Back from Vacation & World Watercolor Month!

Hi friends! I spent the last week in a cabin on the lake and it was wonderful. I had a leisurely time of relaxing, painting and spending time with my family. Here is the first sketch I did over coffee on the deck:)

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As usual I brought some art supplies for me and the kids. Most of it got used too! See what I brought in today’s video!

I really LOVE the palette I brought, it is a Portable Painter and it has 2 small water containers that attach to each end of the palette which can sit on the ground or table or over your leg (see photo below) making it great for plein air painting, urban sketching or even painting in a kayak! I will be reviewing the Portable Painter palette soon (spoiler alert: I LOVE it!) and they have me a discount code to share for 10% off: FRUGAL

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Here are the other supplies I brought:

Well, we did not run out of things to do! The kids got the most use out of the coloring books, they loved have the choice between pencils, pens and markers. I had no takers on the embroidery kits so I tried one and after a frustrating tangle on the first word of the design I went rogue and make some whimsical flowers and used the rest of the thread to make a friendship bracelet. Man, I forgot how much I loved making friendship bracelets, I spent summers making them as a kid! My kids did not see the appeal LOL.

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The following photos are some plein air sketches I did on the trip. I figured since July is world watercolor month it is appropriate to share!

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Here is the list of prompts for world watercolor month created by my friend Angela Fehr. Angela is also offering a free monthly watercolor challenge, and she has a fabulous prize giveaway worth over $500 of watercolor supplies!  You can sign up here.

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You can find out more about World Watercolor Month on the Doodlewash website and join in on the challenge on their facebook page or by tagging #worldwatercolormonth on your favorite social media:) If you need a jumpstart on your watercolor journey consider checking out my Essential Tools and Technique for Watercolor painting course, it will get you started off on the right foot with 5+ hours of in-depth watercolor instruction for beginners to build your skills and confidence in the medium. I want to share one more painting from my vacation, it is a quick sketch of my daughter Lila I painted when she was coloring. Just a reminder you can sketch anything and everything and it will make you a better artist! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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15 Responses

  1. I love it all!
    I can’t believe that rose leaf isn’t real! I’m COUNTING on you showing us how you did those paintings!
    Did you draw the portrait on watercolor paper or in a sketchbook? It’s amazing, you should paint portraits of all your children and frame them (as long as they let you do it!)

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  2. Beautiful paintings, Lindsay. That palette looks very cool.

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  3. Wow, thank you for sharing, I feel like you brought your vacation back to us to share!

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  4. How fun you and family had a vacation. The sketch of your daughter is very sweet! I’m always amazed at how much I love your field and vacation sketches and watercolors. It must be the joy of your being on vacation/in nature that that makes them so appealing to me. Thank you for sharing them, have a wonderful summer! Anne 💖💖💖

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  5. Just love all your projects but especially your friendship bracelet, you sound so excited by it. I have never made a friendship bracelet and wondered if you had a video showing how? I think I would like to make one for myself.

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  6. I love all the paintings you did while on vacation. The One of your daughter is amazing. I hope you all had a good time!

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  7. Beautiful paintings, glad you were able to get away with your family, and thanks for leaving us with lots of projects to do while you were gone.

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  8. Glad your vacation was fun and relaxing – filled with art challenges and enjoyment!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  9. Thanks for your inspirations from your vacation. Amazing how just a few days away can rejuvenate one’s life. Love the palette and your Daughter is a beauty, must take after her Mom!

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  10. Hi Lindsay. Love all your holiday paintings – sounds the perfect and well-earned break for you and your family. I’ve just ordered a Portable Palette – I couldn’t resist it! When you do your review it would be helpful to know which colours you put in it as I find it difficult to choose. Do you always include warm AND cool primaries – and would you pick different colours for plein air? Thanks for all your great videos and blogs – I really enjoy them and have learned a lot from you.
    Sue, UK

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  11. great picture of Lila

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  12. Happy 4th of July! If you were closer you could pop in for some Lemonade and yummy food we will have a beautiful day here on the coast of NH and Maine.

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  13. Beautiful vacation paintings. You are so good at what you do!

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  14. I don’t often comment on your videos but look forward to them. I appreciate your take on what to take for kids and yourself. Getting away from it all, sounds refreshing!

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