Walking Grand Island – No. 1

My favorite location to walk in Grand Island, Nebraska is Hall County Park.  Why?  The trees!  It has trees, big trees, lots of trees.  The path around the park is about a mile, and there are two other trails: one around the Stuhr Museum property, and a second trail that takes you to the Walmart.

All trails are very peaceful.  If you feel adventurous, you can take one of the many trails into the woods.  If you need a rest, there are plenty of swings and picnic tables.  The restrooms in Hall County Park are some of the cleanest public facilities I have seen.  Yes, they are ranked right up there with Chick-fil-a for cleanliness.

A word of caution.  Watch out for motor vehicles, bicyclists, and wild turkeys.

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Good Morning…

Good morning! Would you like to see something pretty? My latest fluid painting.

And, something prettier. Done with neon paint.

Below it is under a black light.

I think I like it better shown under normal like.

Okay, no Wow!

This is one of my pour painting I did yesterday.  I looked at it and thought; that is interesting, it Okay.  Not really what I was expecting.

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Then I decided to put it under a black light, because I did use neon acrylic paint.  And the results were Wow!  The black light picture did not pick up all the detail.  You can see the layer of yellow and the blue and pinks hidden beneath the white.

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Agree or Disagree

This pour painting was done on a round canvas. I have been trying to decide if I should add something to it; like a mandala or flowers or….

I posted a picture of it in one of the Acrylic Pour groups and the responses was: leave it along; they like it as is; don’t mess it up. What do you think? If you disagree with them, do you have any suggestions?

Success! Well somewhat!

This is probably my first successful drawing using alcohol ink pens, well somewhat. Alcohol ink dries quickly but it bleeds very badly. One tip I read with using alcohol ink was to outline the area in matching color pencil.

This drawing is a mixture of Faber Castell Pitt Pens, Prismacolor Pencils, and Chameleon Pens.

Walking Baton Rouge – No. 1

My favorite place to walk in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the Cohn Arboretum.  There are walking paths, trees and more trees, bamboo, a pond, grapevines, and lots of flowers.  It is usually not busy, except when the workers are there.  It is well maintained and peaceful.  It is also on the way to the my No. 3 spot, so I usually catch both on the same day.

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This is Baton Rouge, so remember wherever you go; your bug spray and water.  However, pests have never seemed to be a problem here.

Walking Grand Island – No. 2

My second favorite place to go walking in Grand Island, NE is along the John Brownwell Trail.  It is best if you start the walk at Sucks Lake and go right.  Just go right.   If you walk around the lake, the ducks and geese will get out of the way.  However, their droppings do not move.  It is best just to head towards the Cemetery; again go right.

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I rarely walk to the cemetery, instead I select the path to College Park.  About 1.5 miles along the trail Sothmann Park will be just off the path.  There you will encounter more geese and their droppings.    You will also get to see one of the best trees in Grand Island.

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If you choose to walk the 4 miles to Hall County Park, you will pass the Stuhr Museum and will see more trees.  There is one problem with walking the 4 miles to Hall County Park; you will need to walk the 4 miles back to Suck Lake.

Rescued Houses – Part Three

After two weeks of being back from my long trip, I realized I missed painting my little plaster houses.  It is something that I believe that I am good at doing.  I am also good at painting walls too.  I finished these three houses and started painting three more.  I typically paint three houses at a time, so others can be drying as I work on one.

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Thatch Roof House

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School House

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Library

If you would like to know why I called them my rescued houses, check at this blog post:  Rescued Houses – Part One

Sketchbook No. 3

Today I filled up my third sketchbook.  It was a difficult decision which topic I would share today, but I decided this would be the first.  There maybe other topics today.

First about the sketchbook cover.  I read a article about how kids draw and as we grow older we want our drawings to become more realistic.  Today, I decide to draw the stick figure of myself, like I have been drawing it since elementary school.  The hair has gotten longer over the years.  The house and tree definitely has more detail.  Draw, draw anything.  The good, the bad, the ugly, the pretty, and the amazing.

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Here are some of the pages from Sketchbook – Volume 3.

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Walking Baton Rouge – No. 2

My second favor place to walk in Baton Rouge is the Highland Road Park.  It is located south of downtown, south of LSU, south of the Mall, but north of the Ascension Parish line.  The 2/3 mile walking trail is located on a hill.  Yes!  This area of Baton Rouge has hills.

But, don’t stay on the concrete walking path.  Go for an adventure.  Take the paths the cross country athletes use for training, or walk the area the disc golfer use.  It will take you into the trees, over bridges, to the tennis courts and splash pad.  Beware, their are two dangers here:  one rolling down a hill; and two to getting your shoes wet with dew if you are out early morning.

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