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Flashback Friday: Day at the beach #art #pastel #beach

ArtJournal_4_3I think I love reminiscing. One of the best things about my weekly journal is the fact that I have a permanent record of the activities and memories I have made throughout my life. I have something tangible that I can hold and look through. Not only am I remember the times that I am depicting, but I am also remembering the time I spent creating each entry – it’s magical.

Today’s entry takes me back to a time in my life that I didn’t have many worries. Around this time last year we decide to take a mini vacation to Zion IL to the lovely beach area that awaited there. Zion’s Illinois Beach Resort sits right along the beach that allows it’s visitor’s glorious views of Lake Michigan.

I remember that we had a wonderful dinner at the lakeside restaurant followed by a night walk along the beach. The following morning we took a long hike through the beach along the boardwalk seeing such sites as old abandoned stone beach houses, birds in flight and a glowing sunrise. On our way back we had a near-scare when we came across a very poisonous looking snake that clearly did not want us around. I practically ran back to the hotel and away from the slithering danger that was hissing at us.

Once we checked out of the hotel we headed over to Great America for another fun-filled day of coasters, food and other delights. By the evening we were exhausted but fully satisfied from our wonderful little getaway. While our trip to Zion was only one small part in our mini vacation it was the one event that stuck out most in my memory.

At home when it was time to journal about our adventures I decided to crack open my rarely used pastel set. The soft hues and colors lent itself well to the beach environment that I wanted to grace the page. Before applying the pastel, I had some Dylusions Ink Spray on the page that was leftover as an accident form my previous entry.  I wasn’t sure of what the pastel would look like over the ink, but I decided to go with it anyway.  More often then not, I am not always happy with the results of the art that I am working on and complete but in this circumstance I loved the resulting effect when I combined the ink spray with pastel.

All in all, this was a fun entry for me and a nice walk down memory lane.

Until next time…

 

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Flashback Friday: Concert with Colin Hay #art #pastel #colinhay

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I had so much fun creating this particular entry. Almost as much fun as I had attending the concert this is in tribute to. Colin Hay is a wonderful singer and song writer. If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that my husband and I love to attend concerts together. Colin Hay by far puts out one of the best concerts we attend to date. By this entry, this would be the third time we have see Colin Hay. The event took place at the City Winery in Chicago. The venue featured dine-in style seating pairing you with mystery table guests.

While this could be off-putting for some, my husband and I got along very well with our table mates; enjoying wine, appetizers and lovely conversation. The main event though was our entertainer of the evening, Colin Hay. He delighted us with music, storytelling and even humor. The man is “very” funny and engaging. His new album was the focal point of his set but still incorporated some favorites from his other independent albums and music from his time with “Men at Work”.

This was a wonderful evening that I will never forget and look forward to seeing if he visits Chicago again soon.

Until next post…