Image of the Month: By the Water’s Edge

Photo taken by Stephanie Hopkins

The Lonely Stark Tree

The lonely stark tree impelled its roots deep into the soil by the water’s edge

Its branches stretch towards the greenish-blue water beckoning for a taste of its sweet sparkling mineral

Longing for spring’s rebirth, the lonely stark tree’s dormancy endures the southern winter season with strong viability

Though frail looking, the lonely stark tree bends and sways with the wind in song of seasons to come

Hold tight, be strong, your time to shine draws near

by Stephanie Hopkins

See also Lisl’s Image of the Month ~I’m Just Gonna Leave This Right Here

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Weekend Review

Good morning, everyone! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend! I made a video last night on how to get started on junk journals and using materials to create pages you probably already have around your home. The link to the video is here and I caution you, it is unedited. Ha! I’m still learning filming and I am using my old phone to do so.

Also, I woke up this morning, fixed a cup of coffee and did a little morning video with no make-up, hair not done up and its complete realism. You can check that out here

I wanted to share a few weekend highlights with y’all besides the videos. I made a few master boards, altered play cards for journal tags, chilled out with Hal Girl while watching Netflix, and I picked up a couple of important things at the dollar three that every mixed media artist should have close by. In the near future I will be doing a blog post on items you can buy at the Dollar Tree to use for all your mixed media projects. Many of you will be surprised how much you can use from that store! -Stephanie

I leave you with my favorite a poem by Robert Frost.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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A Doodle Of Calmness

Doodle master board I EditedGosh, my second blog post. I never do this but wanted to share something. It has been an exhausting work day and I’ve been in a doodling mood so I created a Doodle Master Board. I will use this for various projects. This is not my best work but given how tired I am, it will have to do and it really gave me a sense of calm. I’m going to be slow stitching later on this evening if I can keep my eyes open long enough. Ha!

I don’t know why but I thought of a poem by William Shakespeare, ‘Full Fathom Five’ doodling this. Maybe because it was the thought of sea-change or something like that. Yes, I’m a bit strange. -Stephanie

Full fathom five thy father lies;

Of his bones are coral made;

Those are pearls that were his eyes:

Nothing of him that doth fade,

But doth suffer a sea-change

Into something rich and strange.

Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:

Ding-dong.

Hark! now I hear them—Ding-dong, bell.

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Supplies used: Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, Tombow Acid Free Brush Pens, Sharpie White Poster Paint Marker, Folk Art and Deco Art Acrylic Paint, baby wipes, Stampabilities Brushed Stripe Background Stamp, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Painters Tape and Canson Illustration Mixed Media Paper. Can’t wait to see what projects I use this piece with. Master Board meas I will be cutting it down to different sizes to meet my needs.

Purple Irises With Hues Of Gold And Fragility – Poem by Chris Lane

Painting 12-18-17 II by Stephanie

The purple Irises glistened

in the morning stillness

with three tongues that lick

as if to catch a dew drop

upon each tip

Golden bearded and strong

these living gems

calling for those lucky enough

to scent and see them.

Rhizomes barely catch the earth,

with roots that serve as a place of rebirth

Dividing as they go

year after year, they double in show

Oh, this beauty with for my eyes to see

I cannot keep them for only me

with friends true I shall share.

and next year bring to them

this joy I find in

a purple world with hues of gold and fragile love.

© Calac

Chris Lane

Painting by Stephanie M. Hopkins