Ok, so this is an easy list week, list the reasons I love my country! For more information on the Listography Lists, go to Here.
People who know me well, know that I am patriotic and am a liberal, gosh, do they go hand in hand?
Here is my list:
1. My mother’s family arrived in Massachusetts in 1639 and my family was a part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, so I feel like I have deep roots in this country.
2. Our constitution.
3. Our Bill of Rights.
4. Admitting our mistakes, it takes awhile, but we have a national discussion about race, slavery, the native american issue, etc.
5. We have a museum in D.C. that is all about how we treated the Native Americans, all out in the open.
6. We have a truly diverse country, visit Australia and you will see what I mean.
7. The incredible beauty.
8. Freedom of expression, I know I already listed the Bill of Rights, but this is so incredible that it deserves to be mentioned by itself.
9. A belief in human rights
10. We assist each other on a citizen level, like in disasters, a local knitting group around the corner has organized blankets to be sent to the children in Missouri.
Ok, that is all for now. What are your reasons?
I have been so busy, visiting with family and getting ready for my 4 shows this week, yikes!! I am in the process of photographing my new art to post on my Etsy site and to sell at my real world art shows.
One new item I want to tell you about are my photo giclees. They are digitally enhanced photos I took this past summer at the Jersey shore.
These giclees are printed on canvas with a black border, stretched, and wired for hanging. very easy gift for someone who loves the ocean and especially the Jersey shore!
Keep watching, I should have them available by tomorrow:)
Read more about my studio at: Yellow Day.
It was a day of walking about, swimming, shopping, and basically soaking in the florals and the Hawaiian sun!
I found the coolest earrings in my shopping adventure today. When traveling, I always try and find the local artist guild to locate the best local artists. In Paia, I found a small guild with some especially unique jewelry made from flowers, yes made from flowers, not a sketch painting, likeness, made from the actual flower petals.
These little gem earrings are made by Joan Mercer, “Floral Artist” from Kahului, Hawaii. She has a magnificent garden and takes the petals from her flowers and makes jewelry and wind chimes from them. How cool!
More over the weekend, have a great Saturday!
Read more at: I’m Back!
I have been trying to get back into the swing of things today. But during all my organizing for the week, I have been thinking about color. I love color, always have. It makes me feel happy when there is lots of it, and certain colors make me feel different ways. For instance blue, my favorite color is soothing, and yellow is happy and sunny, but can’t take too much of it. Dark colors feel like they should be inside at night, reds and oranges feel like autumn is coming, pastels are youth and hope. What colors are your favorite and how do they make you feel?
I am teaching a watercolor workshop in Ventnor, NJ on Friday on Color and Composition. Color is intuitive to me, I know when to use it and how to design the color choices. My job is to teach beginning artists how to obtain the right color choices and make the color pure and bright. One thing I have realized is that many people don’t know the basics of color theory. For example, the 3 pure colors are blue, red, and yellow. No other color is combined to make these colors, in fact all colors come from these magical three. Isn’t that cool, 3 colors, that is all there is?! Our first task in my workshop will be to compose a painting with these basic, or primary colors.
We will also paint a small study with analogous colors, colors that are similar to each other, like blues and greens.
We will also talk about various artists in history and how they have used color to capture a mood or tell a story.
Should be a lot of fun, especially because I will be talking about color!
For more information on my workshop, please contact me here .
Read more about Joye’s creative life at: Wet Watercolors.
Be sure and check out my artwork on sale here.
So glad to be back! Totally rejuvenated after spending beach time with family!
We spent quality time in the sand…
Played with paints….
And had soooo much fun!!
Now back to my blog, yeah!! Lots of new things percolating here at Joyefulart. Check out my schedule of posts for each week, full of creativity tips, inspiration, artwork, and finds!
I joined a Creative Color Challenge. This challenge is for the month of August. All participating are to create something each week with a different color and black and white. This week is yellow and here is my submission:
This is a photo manipulation of a VERY colorful pastel and watercolor I did in which I eliminated all colors but yellow, what do you think?
I am filled with excitement with the new items I will be featuring soon, one hint, a giveaway and something different than paintings will be involved!! A Hawaii blog week is coming, AND…..
My new Etsy shop is coming in the fall,as well as a Wellness Retreat, watercolor classes, a challenge…. all coming in the fall!!! Wow, can’t wait!
Read more at: Flowers and Ocean
Remember, my fine art prints and originals are available HERE.
I went for a walk in the early morning today at the beach and was so inspired! Here is part of that walk…