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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Painting At The Lake ...

Hello my dear friends,

last week Sunday it was time to take a little break from house and gardenwork and spend some time with my lovely daughters.

We headed to a flea market at Lake Huron where I was really good and didn't spend a lot of money. After that we took to the beach. We just wanted to spend a little sitting in the sand but oh my gosh ... it was so crowded! Even though it was very busy, we were very fortunate to find a spot to sit and that close to the waters edge. 

We hadn't brought our swimsuits along because bad weather and storms had be in the forecast but we did bring water coloring and sketching things instead. For the first little while I took to looking for beach glass as I do every time I am at the beach. It has become my "thing". When ever I am at a beach, I try to find one piece of beach glass.

 And I did!

That done and dusted, it was time to sit down and be creative. We soon noticed that we didn't actually bring everything we needed after all, so a food tray became our paint pallet and ...

... what other than lake water was used to paint with.

I chose to paint what was right in front of me which was the sky and it's clouds, the lake and the beach. I painted my picture less the many people that were there and also without any guidelines, just straight ahead brush and paint to paper.

Looking at it,  I don't think it didn't turn out too bad for my first attempt of doing it like this but more practice is still needed for sure. 

It was so relaxing to just sit and watch the gently moving water and paint.
The more I concentrated on what I was doing, the more the noise of all the people in the water and on the beach became less intense and the sound of the shallow waves hitting the shore became more dominant. That changed once some seagulls turned up though. 

One of them had found something tasty to eat ...

... and another one wanted a piece of it.

He stood close by, waiting to make his move but it the end the seagull with the tasty food just took to the air and flew away.

On the drive home the bad weather decided to not hold off anymore and ... 

... at one stage I pulled over and stood for a few moments because of the intense rain. Luckily it moved on very fast and we got back home OK. Overall our day was very nice! I got to practice my water coloring skills a little more and spend some time with my two baby girls ~ it couldn't have been better!

Back at home, I have finally finished painting our entry hall and upstairs hallway. All I need to do now, is find somethings to hang on the walls and a new little hall table but there is not rush really. I have just started working on a few new bits and pieces that I have recently bought and I am excited to share them with you all once they are done. So when ever you have a few spare moments, why don't you drop by again, here at Todolwen and see what I have been up too.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Oh Karen, what a beautiful painting!
    Wish to be there with you and see the seagulls.

    Hugs Ines♥

  2. Sounds like you had an awesome day out with your girls and you got to be creative as well! Thank you for sharing!
    (hugs) Cara

  3. Lovely little painting....a nice day at the beach and it reflects in that painting.

  4. What a beautiful place to capture nature at it's best. Love your painting. Love the up close pic of the seagull to see his/her beautiful gray spots. Just so pretty. Happy New Week.

  5. Beautiful subject. Beautiful lake.

    Keep painting!

  6. I very much like your pattern it's beautiful,thank for sharing good i dea !