one easily and hand wrote it with my trusty Sharpie Marker . . . . We are looking at my rendition of Kingston, Ontario.

Even though it is not the most realistic of drawings, I am very pleased with this journal entry. Thanks for looking! I am linking this up at Art Journal Every Day!

I also worked on my 2013 Sketchbook project while there and plan to scan & share those pages with you soon. Right now I am concentrating on the Prayer Flag art swap I am hosting . . . I have lots more flags to scan and share. They are really quite remarkable, inspiring, beautiful . . . to name a few adjectives! You can see them all on my creative swaps blog! All swap flags are due in my hands September 15th, so I am sure to have a busy week. Please check it out if you have time - such gorgeous fabric art!

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.  
  ~ Theodore Roosevelt

9 comments:

  1. It's really lovely Lenna! I love seeing it at the top of your blog-sweet memories of a summer vacation!

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  2. Such great memories you are making. LOVE that picture, and it look so great as your header. Very Rich. xoDonna PS: Thanks for dropping round. I know you are busy getting settled and looking after the swap.

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  3. I love this piece , Lenna! It makes a stunning blog header!

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  4. I think it's wonderful, Lenna and a lovely memento of your holiday on Wolfe island. I also love it as your new banner. Our wifi mysteriously returned just now after John had reset it for the umpteenth time!

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  5. Who WOULDNT want to be on the St. Lawrence river LOL - wonderful Lenna

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  6. Oh my! yOu never cease to amaze me, in life, and love, and all aspects of creativity! Your small painting is precious, I am so drawn to it in it's simplistic state...it is just perfect raw beauty!

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  7. BEAUTIFUL pages, and that little boat is just perfect. It makes a wonderful blog header :)

    x

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  8. This page is wonderful...as well as full of your wonderful memories...and I love the quote.

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  9. I think you did a wonderful job!

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