Monday, 30 July 2018


Hello everyone.

Some of you were kind enough to ask to see more photos of our garden.
Here is my new sitting spot next to the apple tree.
Because of the warm weather I was able to read there till almost dark.  The birds were singing quietly, a black cat sauntered by and I could hear rustlings in the bushes.
It was pretty idyllic.

Another little flower bed beside a well-used path.  The clematis "Etoile Violette" on the wall flowers profusely all summer.

Chris at "Art Journal Journey" is asking us to make art on the theme "Art for Art's sake" and as I haven't made any art this month it was the perfect theme to get me restarted.

I had a few false starts before I took my friend J's advice and looked for something in my sketchbook.
I've written about these sketchbooks before.
Each little square has to be drawn quickly, very, very quickly, without thinking.  I let the pens do it.  You can see it's not high art, it's only to generate ideas.

I chose the second in the first row, as Chris had asked us to consider doing something a bit different.
This is the original painting.  I was trying for a minimalist uncluttered look.

And here is it recoloured.

Which one do you prefer?

And finally I am going to join in, for the first time, with Elizabeth and Bleubeard's Tuesday Tea Party.  I hope that's alright, Elizabeth.  I see some of my friends go regularly every Tuesday so I'll have someone to talk to.
Mabel and Victoria (not their real names due to Teddy Privacy concerns) sometimes bring me tea in bed in the morning.  This is one of the best things ever.

Hope you all have a happy week and see you again soon.


froebelsternchen said...

Hello dear Sheila! I can imagine that you enjoyed your time in this beautiful and peaceful garden! And I am happy to see your sketchbook sketches, they are always such a special treat! Every little square speaks from life, nature, geometrical and organical forms and much LOVE. Your painting is really unique and I like both colour variations! I am just happy to see you linkting to Art Journal Joureny and I am absolutely thrilled to see you joining the T-Day fun with us! You fit so well in the gang!
The teddybear bringing you such a fantastic little breakfast tray is priceless for sure!
Much love and enjoy your beautiful garden and summer furthermore my friend!

Happy AJJ and happy T-Day dear Sheila!
Big hugs, Susi

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I hope when I redo my garden this autumn and next spring, it will look half as lovely and peaceful as yours. I also hope my flowers are as bold and bright as yours. You must spend a great deal of time tending that incredible garden and yard. It shows how beautiful it is in the detail.

Speaking of detail, I am incredibly impressed with your art for Chris's theme. It looks like you have enough inspiration in your sketchbook to keep your mind, pen, and art happy and productive for many moons. Although asking which I prefer is like asking which child a mother would prefer, I guess I like the first one a bit better because of the bolder colors, although I also like the muted colors in the second one, too. We are really thrilled, as Susi pointed out, to have you join us at Art Journal Journey.

Welcome to the T party, also Sheila. We are thrilled you decided to join us. In a little over 12 hours the link will go live. Bleubeard is happy to see the darling Mabel and Victoria have fixed you breakfast of tea and strawberries. Even a bowl of lovely flowers grace the tray. This is a fabulous first entry for T and we are so glad you have joined us this week and hope to see you every Tuesday, too.

Lenie said...

Hi Sheila, your post is wonderful! It didn't rain for such a long time that my garden looks terrible now. I like the colors of your second drawing the most. I wish to have such lovely bears too! They bring you breakfast, isn't that lovely? Love and hugs, Lenie

Annie said...

I so hated having to leave your garden, but your quickly drawn sketches are a delight! How you can do that quickly is amazing. My brain would never work that fast to get new ideas for the next block. You can give the pens all the credit, but I know different. I’ve bought a bunch of pens in my life and none have ever worked on their own. The magic from your fingers passes into your pens. I couldn’t choose between the two colored ones. I like them equally. As I like being different, I definitely am drawn to the “different” little flower. Sweet. What a lovely tea party for one. I get up too early to get that served to me in bed. The strawberries look delish! Oh my, Teddy Privacy concerns...what next. Did you get a sign release form to post their photo publicly? I’m going to have to see that. LOL. And now back to your lovely garden to sit a spell and enjoy the life surrounding. I can see an open book lying on the chair seat waiting for your return, as well as a cuppa something yummy there on the little table with some freshly picked goodies to munch on. I love all your great pathways meandering through the beauty of your garden.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Sheila! I love your little sketch book - such a great idea! I love the choice you made to make your page from but as for choosing my favourite colour way, you have made is very difficult...okay...if pressed it would have to be the purple one! Thank you so much for making this for my theme at AJJ! So pleased to see you are joining the T gang too, your breakfast looks wonderful and I can also imagine sitting in your garden enjoying a cup of coffee! Hugs, Chrisx

Let's Art Journal said...

You have such a beautiful garden and how nice to sit in the shade and read your book - perfect 😁. I'm loving your doodles, the first one with the bird caught my eye, he looks like he is whispering something to his three-eyed zig zaggy friend so the flower can't hear, I wonder what secret that could be πŸ˜‰. I like both of your paintings, the first one reminds me of hot summer days and the second ones muted colours reminds me of the storms and clouds weve been having of late πŸ˜€. Now what could be better than breakfast in bed, such a treat! It looks like your sweetpeas have flowered beautifully this year, they are such pretty shades of pink and those strawberries looks delicious too - yum πŸ˜‰. Wishing you a happy and creative new week! J 😊 x

My name is Erika. said...

First of all, thanks for showing more of your garden Sheila. I think you have the perfect spot for reading. You and your husband do have really amazing green thumbs. :) And your sketchbook is great. Talk about a good way to get inspiration later, and being different is always a good thing-if you ask me that is. Finally I am very glad you joined us for T this week. Even better that you get tea in bed. I think that makes you very spoiled but that is NOT a bad thing at all. You must be the queen in someone's life for sure. :)Hope you join all of us at the T Gang again another week. Happy new eek and it's almost August. Hugs-Erika

limmelon said...

Yes, be different ! The well tended garden is ideal for quiet contemplation, particularly where there is a cat involved. The doodles are terrific, I like the recoloured one best. Everyone needs a Mabel and Victoria bringers of Tea !! Love it, Awesome !!

Tammie Lee said...

So nice that you have a place to sit and read in the garden. It looks beautiful.
I like both versions of your art. Fun to see the sketches that it rose from.

Meggymay said...

Lovely photos of your garden Sheila, it looks so restful and a lovely spot to read your book.
I love your journal pages and the sketch page that gave you the inspiration, if I had to choose, the first one would be my favourite.
Tea in bed in the morning sounds a real treat.
Happy T day wishes, it is lovely to see you at Bleubeard and Elizabeths.
Yvonne xx

kathyinozarks said...

Tea in bed sounds divine! Love your tray.
You have a lovely garden space and I love the second coloring the best.
Happy T Day Kathy

Sharon Madson said...

Welcome to the tea party! Oh, and I like the first coloring better, because it is in blue, probably! LOL
Love your squares. I couldn't draw that well to do these squares, but I might try just for fun. Lovely garden! Beautiful morning tea! Yes, that would be the best. Enjoy!

The Happy Whisk said...

I LOOOOOOOVE seeing your outdoor (and indoor), space. LOVE IT!

Kate Yetter said...

A beautiful garden! I bet it is the perfect place to relax. I especially love that clematis. And your tea set is lovely.
Happy Tea Day,

johanna said...

i love your doodles, and i´m not sure i would come up with good ideas... too much thinking, i guess...
i love how your little flower on the left (on the colored samples) reminds me of a bird... and of course i´m always impressed with your garden. enjoy the days - we have the hottest week forecasted and i´m not eager of 35°+...
have a great week and nice to see you at the tea party:)

johanna said...

your little flower on the RIGHT, of course. left and right will always be difficult for me...

craftytrog said...

Your garden looks idyllic Sheila, and I love your abstract painting, both versions!
Happy T-Day!
Alison xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Thanks for your lovely reply! Those sweetpeas are so beautiful, your hubby must have green fingers πŸ˜‰. I love sweetpeas and we have Everlasting Sweetpeas in our garden which are flowering profusely too, they are such a pretty shade of pinky purple. Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊 x

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Lovely garden, Sheila, and what a lovely spot to sit and read or relax. I like your sketchbook block idea. I like both "Be Different" pieces. If I have to choose ;-), I prefer the top one. Your teddies are darling.

Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

Fodie Ann said...

Back in blogland! Had been logout by the system, and it did not like my password, so horrors - had to get a new one! Teddies anonymity gave me a chuckle, too! My favourite colour way is the second, it is more end of summery.Greetings xx

Divers and Sundry said...

What lovely garden spaces you have! I'm inspired to neaten-up my patio as a response to your photos. I think I've just gotten a bit messier than I like. Your clematis is in such a good spot.

Oh, what a sweet tea service! Tea in bed with flowers and strawberries :) How thoughtful of the teddy pair :)

Welcome to T Tuesday!

Lisca Meijer said...

Welcome to the T Party!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden. I especially love the clematis. When we lived in the Uk I had all sorts of clematis in our garden. So I would have a long flowering season. Starting with a Montana in spring, right through the summer. Of course they all have different pruning needs, but that’s no problem. Nowadays everything is on YouTube.
Those Teddies are so cute. I’m glad you didn’t fuzz out their faces as they do with children. So sweet of them to bring you tea in bed. I love the sweet peas. I hope they were fragrant.
Happy T Day,

Valerie-Jael said...

Beatiful garden photos. Hope your teddies enjoyed T Day, Valerie

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

You have a lovely garden walk. Your teddies are too cute! Visiting from T-Tuesday, my first tiem to link up too.

CJ Kennedy said...

Your garden is lovely. I had a clematis a few years ago, but a harsh winter did it in. I like the first drawing with the bolder colors. And how sweet of the teddies to bring you tea. Your tea pot is adorable. Happy T Day!

Jackie said...

I'm so glad you look after the teddy's privacy - how lovely that thy bring you tea in bed, especially with those lovely sweet peas. I'm jealous!
Sketching in small squares is such a good idea - I've only done it once, but thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't choose a favourite - it looks so good in both colour-ways. Jx

sirkkis said...

Thank you for sharing the photos of your lovely garden. The pages and religious tray 😜
Have a nice, happy August ahead πŸŒΊπŸ’

Gibby Frogett said...

Fab photos of your lovely garden Sheila - you seem to have lots of wonderful hideaway areas and intruiging pathways - would love somthing like that in our postage size garden.
What a lovely seat too, to sit and read and munch on a refreshing apple :)
Love your doodle sketches and wonderful art. Can't choose one from other as I love all the colours/tones etc.
Your tray with the pretty flowers must have been a lovely surprise - smiled at the Teddy privacy concerns but pleased they allowed you to show their photo :)
Gill xx

SusuPetal said...

So good of you to remember Teddy Privacy :D

Your garden looks like a haven of peace. Are you ever in habit to read aloud to your Teddies? I bet they'd love it!

I prefer both coloring of you drawings, it's an impossibility to compare them. All flowers deserve to be first ones!

I've returned home from my trip to the archipelago. Sea water was 25 degrees Celsius, amazing for Baltic Sea! July was the hottest in history here in Finland, although not so hot as it is right now in Spain and Portugal!

Mascha said...

What a lovely place in the garden and georgeos clematis! Here in Germany it is to dry in this summer, not rain since a few months, all beauty is gone and my old plumtree is broken, sgh!
Most I like the colors in the first, tey are "my" colors. And nice small bears.
The big bear in my blog is only a visitor, spends holidays with us, than he goes back home, only the small is permanent living here...
Thanks for your visit and kind comments (on which way you found my blog?)
Enjoy your time

Sharon Fritchman said...

Your garden is absolutely gorgeous, Sheila! Thank you for sharing photos with all of us! And of course, I love your creative work of art!!! Thirdly, your tea party is absolutely amazing!!!!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Your garden looks so lovely, and I always enjoy seeing your art.

All the best Jan

Rike said...

You have a wonderful garden!
Great idea to make little squares drawn quickly without thinking - you let the pens do it. I prefer the first one, I like these colours more.
What a lovely lovely photo of your morning tea served by two private teddys!
love, Rike

janie said...

I just love love love your garden, and the second picture the best.the tea party looks great x

kat said...

I love the simplicity of your art. Both are super, probably my favorite would be the first in this moment. Loving Mabel and her teddy friend and those delicious looking strawberries, always so sweet and full of love here. Your garden is a dream and I love that chair, I can picture you so well enjoying a peaceful evening there.