"Art enables us to find ourselves~and lose ourselves at the same time."
Thomas Merton

Unfortunately, I brought very few art supplies with me on our trip this year.  This piece was painted with some broken watercolor crayons and pentel marking pencils.  I have only one tiny tipped watercolor brush with me and I'm using a basting brush when I want to cover a lot of paper. is not the one I use when baking a chicken.    LOL ....LOL   This was done on Canton ll0lb. cold pressed paper....I usually use l30lb. arches.

This rose wasn't even  done on watercolor paper it was done on sketch paper....using the water color supplies mentioned above.

Sometimes the urge to paint just becomes overwhelming and I go with the flow.
This is truly a case of "necessity is the mother of invention" with my art supplies.
Had a fun afternoon.....though!!




  1. That rose is beautiful! I think painting with watercolors takes a lot of courage! Yay for you!

  2. My future DIL is an artist and has that same creative streak that you have. It's amazing to watch her in action but it doesn't happen often because she doesn't like people watching her.

  3. Jo,
    Your picture with the woman with the bird is breath taking! I love it! I just witnessed the most gorgeous and colorful rainbow I think that I have ever seen. Your painting reminds me of that rainbow. You are so talented.


  4. It's amazing what beauty you can create with minimal supplies...


  5. Wish I had time to get back to painting again..... one day. These watercolors are lovely. Diane

  6. Wow are amazing..I LOVE this piece!! I love the vibrant colors..and the feeling of radiant energy and harmony shining through your work...stunning!! I get so excited when you show your art...fabulous!! Love the quote you shared too..I totally agree! powerfully said!!
    BEAUTIFUL my friend...your talents and gifts are never-ending!
    HUgs and sparkles

  7. Those are GORGEOUS, Jo. Love 'em! Limited supplies? No problem! I'm itching to get back to a few attempts of my own... but, no time in the near future. Kudos to you. blessings ~ tanna

  8. Hi Jo,

    Love the watercolors you have painted! The colors are so lively!

  9. Sometimes limited supplies can make for amazing art. You are very talented. Love these watercolors.

  10. Hey sweet lady ~ Sometimes we can make an amazing creation as you have done here with less. Oh! Good one, less is more. :) Yep! The sun out in my gardens has gotten to me. The rose you painted is quite stunning actually. You are very talented, now let's talk about that basting brush!
    Lots of hugs, Rosemary...xx

  11. It's amazing what you can do with broken and minimal art supplies!

  12. Well If you would not have said anything I would have not know they were "make do" art!!! they are simply Lovely!!!!

  13. You are so good! Love the colors! Awesome. I've dabbled a bit but nothing like this.!!!

  14. Hi Jo, the rose is my favorite, I love it!... thanks for checking on me... I am slowly getting better, just so very tired... xoxo Julie Marie

  15. You always create such beauty and are a true artist. I love both of these lovely pieces. Hugs to you!

  16. You are so be able to use other types of brushes when regular paint brushes are not available and to "make do" with the supplies you have on hand..and still create beautiful art. Not just a talent, a gift!


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