Tuesday, June 10, 2014


untitled ~ acrylic paint, pan and oil pastels, charcoal and colored pencils and watercolors in 'daily book', 3 1/2" x 5"

it's been so long!  it's not easy to narrow things down, sum them up!  

pen, pencil, watercolors, colored pencil in pocket 'hand book'

i'll start with what i've been doing a lot of in my 'daily book', which is drawing/painting imaginary  flowers,

pen, pencil, watercolors, colored pencil in pocket 'hand book'

and these kind of people. 

pencil and colored pencil in pocket 'hand book'

i call them 'simple people' because there isn't much to them, but still, a few lines can convey a lot.


drawing and painting at home have taken a back seat to wandering, though.


it seems like a lifetime ago that i walked day after day on south facing ridges so i could smell the flowers on these bushes.  i'd love it if someone could ID them for me - i have no idea what they're called!  they smell like cinnamon buns with vanilla icing on top, and i will do just about anything to be out walking amongst them.


weeks - and many fragrant flowers - later, i'm entranced with a small patch of mountain lady's slippers.   this is the first time i've seen them here, and i visit them almost every day.  they smell like baby powder...
 

i've drawn on a lot of cans, sticks, and rocks, and left them behind...








for all of them i used a mechanical pencil and prismacolor colored pencils.


i've also been taking a small watercolor set with me and painting what i see.   first i draw with pencil without erasing;  if i don't like a line, i draw another i like better.  and then i paint it without being too particular about accuracy.   that way it stays fun, and i've loved doing it.


the arrow is pointing to the little watercolor book drying in the sun, and my watercolor set is in front of the chair, but what i wanted to show you is the chair.   it's made by REI, and it's called a 'flex lite' chair.  it weighs 1 lb. 12 oz., and it's super duper!!   if you're interested in a lightweight hiking/camping chair, check it out...


one more thing...   i took the table out of my tiny art room and made it into a place where i can sit and draw/paint/read.  it came to me one day that i've *never* liked sitting at a table to work, so why did i have a table in my art room?!  crazy...   i really love it the way it is now.


seen this morning - a gold beetle!  whoa!  

 nature...

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 “The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” 

~ Pablo Picasso (via tumblr)

24 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your lovely paintings and sketches.Your art room looks a lovely cozy place to work in.

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    1. hi fuzzie fingers... it *is* a lovely cozy place...

      i wish you happy summer days. : )

      xoxo

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  2. Thank you too for all this beauty! Wonderful paintings, Summer ideas and a wonderful artroom! So many things to go hurry into my room and work away with my art Journal .
    Have a wonderful Summer Time.
    Be greeted from Erika

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    1. hello erika, waving to you across the water! i wish you a wonderful summer too... : )

      xoxo

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  3. Hello Lynne! Your world is inspiring as always. The chair looks like a perfect thing for you nature outings. Your paintings are just wonderful...the people are like tiny ancestors and the flowers sticking out of their hats just steals my heart.

    xoxo

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  4. Ohhhh, I need to be in those woods, wandering, breathing in those scents. It would make up for a lot. And -- I adore the colors in the first painting. xoxo

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  5. Sweet Lynne, I am just gonna say that I ADORE you cozy art space, how wonderful and inspiring to have a special spot that offers hours upon hours of delight. And your 'simple people' are lovely and contain so much personality. You are so right, it only take a little to speak volumes, your drawings and paintings are always like that. I wish I could spend an hour or 2 tromping through the woods with you, stopping from time to time to take notice of Ma Natures bounty, she offers up a lot for all the times she takes away. xxooxx

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  6. You give plein-air painting a whole new meaning. Love your outdoor artwork. I would be so excited to find art bits while out hiking! And your simple people look like garden fairies - you are so connected to the earth spirits.
    And your art room looks divine!
    xxoo

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  7. Lynne, Oh, I love that quote, it is so true. I love everything here! So wonderful when you post, always a treat. xoxo

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  8. Dearest lynne so lovely to see what you have been doing over the weeks. I've missed you. I read your post smelling the wild flowers and that beetle???! Woah indeed never seen anything like it..how beautiful.

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  9. Isn't ladys slippers the most wonderful name. :) x

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  10. Idyllic springs to mind! Love it all! I don't know if we get Lady's Slippers here. If we do I have never seen one. And I love the description of the scent of the yellow plant. yellow Gorse here smells of coconut which I always thing is strange but lovely. At night at the moment my garden smells of honeysuckle and Jasmine, and in the evening it is filled with the sounds of squawking parakeets who are feasting on the cherry tree two doors down. Love the summer!

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  11. Hello sweetpea so glad you popped up ,knew you would be out in your beloved woods doing what you love...awesome post ,a bit of everything...simple people ,rusty tins ,imaginary flowers ,perfect...guess what I sit mainly in my recliner table beside me and a lap tray ,it's perfect for painting small...sending big hugz xoxo

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  12. so lovely to hear from you Lynne.
    lovely to hear of your wanderings, your love of spring
    lady slippers
    and are the yellow bushy flowers Scotch Broom by any chance? I remember them from California, they smelled so good!

    I send you love as you wander and find and make treasures.

    I also do not have an art table.... i dream of having one some day, but maybe cuddled in the corner of my couch is perfect.
    xo

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  13. This post is like a breath of fresh air and I feel that I've been painting out in the sun with you! I love your sketches, I love the things you've painted and left for people to find. I wonder what lies ahead for them whether someone takes it home or leaves it there for others to enjoy. Your art room looks so cosy and I find working at my table a bit limiting so maybe I should copy your idea and paint somewhere else!
    Jess xx

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  14. Wonderful to join you on your travels Lynne. I love seeing your work and finding out what you are up to!

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  15. A lovely wander with you Lynne - love the little chair but they are so expensive here in the uk so will continue sitting on a plastic bag that also serves for collecting!

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  16. Lol, laughing at you moving out the table, I can relate to that, I dream of a way to juggle all my supplies without spilling them all over my doona. Love to curl up with paper and a pen and love thinking of you curled up in this wonderful space.

    Also dreaming of strolling along and finding one of your left behind treasures.
    Gxx

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  17. simple is always good... and adore your forest treasures...
    yes, laughing about your art table and sitting down... i am too fidgety to sit I like to work at a table and seeing it all the way around would be good for me.. a table in the middle of the room would be nice.... sigh.. xoxo

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  18. The lady's slipper is glorious, Lynne, and I don't know of a plant that smells like cinnamon buns - but I'd like to! Love the simple people and imaginary flowers; sounds like the perfect place to live, to me...Wish I was wandering with you! xxoo

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  19. What a delicious visit ! Thank you for coming and sharing the richness of your living these days, Lovely Lynne. You inspire.
    Light and love !

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  20. Your work is full of heart. I love that you offer drawings on rusty found objects back
    to mother earth. It's a beautiful and gracious act.

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  21. i had almost given up hope you would reappear. this made my day together with an invitation to go and see joan baez in concert in santa barbara. i love seeing your world, inside and out; that little room of yours, the little,spots you choose to sit and paint, but above all what you paint. may i ask if the top blueish little face might be available. if so, reserve for me. love seeing you back

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