:: Finally Fall

Hello Friends, How is everyone enjoying the changing of the seasons?

 Here in N.C. fall has finally arrived with it's cool temps & amazing blue skies.  

I am dying to get to the mountains for the big show, I hear it's getting there but not quite yet so maybe I'll still make it that way in time for the leaf change. Until then I settle for visiting Morrow Mountain State Park just across the lake from us, it's my little slice of mountain life without the two hour plus drive.

My mother & I enjoyed a nice hike and a snack overlooking this view a few weeks ago.  Then just the other night I spent an evening enjoying a beautiful sunset with my best friend.

Guys seriously....these views!!! 

There's nothing better than the top of a mountain & a beautiful sunset.

So happy to spend quality time with my sweet mama & my beautiful best friend.

If you ever get the chance, check out Morrow Mountain,
 it's a great place to spend quality time with your favorite people.

peace, love & hugs
Carrie Ann

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Hello...Hello... is anybody out there?

Nod if you can hear me!

No better yet, comment and let me know :).

I have been missing in action for quite some time now from this little space. I'm now officially an empty nester...all of my babies have flown away. That's our youngest front and center, she just graduated & is off to college, our son is second year, and our oldest is living & working in Chicago. I feel so blessed to have such amazing children/adults...when did all this growing up happen? It goes by in the blink of an eye that's for sure. Now this mama is left trying to figure out what to do with herself now that her baby chicks are gone...so....here I am.

So much has happened since the last time I signed on here. I can't wait to start sharing again. So stay tuned.

peace, love & hugs
Carrie Ann

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:: watercolor flowers

I've been painting with watercolors on and off now for many years. Like most artists I go through certain creative periods, right now i'm entering into a watercolor period. Lately i've had a few ideas for paintings floating around in my head so i've started sketching them out for watercolors. I'm no watercolor expert, and it's been 5 years since I've actually drawn and painted something. So like most people I turned to YouTube for some watercolor inspiration. I started with this YouTube video. This was a super helpful place to start, it helped me feel a bit more comfortable with my brushes & paints. Then I moved on to this video, which as you will see is very similar to my painting above.  I'm kinda laughing now at the music playing in the background, but I really like all of these videos...even though I prefer classical music when I'm painting. It's still soothing overall to have the video going in the background while you get lost in creating. So, as you can see my painting is inspired by that video & some of it's techniques. However, nothing we ever do as an artist is going to come out exactly like someone else's work...we all develop our own style as we go. This was my first attempt, and I have to say I was pretty pleased with how it turned out & I enjoyed myself immensely.

I hope that possibly i've inspired you to give watercolors a try sometime, if you aren't already an accomplished watercolorist that is. Watercolors really are the most forgiving medium & I find it so relaxing.  Maybe some day with more practice I can give some actual video tutorials of my own. For now though, I can share with you the paints, paper, palette & brushes that I am currently using. I have had my Windsor & Newton compact set for many years now. I first purchased it to use for my illustrated travel journal...I absolutely love it, it's so tiny & so easy to travel with. I recently added to my watercolors by purchasing the Kuretake Gansai Tambi set and though it's not something I will ever travel with due to it's size, it's just lovely & has so many beautiful colors. I used a combination of the two sets for the painting above, and all of my recent paintings. This butcher tray palette, is also a recent acquisition and is hands down the best palette ever. I love that it's enamelware {speaks to the vintage lover in me} and it's fantastic for the amount of space it gives for mixing & keeping colors. Most of my brushes are inexpensive sets that I've purchased at Michael's or Hobby Lobby, though I recently purchased this Master's Touch 2000 round 12 brush & I think it's fantastic & I will be buying more of this series brush in the future.

So, will you be joining me in your own watercolor period? Do you already paint? If so what is your favorite subject? What are your favorite paints, paper & brushes? Feel free to share links in comments, I would love to see your work. Happy Painting!!

{peace, love & hugs}

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