by Ursula

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Just listed in my ETSY shop!

Visit my ETSY shop and find this lesson and a couple of others.  The link is posted onto the right of this page, just click it on and browse to see which lesson or class suits your needs.  It's fun to paint in your jammies and not have to go anywhere to learn.  I enjoy taking on line classes in the privacy of my own home and hope you do too.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Celebrate the dreams, the searches, and the treasures of your life.

                 A quote from a wonderful little book titled: 

                Live What you Love, notes from an unusual life by Bob and Melinda Blanchard 
                                       who live in Anguilla, BVI and own a local restaurant.

We just returned from a memorial trip to the British Virgin Islands, where my sister and her husband live.  In Tortola.  We stayed across the way on a small island that they own, Marina Cay.  Our son, brother and sister-n-law were along with us.  Each day was a treasure.  Whether it be sunning on the beach, watching the sail boats come in, listening to the waves lap upon the shore, snorkeling, swimming, breakfast in the open restaurant, or just filling our lungs with the fresh sea air.

                               Spring Regatta view from the back of our little 9 acre island.

One of my favorite memories is swimming with the dolphins.  Something I always wanted to do, but never really thought I would.  Here are a couple great shots of me and my Dolphin friend, Polo.  He is twenty eight and the oldest dolphin in the park.  Each one of them were born in captivity, they were not taken out of the wild.
I love this quote from the book and seems to be very fitting here.  "Have the courage to let your life           and stories and experiences be both odd and wonderful."

Love this shot of our walk down the path to the beach.  If you look closely, you can see the little family sitting under the tiki hut.  Our favorite place to hang out each day.

                                       "May you be blessed with an unusual life"  

Thanks for joining me on my little journey. 

Until next time, 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Just what the doctor ordered!

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Pensacola Beach Florida.  Nature all around us and soaking up lots of vitamin D.   Love the wind in my hair and sand in my toes.

This was our fourth year and the weather was at it's best.  I even got into the gulf water for the first time.

We were there for the Mardi Gras parade as well.  Much different than the stories you hear about New Orleans.  Family oriented and tons of fun.

              Our condo had such beautiful views all around of both, the Bay and the Gulf.

While there, Somerset Apprentice was released.  It was so fun going into Pensacola's Barnes and Noble and purchasing a copy and seeing how beautifully my article was featured within it's pages.

                                               So thrilled and grateful for this opportunity.

                   There are more new things on the horizon and cannot wait to share them with you.   
                                    Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share with you.
                                      The year has just begun and I am feeling very "Blessed".

Until next time,
Sending lots of love
Ursula xo

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Practice Makes Perfect

                 Spending time to learn something new, or perfect something you already know .
                                                  Never too old to learn something new.
                                    A new way of doing something that you never thought of.
                                                 Finding the time to just play and explore.

I have spent the last month and a half doing just that.  Playing with new ideas, pulling out supplies that were tucked away, visiting the local art shop and taking a few on line classes.  The above photo is a result of a new tube of Daniel Smith,  Cobalt Teal Blue and intense pencils.  It has been quite a while since I used the pencils and I found them to be so fun to work with.  I then added watercolors to the design as well.  I used a piece of canvas and applied Americana Canvas Gel Medium to the surface before I began to draw.  Something else that has been tucked away in the corner of my studio.

Another inktense just completed. Think I am addicted.

Playing with values and faces.  Refining and looking at them differently.  New ideas on how to begin and listening to what others have to say.  Charcoal, gesso and stabilo pencil were used on this one.

New ideas, new ways of doing things.  Sometimes they didn't work.  So, I would try again.  Other times, they looked as though it wasn't working, but then kept at it.  Some went into the trash, I won't lie.  But even at that, it was a learning experience.
What better way to spend the winter months.
Learn, explore, pull out those long lost supplies and grow!

Have fun trying!

Until next time,
Ursula xo

Friday, February 3, 2017

In The Stillness

The idea of this painting was inspired by a theme of inner peace and spirituality.  Working intuitively and not always sure where she would lead me.  It wasn't until the very end that I added the bird.  Gentle falling leaves, hints of flowers and a hidden message were all placed into the background.  I am learning to work more intuitively, listening to the whispers.

In the stillness we can almost hear the whispers.
The calling of creation.
The flutter of their wings.
The falling of the leaves.
In the stillness,
God speaks to the silence of the heart.