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ICAD2019: Week 5


I am participating in the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge. I finished the month of June with two more Scripture passages.

Day 29:



Day 30:


For the month of July, I’ll be merging ICAD with World Watercolor Month, whose goal is to make a watercolor painting every day in July. I’ll be painting on index cards in the spirit of ICAD.

I don’t think I’ve done any watercolor since last July.

Day 31/1–the prompt is primary palette. A beach ball is an obvious choice for a red/yellow/blue palette. I also mixed the blue with white for the shadow, and then decided I needed a background, so I blended the light blue with gray. Too much gray. Note to self: in the future, paint the background first.


Day 32/2–the prompt is sunny sky. If my sky seems a little intense, it’s because after three service calls, our air conditioner died, and we had no AC in the Arizona desert for four days. The temperature outside on July 1 was 110; inside was 97. Fortunately, a new unit was installed Tuesday, and our house is much more hospitable now.


Day 33/3–the prompt is picnic food, but I never got beyond the tablecloth. You know how when you put a tablecloth down on the grass, it’s never smooth? That’s the effect I was going for.


Day 34/ 4–I went off-prompt. I painted the background, and when it dried, I tangled two Zentangle patterns, Cindyer and Poa.


Day 35/5–the prompt is loose & free.  I tried to paint a picture of a girl whose long sun-streaked hair was hanging loose and free down her back.


It’s not too late to join in the fun! ICAD and World Watercolor Month run through the end of July.

Creative Juice #145

Creative Juice #145

Lots of artsy stuff this week:


Tuesday Photo Challenge: Radiance Outdoors

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Radiance Outdoors

Yesterday at about six o’clock I was sitting outside in the backyard when I noticed the way the sun, low in the sky, was shining on my neighbor’s palm tree. The light was catching the glossiness of the green leaves and making them glow. Then the breeze picked up, and for about ten minutes it seemed like the tree was ablaze. I actually became alarmed, but I realized if the tree really was on fire, there would be smoke, odor, and the leaves would turn black. That didn’t happen.

It got me thinking about the passage in the Bible where God spoke to Moses from the burning bush.

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire, it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight–why the bush does not burn up.”

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.” ~Exodus 3:1-4 (NIV)

I did not hear from God last night, but the “burning” palm tree sure got my attention. I wonder if the burning bush was also a trick of sunlight.

Later that night, when I checked my email, I saw the announcement of the roundup of entries in the Tuesday Photo Challenge with the prompt Radiance, except that I got confused and thought that Radiance was this week’s theme. So I thought I’d try to capture the tree on fire tonight . . .

. . . but, unfortunately, the conditions weren’t quite the same. I think the critical factor, in addition to the light, is the intensity of the breeze. Tonight’s breeze was softer.

This is the tree that looked like it was on fire last night. Yeah, today, not so much.


And these two trees are in my yard. You can sort of see the “flames” here and there if you let your imagination go. Right? Sort of?


With a little bit of motion you can kind of see the light on the tips of the branches looking like fire . . .

And here’s a little bit more radiance:



Now technically, all of these photos were taken outdoors, which makes them eligible for this week’s challenge. And here’s one more, which I like because of the bird:


Which Way Photo Challenge: Hiking Trail


My offering for the Which Way Photo Challenge:


Which Way badge

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.


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