Watercoloring Week 5

watercolor poppies

How did it become Monday already?!?

I hope you had a nice weekend.  We sure did!  And there is so much to share…  I’m certain it will take all week.

Our “Best Book Club Ever” started up again for this year, and Hubby got to choose the book and lead the discussion.  He rocked it talking about one of his favorite real-life adventure books, “Touching the Void.”

It was so great to see friends we haven’t seen for a few months, spend time at one of our favorite places on earth with some of our favorite peeps – the hosts – my cousins Joyce and ‘Oh Rob,” and drink wine and share some good food and discussion.


Joyce is another one of my artistic mentors, so the poor thing hardly had a chance to open her eyes and have a sip or two of coffee Sunday morning…after a very late night…. before I started drilling her with watercolor questions.  We sat in her studio for a couple hours yesterday morning (while the guys went out to breakfast) where she shared with me about the type of paper she uses, brushes and paints she likes, and a chest full of books she has used through the years for inspiration.  My discouraged passion was re-ignited, and I wasn’t home long before I was perusing the books and mixing paints and at it again.

watercolor poppy

To top that off, we arrived home to find an amazing package in the mail from a fellow blogger – and artist extraordinaire – Jill Kuhn @ Jill’s Art Journal – with a special drawing in it that I fell in love with and an extra gift to boot (I’ll be sure to share soon!).

AND to top the whole weekend off ….. we arrived home to an egg in the cardinal’s nest!  WOOHOO!!!

The sun was shining, the air was crisp, trees are budding, flowers are bursting open, and we thoroughly enjoyed our weekend.

I took about an hour to paint these two little paintings.

After reading through some of my newly-borrowed books and watching a YouTube video by Art TV, I did these two poppy watercolor paintings.  The fun thing about these is that I did NOT sketch them ahead.  Simply took water and paint to paper and created.  It was quite liberating and enjoyable!

These will become thank you cards for a few special peeps I need to thank.

Happy Monday my friends!

Cheers & Hugs,


41 thoughts on “Watercoloring Week 5

    • Oh Lois! Thank you for your kind encouragement. Can’t wait to join you and the others to share doing this together some time. I have a long way to go to catch up though!!!


  1. Very nice! You are doing great with your painting! It’s just getting better and better. Now you are going to have to add “painting” to your blog title. How exciting there is an egg in the cardinal nest! Wish you could take a photo of it and share.

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    • Thanks a bunch! I think I am improving little by little, but then I’ll try something and think – oh I can do that better or it doesn’t turn out how I expected – like I did here – wonder if you can tell which I did first and which I thought was an improvement?? Then I could be wrong – or… is it all in the eye of the beholder. I still want to do it better. I could make myself crazy, but just trying to chill and enjoy! It is so fun!


  2. I guess if there is a pecking order-I will line up behind you. Hopefully, I will be able to keep up. You are brave. You put yourself out there. I am not there yet???
    We also had a great time this weekend. It was so good to see you and Marty. No more teasing Jack’s Yeti.

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    • Not sure if it is a book I’d recommend for it’s literary value, but if you like true life adventure, you will enjoy. Surprisingly, it seemed to be a fave of our eclectic group. 🙂


  3. Hi Jodi! So excited to hear there are 2 eggs in the nest! Yahoo!!! Love your poppy paintings. Isn’t it fun to play and watch the colors blend together in watercolors? And thanks for mentioning me in your blog. So sweet of you! ❤️🌈🎨

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