Art Digest #4: Ocean Themed Art & 3 featured artists (Days 65 to 71 of 365 Days of Art)

Hello Everyone.  I will be out of town this week and so I am posting a digest, which covers Week 10 of the 365 Days of Art.

I decided to recycle the words from my very first week with this art project – do you remember those early December posts?  Well I really enjoyed pairing some art with these words and so here is round two. I also have an art sheet to share and three featured artists. The next art post will be on Valentine’s Day.

RELAX Tuesday February 7th, 2017 – Day 65

Quote: “Don’t think about work in your bedroom or relaxation area.” Matt Mullenweg

MOVE Wednesday February 8th, 2017 – Day 66




BREATHE Thursday February 9th, 2017 – Day 67


The above art print that I paired with breathe is a litho. It was sold with a second painting that was similar, but I only wanted the one. If you were wondering what “litho” means – here is one explanation: “What Is a Lithograph? – A Clear Definition: Most people could not afford to own an original piece of artwork by Picasso or Van Gogh, but having a copy of their masterworks wouldn’t be such a bad idea. This is where the idea of a lithograph comes into play. A lithograph is an authorized copy of an original work created by the artist himself or other skilled craftsmen. A lithograph is rarely worth more than the original artwork it reproduces, but if the print quality is excellent and the production numbers are low, it may still have significant value in the art world. The printing process which creates a lithograph is different from other traditional methods. Most printing presses require the printmaker to etch an image or text into metal plates or physically carve out the image on blocks of wood or other soft material. To create a lithograph, however, no etching is required. The artist uses a set of greasy crayons or pencils to draw a mirrored image of the original artwork onto a smooth stone tablet. This is by far the most time-consuming part of the lithograph process. After the image has been recreated to the satisfaction of the original artist or other authority, it is ready to be turned into a lithograph. The lithographic process hinges on the principle that oil and water cannot mix. An oil-based variety of ink is applied directly to the plate and immediately bonds with the equally greasy crayon lines. Water is then wiped onto the remaining unpainted areas to discourage the ink from smearing. A sheet of paper, preferably one with a high cotton content, is then placed over the entire plate. The inked stone or metal plate and the paper are placed in a press and light pressure is used to transfer some of the ink. If the original image were a monochrome pen and ink drawing, this would be the only press run necessary. A color lithograph of an elaborate Van Gogh painting, however, might require several different runs with up to four different color inks — black, red, yellow and blue. The same paper would be placed precisely over the re-inked plates, eventually creating a satisfactory lithograph copy. This same process is used to create color pages in newspapers. Since the process for creating a lithograph can be just as time-consuming and detailed as an original painting, printing runs are often kept low to preserve value. A signed lithograph may have a set of numbers expressed as a fraction on one corner, such as 12/300. This means that the lithograph was the twelfth one produced in a series limited to three hundred prints. Some famous artists, notably Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, were more than willing to authorize or create numerous lithographs during their lifetimes. Others are not always eager to see their work reproduced on a commercial scale, making it more difficult to find authorized lithographs from them.” (more here)


UNPLUG Friday February 10th, 2017 – Day 68

Last week, I spent an entire day without my phone. It was freeing. I know with busy life schedules we cannot always do this, but I do want to encourage you to turn off your phone (and computer) for a few hours to see how you do. You might already do this – but if not, do you think you could spend one of your days off ‘unplugged’ from electronic devices? hmmmmm – maybe you should try it….


 CHILL Saturday February 11th, 2017 – Day 69

“Chill” can be taken different ways here: “I was feeling so chill when I saw the peach sky from the cliff’s edge.” Or: “The splashes of water gave us a chill as we descended the stairs.”

 REST Sunday February 12th, 2017 – Day 70

QUOTE: “In Heaven, to look into God’s eyes will be to see what we’ve always longed to see: The person who made us for His own good pleasure. Seeing God will be like seeing everything else for the first time.” Randy Alcorn  (This quote and art photo is dedicated to my nephew, RIP my sweet, wonderful friend.)

SMILE Monday February 13th, 2017 – Day 71



Here are some art sheets to work with this week. If you have a small little watercolor set, maybe you can find time to make a few pictures similar to practice ones below.


space-divison balance


#1,  Jesh St.G (here) hosts a blog challenge called seasons (here) and she also shares her art.  Recently, she shared one of her unfinished pieces.  I really like the right side ripple – doesn’t it have a nice vibe?


#2  Ricky Syers (here) is a talented puppeteer.  I think the collage shows the vibrancy of his work.  (Thanks to Van-by-the-river (here) for introducing this artist to me).


#3: Inese Poga at Art Plus Life (here) recently shared some photos of her student’s work (here) – and some of her own pieces for sale (here).



Hope you have a nice week. 🙂















45 thoughts on “Art Digest #4: Ocean Themed Art & 3 featured artists (Days 65 to 71 of 365 Days of Art)

      1. I do not know who took this photo- but it was enlarged and sealed on tagboard – it had two other shots of these buildings – and the guy said he thought they were from the 70s…..

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      2. yes – and yes – I agree – less hooked up in those days – but I am sure people still had to draw boundaries with things – like maybe some folks were disco dancing way too much and had to reel it in – (all that finger pointing in platform shoes… ha)


  1. What a wonderful collection of artwork you showcase today! I love every one of them, for different reasons. And knowing the background to this makes the post extra special. Thank you for sharing, Yvette. Wishing you strength in this coming week. And sending more hugs 🙂

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    1. thanks – and this post was actually made last week – I am prepping my “art posts” and plan to do mostly digests for the coming year.
      thanks again and hugs back to you….


      1. well actually that is why I am planning them – I spend a morning to put together what i can – when my alarm goes off – I give myself about 15 more minutes – if needed – and then work with what I have…. but I think we both know that “blogging” can consume too much time and so we need guard rails in place – and breaks….

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  2. Good morning, Yvette. I was amazed at how the artist painted the unplug (the light!), and then I read your comment and realized it is a photo 😉 Love it no matter what. 😉
    I like many things in this post. (Thanks!) It’s particularly interesting to see the two images when you introduced Jesh. A true artist shall have a different pair of eyes. Something to learn…
    Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Hi Helen – thanks for your nice comment – and I should have added in that it was a photo….
      I might go back and do that – and I actually have some photography art planned for March….. keep ya posted -wink.

      also, thanks for noting the different pairs of eyes. Many years ago, I used to do painting challenges with Marion Boddy-Evans HERE (who just recently went back to “ painting site” – but she used to feature photos and then had viewers paint their version – and her biggest point was to NOT duplicate – she insisted we add in our artsy version and make it our own.
      One of the paintings I made for one of her photo -paint challenges won honorable mention at a small local show it was hung in…..
      I will share it later this year, but I cannot find the original photo that she gave for it – I will keep looking.
      hope you have a nice week too….

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      1. Hello, Yvette. I don’t think you need to add “it’s a photo” for Unplug. I laughed when I found out it was a photo, but I enjoyed the time I spent on that “painting”, trying to figure out how did he or she did it. HA.
        What you said about Marion’s class is quite interesting. It takes time and practice, I am sure. 😉
        Have you seen… Shari Blaukop’s site? (

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      2. 🙂 I agree on how we are different – and side note – we are all all different with our blogging as well – like I noted that she has posted everyday since 2011. Reminds me of Mark Bialczak and how he posts every day. Whew – I tried and it just is not for me.

        anyhow, her art is wonderful and I liked her recent one called Trash – and she keeps it short and informative. Seems good at what she does – and well, thanks again because I am grateful to share her blog in my 365 Days of Art Project. VERY GOOD resource – xxooo


  3. The “rest” and “smile” draw me in! Rex Brandt’s name sounds so familiar – I think some of the artists association down South. Calif. were influenced by him. Thanks for the feature, Yvette – much appreciated:):)

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    1. my pleasure and thanks for letting me share it. and I would not be surprised if Rex was from Cali – so many great artists come from that large state…. 🙂
      wishing you a nice week, Jesh


    1. oh miss G – I never thought about it until you said it – but I disconnected my love for their beauty from how much I hate jellyfish in the water.
      I run out of the water when folks start getting stung.
      I have had to carry a very heavy four-year-old son a far distance because he had a few jelly fish stings – horrible – and meat tenderizer did work – one of the lifeguards had some – and some ointment – it was a nightmare – swimming – splashing – enjoying the beach – and then –

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      1. I can understand that very well! It must have been a terrible experience for both of you! Luckily so far I could avoid getting stung but I once floated over a gigantic cloud of jellyfish on Mallorca when I was little and out on the sea with my air mattress. I was horrified and couldn’t mive but had to paddle with my arms to get out of thus mess. In Spain they treat stings with urine if nothing else is available. Sounds ugly but is said to be effective.

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      2. oh I did not know that urine helps stings – but when scuba diving – one of our instructors said that urine can keep stuff out of the wetsuits…. urine is sterile afterall.
        and the air mattress experience sounds a bit rough. – whew – glad you made it.
        and thanks for bringing up the jelly fish painting

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