Monthly Archives: June 2019

Which Way Photo Challenge: Hiking Trail


My offering for the Which Way Photo Challenge:


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From the Creator’s Heart #209


Image 11-6-18 at 1.01 PM

A Photo a Week Challenge: View


Today I’m taking Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week Challenge. Here’s a view taken at North Mountain Park in Phoenix:


And this one is a view of our backyard featuring Ralph the chihuahua and Mr. Peebody the fountain:


And this is a view of a small portion of the Rose Garden at Mesa (Arizona) Community College:


ICAD 2019 Week 4

ICAD 2019 Week 4

I am taking the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge, making tiny art. For the month of June, I’m concentrating on scripture lettering.

I still haven’t gotten the hang of a brush pen. My upstrokes and downstrokes are indistinguishable, even though I’m trying to go up gently and down firmly. Here’s my effort for Day 22:


On Sunday I took a trip to JoAnn’s to buy a specific shade of green thread, and I happened to pass a rack of books on sale for 30% off, and several of them were about lettering and calligraphy. I flipped through them and selected Written By Hand by Erica Tighe, because it’s written for beginners, and she includes step by step instructions for four alphabets. Although she mentions the brush pen method referenced above, she dwells more on lettering that can be achieved with an ordinary pen. My lettering immediately improved. (I also bought the adorable mini-easel.)

Day 23. I really like how God’s will turned out:


Day 24:


Day 25. This is my favorite this week, because of the flowers:


Day 26. Unfortunately, I ruined it when I added the teardrops:


Day 27:


Day 28. I was going to embellish the letters, but it looks fine just the way it is:


It’s not too late to join in. ICAD runs through July 31. You don’t have to do what I’m doing–do whatever would be fun for you.


Creative Juice #144


Creativity + skill = masterpiece!

In the Meme Time: The King and the Pawn


the King and the Pawn

Thank you to Laura Drake. Found on Twitter.

Guest Post: “The Night Café” by Vincent van Gogh from Joy of Museums


Thanks to Joy of Museums for this commentary on The Night Café, a painting by Van Gogh that I’ve never seen before.


“The Night Café” by Vincent van Gogh depicts the interior of Café de la Gare, in Arles. Five customers are sitting at tables, and a waiter in a light coat is standing and facing the viewer.  A half-curtained doorway in the centre background is leading to more private quarters.  The title of this painting is inscribed lower right beneath the signature. In highly contrasting and vivid colours, the paint is applied thickly, with the perspective leading toward the door in the back.

Van Gogh stayed up for three consecutive nights to paint the picture, sleeping during the day. Van Gogh wrote to his brother about the Café:

“… staying open all night. “Night prowlers” can take refuge there when they have no money to pay for a lodging or are too drunk to be taken in. ”

To continue reading this article, click here.

Video of the Week #207: The Real Jersey Shore


This was filmed very close to where I grew up. I am overwhelmed with homesickness whenever I watch it.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 3 items or the number three


I’m taking Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge today. My pictures are from the local Renaissance Festival last February.

I love these three gargoyles, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil:


And these musicians call themselves Three Guys and a Bunch of Drums:


Fun Foto

Wordless Wednesday: Twisty Trees