Simplify for the New Year! 

I am always trying to par down on my #urbansketchinggear. I found this nylon briefcase ‘of a thing’ at a thrift store. It is working great! It has some odd straps I can’t figure out. Straps that must be for your neck and waist. No shoulder strap ironically! But it has a handle so it will work for me. It also has a mesh bag on the front outside. The brand is Axius. I tried to find one on the web, but gave up after I got side tracked looking at Leather cross body bags! My thrift treasure will work fine saving me $$$$$$$. 


“When you sit down to eat, pray. When you eat bread, do so thanking Him for being so generous to you. If you drink wine, be mindful of Him who has given it to you for your pleasure and as a relief in sickness. When you dress, thank Him for His kindness in providing you with clothes. When you look at the sky and the beauty of the stars, throw yourself at God’s feet and adore Him who in His wisdom has arranged things in this way. Similarly, when the sun goes down and when it rises, when you are asleep or awake, give thanks to God, who created and arranged all things for your benefit, to have you know, love and praise their Creator.”— St. Basil the Great

1/3 experimenting with collage and watercolor

There were 2 chunks of textured paper glued on my watercolor paper before I started.  I used Mod Podge for glue. I expected the concentration of pigment in the paper collage areas. I glued the paper before I knew what I was painting. Lesson learned😜 know where the collage will effect the pigment concentration. Preferably not in the sky which created a hairy texture! It worked wonderfully along the shore bank line, excentuating grasses. 

A friends photo

My friend Kelly Buntin Johnson regularly takes a photo of sunrise and sunsets on her farm. They are really extraordinary. She is also a master artist/ beader. Kelly posts these on Facebook, so I feel ok about putting her work on my blog. You can find some of Kelly’s beadwork in Weston at Missouri Bluffs.