I was walking the beach this morning and a larger shell caught my eye. I walked over to it and you can imagine my surprise when I got close. I have heard of message in a bottle but never seen message in a shell. I made a photo and left it there for the next person to read. I always wonder where things come from, where they have been, and why I happen upon them when I do. Interesting!
I wanted to share some art from our Wears Valley trip. As usual Deliah was making art every day. She will work for hours on a project. A true artist at age 6! She bought a blank puzzle and used neocolor water soluble crayons. The puzzle is 16×20 inches.
The last two images are artist trading cards that Robin created. These were her first ATCs and they turned out great. I have been using the 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch cards as happy cards or inspiration cards. I keep a couple in my purse to leave in random places. I feel that whoever finds the card needed to see its message.
Congratulations to my fellow artists! Beautiful work.
Today we worked on glow in the dark rocks. Pretty cool art. Robin bought the glowin the dark paint and Ashley fished rocks from Newfound Gap. Deliah painted and they turned out great. Then we had activities and all worked on collage. Robin created her first artist trading card. Again we had a wonderfully creative day. The Smoky Mountain muse was generous once more.
It was a beautiful sightseeing afternoon. Of course Gatlinburg was a bit crowded as it is July 4th. Lunch at Boss Hogg’s BBQ satisfied our bellies and a little nap made everyone happy.
The afternoon art is one artist trading card and the first page in my new travel art journal. Enjoy!
We left Nashville June 30 headed to Wears Valley. It’s a family vacation in a beautiful home on 8 acres near Townsend Tennessee and Great Smokey Mountains. Dan and I will leave Wears Valley July 7 and drive to Myrtle Beach for a week. From there we are driving to Charleston for a few days. As any good artist will do, I packed more art supplies than clothes! It is my goal to make happy art. I plan to create at least one piece a day. Today I had my two fellow artists Deliah and Lanie. They started working on mini books. They are 6 and 7 years old. And I might add that they are both wonderful artists!
So here are today’s mini creations.
Artist Trading Card 2 1/2 x 3 1/2
Below is a mini book 2 x 2 inches. Both pieces are mixed media.
Flowers auras always glow
Toni Hooper 2018
Alcohol inks and pens on yupo paper