Whimsical Art Queen Studio Coloring Pages 2

Feeling blessed and happy with a vacation coming next week! It will be relaxing and fun with our family together and enjoying the white sand beaches of Destin, Florida. My plan is to sit on the beach and dream of getting my Whimsical Art Queen Studio Coloring Book plan of action complete.

flocks of flamingo
flocks of flamingos encourage relaxation for me….

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Plant a Garden of Flowers

Plant a Garden of Flowers start with the mind-set, “I want to watch flowers grow each spring and always know they will be returning to their beautiful glory.”

In my world of Plant a Garden of Flowers, I like to grow perennials so that each spring I can know that something spectacular is about to happen.

Queen's garden

Queen’s Garden

Working year round in a garden can be over-whelming to the beginner. But it all starts out with a simple plan of action.

  • Research the interent for plant ideas and information. Check out Gardens and Crafts

  • Prepare a landscape design for your garden

  • Ask friends for cuttings of their plants.

  • Shop garden centers for discounts, Lowe’s and Home Depot .

  • Check our native plants to your zone.

  • Look around at neighborhoods in your area and take photos of the plants you like.

  • Go to your local botanical garden and wander around and see what’s blooming.

When we moved into our current home, I brought with me hosta in grocery bags that laid in my yard for a few weeks before I could get around to planting them.

I also talked to my friend, Michelle, and her and I applied to the County Extension for a Master Gardening class. I was thrilled when our names were selected! Having a friend that loves gardening is one of life’s treasures. Michelle shared more than gardening we shared love of friendship. Life is better with a Garden Buddy.

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Life gives us choices and just like a garden, I want to be assured of tomorrow’s beauty and friendships. Some things are taken for granted, sunshine, soft breezes, birds chirping, and the sweet smell of flowers. They remind me God’s beauty is all around. What if you wake up one morning and suddenly your eye sight has diminished and left you blind. What if your hearing is slowly changing to silence? Think how life would change if you couldn’t enjoy the beautiful flowers along life’s pathways. God has given us some many things to be thankful for. I want to inspire each of you to Plant a Garden of Flowers and you too will be assured of God’s beauty season after season.

God Bless the gardeners!

Doris

 

 

Inspiration

INSPIRATION

  To be ” inspired ” is to live ” this ” day to its fullest.

 “The greatest gift we can give is to discover who we are and share it with the world” We each are given the gift of free will and choice’s. It is our responsibility to choose wisely how we share this gift toward the world and to realize that ultimately every action and choice we make touch’s something outside of ourselves and in the end it all comes back to us.

I choose the path of love, compassion and understanding which is the path of the “warrior” and brings me closer to my Creator. It creates in my world a place of inner peace.


Where do we find inspiration? For many artist, writers, musicians, we find it within ourselves. We don’t have to dig deep as it’s always on the underlying surface of our beings. I want to share it with the world, it’s there if you will give it a try. My goal is to give you tools to bring that inspiration full circle.

My tools are simple and short designed to work and help you achieve inspiration;

  • Let your mind clear of all outside turmoil. Yes, you CAN do it!
  • Have a cup of joe and close your eyes to the outside world. It’s just you and your thoughts.
  • What gives you joy and peace? That’s called inspiration.
  • Start each day each day with a mission. It doesn’t have to be one that keeps you from your job or family, it’s one that says, “I’m going to live in the moment and not worry about tomorrow.”
  • Set your goal for the day. It may be completing a project you started months ago or one that you want to start. The key to this thinking is COMPLETION. If you procrastinate then you get what I’m saying.
  • Keep your goal in the front of your mind. Write it down. Place a written note on your refrigerator. Place notes around the house with reminders. Let your family know you are on a mission.
  • Write down steps to complete your goal. You might have to take a few days or even a few weeks to obtain it.
  • Think outside the box. There is more than one way to view any project.

I’m inspired to paint a colorful arrangement of canvas for my living room wall. I found just what I was looking for on Lightinthebox . The set of canvas are colorful with a whimsical touch. I started researching the items needed to complete the project and thought I would share it with you. I will update my progress as I go along. It will be mind-boggling at first but I’ve set my goal. I feel assured I can achieve it!

Whimsical Wall Art

                          Whimsical Wall Art


PARTING THOUGHTS

I hope in some small way I have given you some tools to help you on your search for inspiration.

Each person has a gift given to you by the almighty God.

Sometimes you have to live a little life before it comes to you full circle.

Inspiration is contagious, give it to others and see what comes back to you!

I salute you on your mission to find inspiration.

Doris aka Queen Rose

Self Publishing Part 2

Self Publishing!
Part 2

Six avenues of research in your quest to become a self-published author.

  1. Select your self publishing company. Communicate daily with your advisor.
  2. Enlist the people in your circle of friends to give you feed-back. They will be honest and give you loads of good advice.
  3. Select a person to proof read your chapters. ( You can hire a professional. I chose several of my friends to help.)
  4. Research your title to see if it ranks high with Google. Be creative! It needs to be something catchy.
  5. Your book cover design is most important. Select an image to inspire your audience and make them want to open the book and read.
  6. Keep colored photos to a minimal. Color photos can drive up the cost of production. Black and white are cheaper.

Hints to consider

  • How much are you willing to spend? You can purchase a medium priced package for under $1,000. It will include loads of features and business support to answer all your thousands of questions.
  • I suggest a book calendar to keep you on track. Don’t try to do too many things at once. Build your calendar around topics to be completed. Work with one thing at a time. Start with the most important and work down.

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 BELIEVE

You CAN become a self publish author.

Doris

Touch of Whimsy – Life is real good!

It’s bold colors and a touch of whimsy that I like to paint, draw, scribble or anything that has a pencil, pen, or paint brush as a media of expressing my creativity! I have tried various art forms and like acrylic painting the best. I hope I can jump-start your creativity to a higher level. Keep checking back for ideas and weekly updates. I like to create products, whether paintings or crafts almost every day. I go out into my Queen’s Studio and feel inspired to use my hands in loads of different projects.

How many of my audience have animals that are dear to your family? I’m sure at one time or another we all can relate to a precious puppy or kitty from our past even.  I have a darling kitty, Bootzi. I might try to paint her one day. I think a painting of her would be fun.


For our project, Life is real good!”,  I want to give you some insight about the subject. My niece, Lisa, has 2 dogs that have been apart of her family for the past 10 years or longer. She carries Riley, the Bison, to bed at night and he sleeps at the foot of the bed with her and her husband. Along with Riley, there is another dog, Blank, he is a Heinz 57 variety. Both dogs are well-mannered and fit in with their family lifestyle. They are both getting pretty old and don’t seem to like change.

Knowing how much my niece and husband loves their dogs, I wanted to give them a fun canvas art with a touch of whimsy. Her birthday was the special time to get creative.  I gathered my canvas and brushes and thought about the words I wanted to add for a fun approach. I toyed around with several different sayings before I stumbled uponLife is real good!”

  • I wet my brush and do a quick wipe on my paint rag. I select the colors prior to starting so I dipped my brush in the yellow acrylic paint. I wanted to split the painting up so I used 3/4 of the area.
  • I let the yellow dry and wet my brush a second time to dip it into the blue paint. The colors of yellow and blue are pleasing to the eye.
  • After the acrylic paint dry, I free-handed a tree in brown for the trunk and green topper.

Now it is time to add a touch of whimsy with the drawing of Riley and Blank. I like to free-hand most of my art that way I can cover my mistakes easier. I try to control the area I paint so that I can cover up mistakes quickly (the great thing with acrylic paints, you can control your brush if you add medium ) I don’t use a stencil or graph paper on this canvas because I want it to look fun and silly. I am a master at silly, I’ve been that way all my life.

  • I use my white acrylic paint with small strokes while visually checking out the post on Facebook Lisa sent me. I try to make it realistic but with a touch of whimsy added.
  • I stop to view my project and decide to use colored beanies for the top of the dogs heads. I think it is a fun addition. Plus a quote, “Cheese please”, both dogs love cheese.
  • Painting the larger dog, Blank, I use black acrylic paints for his spots and ears. His face is more defined and harder for me to imagine. You can see the stupid look on his face.
  • I finally decide that I need to add a quote, “Life is real good”, how could it be any better for a dog’s life than to live in the house with my niece, Lisa, and her hubby, Bubba.

 

Life is good!

Life is good!

Lisa is holding the painting, and showing it to Riley and Blank. She sent this to me and I thought it was adorable. I hope you go away with a small sampling of my art work and maybe even a few laughs along the way. Come back next time  for another story about my art paintings.

Hugs, Queen Rose

Bohemian Art

I love to make bold designs and colors of all kinds. I love the look of Bohemian with paisley designs and unusual combinations. I started creating pops of color for my home and continue to make my decor bright and playful. I like the Mackenzie-Child  with a flair for Bohemian mixed to add that touch of whimsy in my paintings too.

Bohemian Hearts

Bohemian Hearts

When I have creative energy, I like the Bohemian life-style. It is colorful, intriguing, and restful. During the Bohemian movement, I was having babies and taking care of my family. I did wear bell bottoms and hip huggers. I was thin and flat belly during those days. These days I wear bright colors and still Bohemian like style. I love the clothing at Anthropology . I browse in the store many times just to get decor ideas. I make a mental note of the items that I want to recreate in my studio.


Having an eye for color, I start with a project and most of time I build upon my imagination. I always add a touch of whimsy to my designs. One of those times was in my extra bedroom where I painted my sliding closet doors. They look dated and in need of attention. I spent several days painting paisley designs and checks and sayings on those doors. It goes with my Anthropology spread and shams. I love how it turned out.

Bohemian doors

Bohemian painted doors

Bohemian Bedroom

Queen’s Bohemian bedroom

Hope you enjoy the crazy Bohemian styles and let’s share your design projects.

Do you like a touch of whimsy in your decor?

Continue to come back for my next article.  I will be checking in to see if you’ve left me some comments. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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