Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I can hardly believe that it is week 36 already
and that this is the last post
I have enjoyed participating in this project since it began.
I have grown as a photographer and have
gained courage in posting my work.
It is a scary thing to put your stuff out there!
There are some pretty amazing photographers in this group,
each one encourages the other.
Bella Cirovic has done an awesome job creating
this photography adventure!
Thanks Bella, I know it takes an amazing
amount of energy to pull this off each week for us.
I am inspired by what my eyes take in
week after week!
This week's challenge is entitled:
"What will you welcome in 2012"
"What will you leave behind in 2011"
I took my time with both of these and this
is what I came up with.
I have been playing with a photo app
for my new Iphone called Word Foto,
so I used my own
pictures from 2011 and added my own text!
Hope you will like what you see!
I carry with me . . .
openess quiet growth new writing calm
I will leave behind . . .
negativity doubt fear restlessness
(qualities I don't like to see in myself)
My words explain exactly where I am
at the ending of 2011.
This new year is going to be filled with possibility!
I am anxious to get it started!
Thank you for your supporting words on my blog
this past year,
your friendship has meant the world to me!
I wish you blessings and peace.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
|"Whimsy" My latest painting|
This past weekend I spent a lot of time in the studio!
I have been working on my e-course from Alisa Burke
I have been playing with my watercolors, crayons and ink pens.
I really love Alisa and she has taught me
so much with my watercolors.
I took her "Watercolor Bliss" class as well,
she has a style all her own and teaches
you to get excited about your painting,
but also to enjoy it and not take it so seriously.
I titled this piece "Whimsy" I think it fits perfectly.
I painted it without thinking about it and making it perfect!
I got bold with colors and just kept playing.
Trees are my passion, I truly love to paint them.
Trees are wise, they have seen a lot,
they are long lasted and carry such beauty.
As I look back at all of my photos,
usually a tree is present somewhere!
Whimsical . . . the art of being light and fanciful
sometimes I know I take my art way too seriously!
I worry about whether or not my work is good enough,
why is my Etsy shop so slow,
my work doesn't compare to . . .
it has to be perfect.
This picture represents me . . .
I knew while I was creating it that it would be a good piece!
Art should be fun, it should be about enjoying
the process not the outcome.
I want my work to have a happy flair to it
and I think this piece shows that!
By the way . . . I have it for sale in my Etsy shop!
Come and check out other pieces of my work,
you won't be disappointed!
Next time you are in your studio,
don't think about what you have to get done,
just slow down and enjoy just creating,
relax with your art, see where it takes you.
Your work won't disappoint you!
Have a lovely day!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
|Studio is decorated!|
This week's photo prompt got me to getting my studio ready
for the holiday a little early this year!
After attending Serendipity Art Retreat this fall,
I was inspired to add colored lights to my studio.
In each of the cottages during the retreat,
there were colored lights everywhere!
After reading Bella's prompt, I thought about
driving around and trying to capture some
incredibly decorated house for the holiday,
but then remembered I wanted to
add some sparkle
to my own creative space,
and so I did!
Twinkling lights, in all colors,
are happiness in a box!
String them where you want them
and you instantly have
something to inspire you,
something to make you happy,
something to boost your creative momentum,
something to giggle by while painting,
something to smile at,
just for me, myself and I!
Have a happy day.
Go buy yourself some twinkling lights
for your own creative space.
I have no intention of taking them down
even after the holiday is over!
So everyday can be a twinkling moment!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Seeing the beauty in the little things!
Gratitude . . .
Thankful for my beautiful life.
Growing older with my hubby.
Being with my family is a blessing.
Watching my children grow into incredible men
The joy of having two loving and beautiful daughter (n-laws)
The time I had with two wonderful parents.
Having a sister and a brother
and an incredible extended family.
Being healthy and
loving my life at 54!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
|This piece was inspired by so many wonderful teachers!|
This piece was created for my HeART exchange with Louise Gale!
I recently purchased a new size
8 x 16
from my local Jerry's Artarama
and wanted to create a piece
that was inspired by so many teachers.
I wanted to use techniques that
I had learned in workshops,
through books, Somerset Studio, blogs and e-courses.
I had a blast with this one!
I started by collaging papers onto the board,
I stamped, stenciled and added "stuff"
all over the papers.
I scraped paint colors of
titanium white and cobalt turquoise
thank you Mindy Lacefield
for inspiring me at Serendipity!
I then cut out a heart of antique ledger paper
in the shape of a heart,
punched hearts and gave it wings,
I then added some words that
I wanted to say . . .
"Remember to listen to your heart and dance gently"
I am so happy with the results!
I then took a photo with my Instagram
using my new Iphone and added a few effects with the photo
and I love what you see here! So I wanted to share it with you!
To my readers . . .
you have my heart,
you have my love,
I thank you for your support,
your wonderful words of encouragement
and for giving me the motivation to keep sharing.
Love YOU! donna lee
Monday, November 14, 2011
It begins in early spring
with the most beautiful blossoms all over the tree!
During the summer, the fruit slowly begins to grow
and the blossoms fade away
The fruits become a beautiful red
and keep growing and growing
When they are finally ready in the fall to eat
There are the most beautiful seeds inside.
They are full of antioxidants and delicious
in so many things!
Lots of yumminess for me to snack on!
My favorite is mixed in with vanilla greek yogurt!
The juice stains everything and can make quite a mess.
Then it hit me . . . wouldn't it make a nice watercolor?
So I tried it . . . .
I loved the beautiful color it produced on
the watercolor paper.
So I decided to create a mixed media little piece!
The mountain sky is pomegranate pink.
I then started adding my collage papers and stuff
I had seen this demo in the recent
Cloth Paper and Scissors issue this month
and of course, made it my own!
Here is my finished piece!
And to think it all began this spring,
with my little pomegranate tree!
I love to look at everything as a creative experience,
a time to explore something new
and see what I can come up with!
I would love for you to share with me
what you have been working on lately!
Have a blessed and most creative week!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Courageous: bold, bravery, daring, fearless, spirit, unafraid and valor
I have been working on an e-course that I wanted to share with you,
it is entitled Creative Courage with Stephanie Levy.
It has changed my entire perspective on Creativity
and Stephanie is such a love!
I entitled my blog entry today "HAVING CREATIVE COURAGE"
because I truly believe that we all are creative in so many ways,
but it does take courage to live creatively and artistically.
Sometimes it is not understood or appreciated by others.
Courage is an interesting word and that was why I related to this course so well.
I have considered myself an "Artist" for quite some time now,
but having the courage to actually call myself that to others,
was a whole nother thing!
there was something so gentle and caring about her.
Her illustrations and artwork are amazing,
her written word was speaking right to my heart even more.
When she introduced her E-course, I was really excited about it,
and it was coming at a perfect time for me!
I try to enroll in different e-courses, to learn from so many
wonderful creatives as I can.
I am like a sponge, just soaking up all the creative ideas and energy!
The Internet makes learning and sharing so easy nowadays!
We don't always have the resources or the time to travel all over
attending wonderful art retreats.
The invention or creation (excuse the pun)
of e-courses was brilliant. They are popping up all over,
it is hard to pick and choose which one to take.
I love attending class with coffee in one hand,
and staying in the comfort of my jammies,
all in the privacy of my own home,
on my own schedule and with no make up!
All the while I am part of a community with my fellow class members,
sharing ideas, encouraging one another and developing new friendships!
It is truly an awesome way to learn.
Stephanie has taught us in so many ways with videos on Monday mornings,
everyday a post that inspires a way to live more creatively,
there has been exercises to work on,
interviews with fellow creatives,
I received a postcard from Stephanie (sent all the way from Venice),
smiles, ideas, creative projects, inspiring thoughts and conversations,
our own private facebook group,
what a wonderful learning experience it has been!
I don't look forward to it ending soon.
It has been my early morning ritual for the past
Thank you Stephanie, for leading by example.
For inspiring and sharing so much of your knowledge with us,
for encouraging the inner artist (the fellow creative inside all of us)
to come out and play,
to have confidence in ourselves and in the artwork we are producing.
You truly did inspire courage for me to step forward even more.
I recommend this course over and over again,
and can't shout it's praises enough!
She is starting another one in the new year, don't miss it.
I leave you with one of my favorite exercises from the course!
Stephanie gave us a list of questions to ponder on
and gave us the freedom to add any more that came to us . . . here is my list :
I believe that I can . . .
I have the courage to . . .
I welcome . . .
I celebrate . . .
I listen to . . .
I am grateful for . . .
I wish that . . .
I know without a doubt . . .
I love myself because . . .
I create because . . .
I hear deep within . . .
I am happy because . . .
Creatively and Courageously Yours!
Friday, October 28, 2011
|What I am feeling this week!|
S e r e n d i p i t y
I don't even know how to begin to describe the magic that happened this past week at Serendipity Art Retreats in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
It has taken me days to even be able to write about it!
I decided that the best way for me to describe it
is with word descriptions that keep popping in my head,
and are remaining in my heart
so here it goes:
Friendships, so many smiles and hugs, giggles, art,
creativity, walks on the beautiful beach,
watching the strong waves,
delicious food, laughter and dancing, magic,
quiet time, self reflection, bonfire on the beach,
opening ceremony and setting intentions,
Michelle sharing those intentions,
my heart skipping a beat,
meeting new friends, reuniting with old friends,
happiness and more happiness,
watching Elizabeth knit in her pigtails,
twinkle lights everywhere,
late night painting and laughter,
reaching out to someone new
story telling, always sharing,
opening up our innermost feelings,
beautiful oceanside room,
lots of photography,
teaching a friend to knit
and watching her get it,
class time and more creativity,
talking and laughing,
smudging with Pixie,
savoring gratitude with Michelle,
yoga and massage,
intuitive painting with Mindy,
yummy food and fellowship time,
Michelle's homemade cobbler for dessert,
reading a friend's heartfelt poetry,
stolen moments with special friends!
That special wave goodbye at the end of the driveway
when it was time to head back home,
I will never forget!
I realize what an opportunity it was to attend
this beautiful experience. It is one I will never forget!
How rare it is when a group of 30 or more women
can come together and retreat together.
Going home more centered and with new friendships formed.
Struggling with re-entry and missing what was.
Women need girlie times together.
Women need to get away.
It makes us stronger, it makes us happier,
and it pulls together all the inner feelings
that are rumbling about in the head and heart.
Life is busy and I know for my own self
I am calmer and more at peace
for taking the time to get away
to create and learn new things,
What a gift it was to bond with
my Serendipity Sisters.
What an awesome experience it was,
my heart is over filled!
I am truly not the same.
Please stop by and visit my flicker site,
you will find lots of my fun photos of Serendipity!
Hope to see you there!
With love and gratitude,