Monday, September 22, 2014

Butterflies, butterflies, butterflies!

It's always a great day when you get to enjoy good company, a cupcake at The Cup, and visit the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in St. Louis.  It had been a while since I'd been out there, so I asked my friend, Barb and her son, if they'd like to join me.  These amazing little creatures always make me smile!  And if it wasn't so darn hot in those houses...I'd stay all day.  :o)
 



















Monday, September 8, 2014

A Walk in the Park

There's a park practically in my backyard that I didn't even know about until a friend of mine mentioned she'd been there called Lone Elk Park.  There are a couple of trails in the park, but what makes it special are the Elk and Bison that live there.  Our first trip, we walked a part of the one trail.  We went near sunset the second time and saw some deer near the lake.  Had hoped the elk would be down near the water...not this evening.  It'll be beautiful this fall with the lake against the changing leaves.  A great place to go practice my mountain hiking, get ready for our next trip!


 
The whole family
 


 
Awww...a baby! 


 

 
 
 

 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Zendoodling

Most everybody that knows me, knows that I love all things creative.  I've dabbled in a lot of different things over the years.  Thanks to my momma, who made sure we were exposed to lots of opportunities when we were young.  She had me in music and art classes as far back as I can remember.  I loved my art classes in high school and experimented with all kinds of mediums.  Some of my favorites were pen and ink.  Several years ago I picked up my pen again.  I started drawing some animal characters and filled them in with doodles.  They are kind of cute.  Most of these I used my old mechanical pen with India ink.




 
 
 
Recently, I realized that there is a name for this type of drawing...Zendoodles or Zentangles!  I'm not into the whole "Zen" thing, but I love the designs and the detail of these drawings.  I have to say it's pretty addicting.  The idea is to just doodle without giving it much thought, however, I'm one of those perfectionists so I sketch mine out with pencil before outlining.  Here are the projects I've been working on the past couple weeks. I've started using Sakura Art Markers for outlining and filling in.  They are a lot easier to use than the mechanical pen which is really fine and tends to clog on me all the time.
 
 
The next one is filled in with watercolor pencils giving it a soft watercolor look.


 
This is my first mandala...almost finished with a second larger one that is getting colored in with markers and a blending pen.  Coming soon!
 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Surprise!

It had been a good day already with visiting the bird sanctuary, photographing butterflies, and lunch with a good friend.  While watching the nightly news, the doorbell unexpectedly rings.  You know, one of those, "you answer the door, Hon, it's dark out" moments.  So, John gets up thinking it a bit strange to have a knock on the door that late.  And all I hear from the couch is, "What are you doing here?"  She did a good job, I never had a clue.  There they were, Beki and Corey with two little kittens in hand!  I was totally surprised, but so excited to see them.  I about busted out in tears.  They were only here for two days and one of them they spent visiting her old friends.  On that day, I couldn't resist a few photos of these cutest kittens.  Luna is the gray and white one and Marley is beige.  I tell ya, it's like chasing two year olds around trying to photograph them!

 
They played, they chased,

 
...they explored,





...they hid
 
 

 
...they fought


 
...and finally they slept!
 


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