Monday, 1 July 2019


Hello everybody.

Over the past few months I've been going in all directions, often all at the same time, so Chris's "Art Journal Journey" theme this month "We're all going..." is very appropriate with

holidays -

the garden, always the garden, and especially the vegetable plot together with flowers for the bees,

and a rare collector's item - a photo of me in my gardening clothes, gardening face and hair, and my knitting, following the suggestion by my sister that I could sit in my garden occasionally (eh? what? sit???). 

I've been experimenting with some new watercolours in the paintbox and made some larger pieces which turned into rather nice cropped pieces too (for card and wrapping paper designs).

"Small Tower"

"Small tower" cropped and photo-edited

And a photo-edited version of the whole piece -

Going round the bend in all directions

I've missed blogging and visiting and I hope to see you soon.


froebelsternchen said...

Oh Sheila, what a wonderful garden and I am happy to see you enjoying knitting on the chair in the garden! A beautiful woman and artist! And this walks at the beach must be inspiration and pleasure for sure! Awesome area!!!
Have a great start of July!
I am in love with the small tower and how the magical flowers hide it in a perfect way! I love the vibrancy of the watercolours and all those loose and organic shapes - wow! And even photo-editing and playing with the oroginal in a free and artsy way ....superb!!!!
All together so beautiful! Thank you very much for supporting our challenge over at Art Journal Journey ! Much appreciated!

Susi xxx
Greetings from Austria to Scottland

sirkkis said...

What a peace and beauty is going on your gorgeous garden, Sheila. Thank you for sharing the fine photos.
I love each of your wonderful photo editing. Fabulous art.
Have a lovely day xx

The Winnie Chronicles said...

Your garden is very beautiful Sheila. Nice photo of you knitting - even thought I didn't see you today I've seen you today! Linda

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It looks like you are definitely going to enjoy Chris's theme at Art Journal Journey this month. Your going in all directions means there will be lots for you to explore. Your holiday photo was wonderful, and I am SO envious of your incredible garden, which includes a great place to sit and knit.

Of course, your watercolor paintings are fabulous. I loved how you photo-edited the tower you created. I also loved how you named the final piece. It fits Chris's theme perfectly this month. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey.

Sharon Madson said...

Lovely garden and artwork! Great page for Chris's theme.

craftytrog said...

Lovely to see you and your beautiful, colourful art Sheila. The garden looks wonderful too.
Happy July,
Alison xx

Tanza Erlambang said...

beautiful views and them.

Have a wonderful summer

Sue (this n that) said...

Hello Sheila and welcome back!
Your holiday time at the beach would have been wonderful - I love that photo.
What a splendid garden, it's as pretty as a picture and, of course, to see you out there sitting amongst it all is so lovely. It's nice to see each other as we are isn't it so thank you.
I love your header and also the new watercolour pieces. The designs are sweet and, yes, would make ideal gift wrap - or framed - your art is all encompassing and lovable. "Going Round the Bend in all Directions" makes me think of a tropical jungle.
Cheers and here's to happy blogging amongst us all xx

Annie said...

Your new post is a great way to start off the second half of this year. I love the dark, bright and glowing art of your new header.
The photo on the beach is an amazing scene and you’ve captured it so well. I always want to walk right into your photos.
I love that I can take another stroll through your beautiful garden! I love all the green with pops and bits of with the flowers.
If I take up knitting again, can I come sit in your garden and knit with you?! It would be worth it. But I’d be hard pressed to concentrate of knitting being in the midst of all that beauty. What color would my chair be? You look wonderful there with your knitting.
I’ve missed your art. I love the colorful original. Great cards and wrapping with that piece.
Going round the bend in all directions is a really fun and fascinating edited piece. If i knew how to photo edit, i feel I’d get lost in the process for hours. The must be an infinite amount of processing possibilities.

Linda Kunsman said...

oh what a lovely photo of you- so relaxed in that beautiful setting. And of course, I love the beach photo too! Love seeing your colorful, playful art and patterns.

Azka Kamil said...

awesome article.
thank for sharing & have a nice day

ULKAU said...

How nice to meet you here on this photo, once in person! You have a nice place to knit in the garden between your vegetables and the flowers!
I also like the view from the sea - I wish I could be there!
Your new watercolours shine wonderfully, and I see in this picture that you had fun trying them!
Best regards - Ulrike

My name is Erika. said...

Oh that garden is amazing. We have been away for a little over a week and I am worried how weedy mine will be when I get home this evening. I am sure it will make me cringe and get out there first thing tomorrow to clean it up a bit. And I really
Love your photo. Looks perfect to me. Comfy gardening clothes and knitting. 😀. Glad all has been well and your art is always so inspiring. Happy July. Hugs Erika

Evergreenmo said...

Well well sitting knitting but it does look as if work has been done in the garden These clean cut edges. Super photo you look as if you have had a relaxing hol. Still time for super art work

alexa said...

The title of your finished piece made me chuckle! Those colours and shapes are full of energy and really 'pop' off the page ... Nice to see you in person. I gather from your comments that you tend to be and a-doing, rather than immobile - and your lovely lush garden shows it. Hoping you enjoy both relaxing and creating :).

Love Affair with Food said...

You have a beautiful set up in your garden. Awesome.

pearshapedcrafting said...

I certainly know that feeling! Thank you so much for this fabulous entry Sheila - such colourful art is always a joy to see! Great idea to knit in such lovely surroundings! Chrisx

Let's Art Journal said...

Welcome back, I hope you enjoyed your holidays! The beach looked wonderful and the weather has been lovely of late too 😁. Your garden looks amazing, so full and lush with plants, it's nice to sit and look at the view ... well if you are like me after I've finished all the work as I can't sit and look when things need to be done 😉. Lovely photo of you too! I'm loving your colourful artworks, the watercolour paints look beautiful and I like the way that you change the colour palette in your photo editing programme, it makes you look at the details differently. I think the flower is guarding the tower, maybe Rapunzel is inside 😉. Wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! Hugs, Jo x

Tereza said...

Thank you for sharing your art and your garden!


limmelon said...

The tower round the bend is a super creation. Fits the subject perfectly. Would be great for napkins. Love the new banner. Hoĺidays, gardening, knitting, keep busy. Love it, Awesome!!

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Beautiful gardens! ::sigh::
And lovely artwork too!

Lowcarb team member said...

So lovely to see this post, and I enjoyed all of your wonderful photographs … such a wonderful garden and so nice to see you enjoying your knitting out in the garden.

Lovely artwork, I always like the colours you've used.

Happy July Wishes.

All the best Jan

Gibby Frogett said...

Hello Sheila - where to begin - firstly, sorry.. I owe you mail which I will try and send later today as I'd like to also know if you would like any Nisperos/Loquat seeds?
Hope all ok at your end of the world... looks like it is :)
I really love your beach photo which looks like your usual hol destination - and if so I can certainly see why. Even those clouds look fabulous!
Wow and look at your beautiful garden... hello you ...sitting in your seat.. lovely to see you :)
Lovely art using your new paints - love the editing on 'round the bend' which looks very folk artsy style - looks like you are having lots of fun.
Hope you're having a great weekend and I look forward to catching up more with you soon. Love Gill xxx

johanna said...

i almost thought you had given up blogging and only occasionally stumbled upon this post via ajj...
your garden is a part of eden... incredibly fruitful - and you really should enjoy it just sitting there more often (good advice of your sister;))... love the photo of you, knitting there...
and i love the "small tower". i can see you always have fun photoediting, but here the bright colors of the original piece are my favorite!
best wishes for the rest of summer! we had a breakdown of temperatures over the last week, which really was a relief... and i hope it doesn´t become so hot again. have a good time, oxox, johanna

Tanza Erlambang said...

I just stop by to check your new post

Jackie said...

Welcome back, Sheila! Your garden looks amazing - I am a novice at gardening and am completely in awe. I'm glad you had a chance to sit down and enjoy it.
Your 'small tower' watercolour is so colourful and vbrant - I really like it. The photo-edited versions look great too. Jx

Sharon Fritchman said...

Sheila, I absolutely love the photos of your garden, but especially like the one of YOU sitting and knitting there! It's fabulous. And of course, I love your works of art, too! They are so creative and beautiful!

Rike said...

A magical photo of walking on the beach!
Great vegetable - I like the mixture of vegetables and flowers!
What a surprise: Beautiful Sheila SITTING in her garden (knitting is no surprise). I guess you only made this position for the photo - and then again ran quickly working into the vegetable :))
Small tower - I saw it on a second look, this lilac tower even with windows! It's so interesting that your photo editing made a green tower of it!
The last one is really spectacular, and I like the title too!
love, Rike

janie said...

Hello Sheila
I love your use of colour, you certainly have an eye for colours, and the garden, wowsers it is incredible especially all the veggies and flowers for the bees 🐝 but best of alllove the photo of you sitting enjoying your garden, it is a lovely photo x

kat said...

Oh so great to see you here and enjoying some knitting time in your garden! Your sister is right , take time out and enjoy it! October days are coming up but they can still be mellow maybe not sitting in the garden weather anymore in Scotland but if the weather allows make the most and enjoy!
I love that turning tower piece, so intriguing, it captures my eyes and has them dancing, a favorite!
That first sea picture is gorgeous too, just sky and so much space, the light is beautiful, you captured that special moment so well!

The Happy Whisk said...

Very nice to see a picture of you. Love your garden.