Bagels for my boys. We can’t seem to find any good whole wheat bagels in town, so it has come to this. Making homemade bagels. With all the kneading involved, I’m get really buff triceps. :p
I’ve also been making these amazing raw cookies. I got the recipe from Raw and Simple cookbook by Judita Wignal, but you can see the video on how to make these here. I didn’t have any raisins, so I added chocolate chips instead, and I added a tbsp of raw cocoa powder. It’s almost like eating cookie dough. My guys LOVED them.
Getting back into the groove with a new painting. This ones is on heavy weight watercolor paper. I love the brightness of it with the bright yellow and blue and a touch of pink.
I’ve been recovering from a house full of sick kids, a sore back and just not really feeling any major inspiration to do anything but read (not to mention all the school meetings and projects, time lines, ancestry, etc). The first month of school is always so hectic, but I think we are settling back into our little routines and rhythm and everyone is finally healthy again.
I was happy to see the inspiring little prompts over on Flora Bowley’s blog. Bloom True Boot Camp is what it’s called, if you haven’t seen it yet. I thought it a nice guiding light for the week to get me through.
I love the reminders to move, play, enjoy the quiet. Just what I needed to re-fuel. By the end of the week, I had picked up my paintbrush and was painting again. I’ll be sharing some new stuff very soon.
After I filled all the paged of this journal, I was about to stick it up on my shelf with all of my other journals, but hesitated. This black cover needs painting! So, I put it back on my table and got to work.
I love, love, love it! I wanted the girl to blend and fade into the background and wasn’t quite sure how I was going to make that work, but it did. I hope I can remember exactly what that was!
The cover has all the things I love most. Bright colors, texture, inspiring words and a portrait of a girl with big soulful eyes.
One thing I regret about this journal is not dating each page I did. I blogged about almost everything in it, so I could probably figure it out if I really wanted to, but the very first page I did was in September of ’09. That’s almost 5 years ago!! I didn’t go in order either. I just opened randomly to a page and started painting.
One cool thing is that you can really see how much my style has changed and developed over the last 5 years, it’s just not in order from start to finish. Also, this moleskine was the first one that I ever bought for painting in and it’s been a wonderful journey going through all the pages.
I finished up the very last pages of my moleskine art journal.
It was funny because when I finished and did a little happy dance. Then I thought, wait!! Have to to do something about that black cover. So, that is what I worked on today.
Will share it tomorrow.
These three pages were started ages ago, and I just lost interest in them. Since I only have one page left in my journal to finish, I thought I’d better finish these too.
bird in flight
Have a happy weekend!
Sketch to paint.
Inspired by this photograph that I found on pinterest.
We’ve been watching Merlin on Netflix. We love that show!! We started watching it over the summer break, and have just started the 5th season.
I just had to paint Morgana le Fay, with her black hair, blue eyes and velvety purple dress.
A young girl with her new dolly.
This was inspired by the young girls in my son’s class. The really tall, pretty girls who look and probably feel awkward in there skin and growing bodies, not knowing how beautiful they are.
I am really loving the shimmery look of using metallic paints.
This one has golden glimmering highlights in her hair.