For the Love of Art & a Give Away. . .

Hello my friends,
I certainly would not call myself an artist, but as long as I can remember I have always been a doodler.
through the years I have enjoyed trying my hand at different types of art.
Years ago I took Tole Painting lessons and then taught classes for quite a few years.

Every now and then I like to try my hand at water coloring.
I love it and am thinking of signing up for a class.  I'd like to learn how to do it correctly.
A year ago I started an art garden book. 
We went on a hike Friday and I brought home one little leaf.  It was the inspiration for my latest water color.

I'm not loving how they turned out, but I still had fun.  I definitely think I needed to use more water.

Here are some of the other pages I have created in my art book.
Pansies and Snapdragons. . .two of my favorite spring flowers.

I made this page after spying a fat robin hopping around in my garden earlier this year.
Notice the titles of the two songs?

In June I pulled out my acrylic paints and painted a rose.  I found that I was a little rusty, but at least
you could tell it was a rose.
Art is such a wonderful way to expand our horizons and helps give us a feeling of accomplishment.
There are so many of you that have amazing talent.  But, if you are like me and just like to doodle I encourage you to give things a try!
And now here's your chance.
Tania from Farragoz contacted me and asked if I would like to do a give away of her amazing on line class.
I have not taken it myself, but know three bloggers who have and loved it.
It teaches you amazing techniques!
For painting furniture, and
before you know it you will be turning simple concrete or ceramic angels into vintage looking pieces of art.
I think my garden angel is wishing that I could win.
(nope, not eligible)
Wishing you lots of luck!
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


quakerhillfarm said...

I am loving your art journal! Great inspiration! Have a beautfiul art filled week! Lynn

Anonymous said...

I love your pages, so pretty and free! Keep it up!

Art and Sand said...

Your journal is beautiful.

I love to journal, but don't do it much. And now, my arthritis issues make it difficult for me to even sign my name.

Kameel huise tussen spore said...

Dear Jan
Thanks for always taking care of bringing such an interesting blog. Enjoying everyone and always looking forward to the next. A special thanks for the lesson in watercolor.
Lots of blessings from South Africa

Sandi Magle said...

I love the thoughts, quotes and inspiring little bits of art…everything doesn't have to be a masterpiece. Sometimes we need to appreciate the 'process' instead of the result. Color or paint with a three-year old…for that lesson.

Lovely post, please do more of this, Sandi

sweetbriardreams said...

Such a wonderful journal, recording the flowers and leaves are just brilliant. Something to look back through in the winter and what you achieved. Just wonderful xx

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Jann , you can do just about everything! I love your watercolors. How fun to have them all in a book. Enjoy your day! Jo

My Painted Garden said...

Jann, your water colors are charming - hope you keep up with your painting.
Have a creative day, Erin

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love your art book! Your watercolors look wonderful. I took a Tole painting course many, many years ago and painted on velvet a lot. I gave all my pieces of art away as gifts. I may have one rose left. I loved it but these days my fingers can't even open my water bottle! :-(

Cheryl said...

I love your journal, you did a great job and I love your painting skills! Watercolor is one class I would love to learn, maybe someday!

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your art journal and I love you painted flower too!!

20 North Ora said...

Your paintings on your journal pages are beautiful! I think watercolours are my favorite but also the hardest. I just love the effect of them tho.

Beautiful pieces.


Stephanie said...

Sweet Jann, your garden journal is so lovely! I really like your water colors and the robin painted on the sheet music is darling!

Thank you for taking the time to share your sweetness with Roses of Inspiration. Have a beautiful week. Hugs!

Joy Junktion said...

I love your garden art pages, so much fun!! Enjoy! Blessings, Cindy

Tanya Rachelle said...

Beautiful art! Lovely watercolors and wow! Just wow. Beautiful.

Unknown said...

I think your work is beautiful Jann! There are no mistakes in art, every time you paint, you learn something new. Keep it up!

camp and cottage living said...

I didn't realize you were an artist. Your watercolours are so lovely! I'm sure your family will find this a treasure in years to come.

Unknown said...

Fabulous journal, gorgeous colours! Keep up the wonderful work. x

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I loved seeing your art work, Jann. It's great to keep learning and trying new things in this glorious life.

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Lovely journal! The leaves look great in watercolour. I've been planning to start a watercolour journal as well. I really love that look!

Unknown said...

I love your leaves and snapdragons! The one time I tried to watercolor seriously the instructor looked at it and announced it was an abtract. I found it hilarious but haven't tried again. With a journal like that it would be easy to turn to. Stopping by from Roses of Inspiration.

handmade by amalia said...

Your art book is absolutely lovely, Jann, love the watercolors. I even love the little lace bookmark.

Creations By Cindy said...

Love your doodles! WOW! Jann, you are very gifted and talented. Love it! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Unknown said...

Beautiful book you have made. Your very talented! Thanks for stopping by my site.


Lilac Cottage Homestead said...

You art is very Lovely!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

Judy said...

Your art garden journal is beautiful.Have a great day! :)

Julie said...

You definitely have a talent, Jann! I love your art journal pages!

Unknown said...

First off, lets get something cleared up, you, my friend, are definitely an artist and a great one at that. Art comes in many many different forms and you are certainly one talented artist gal. I love the idea of art journaling, I took this up just recently and find that on Sunday afternoons it's a wonderful time to spend up in my creative space. Your little song bird is a delight, I might need to give that a go myself.

Sarah said...

Jann, I admire you for creating a garden art journal. You are inspiring me to try to do one for myself.

Conniecrafter said...

oh wow this is very pretty artwork in your journal, what a great extra something to have those lovely flowers in there. Really like that bird on the music sheet too!

Debbie Walker said...

Your doodles look a lot like beautiful art from where I sit!