Every August I say this, it's August Autumn!! Not only because the birds have already started gathering, the plants are turning, leaves are already turning on some trees and the mornings and evenings are cooler, it's in the air!

This is the best time of the year too! The colors, all those beautiful rich fall tones of sunflower golds, forest greens, deep browns, acorn browns, rust reds, it's just a delight all around. From the plants to the clothing, the food is even better because now we start cooking rich stews and gravy dishes, preparing for winter. And oh, the flowers! Marigolds and mums! My favorite time of year!

Get this cute image 'Fall Vibes' from my Etsy shop! Get the tote bag from my Redbubble shop!




WATERCOLORS are so beautiful, so popular now and so fun to create! Whether you are a traditional painter or digital painter, or both, (tradigital) where you paint and scan and then add effects using your computer art program, it's all WATERCOLOR BEAUTY! 

I especially love funky, whimsical and abstract style watercolors. Loose floral paintings are quite popular and are harder to paint than you can imagine! To let yourself go and just let the paint flow, well, it's difficult until you really do understand HOW to watercolor paint. 

What kind of materials you need, the types of watercolor papers, the best brushes (make all the difference) and the finest paints. Invest in the moderate priced supplies, you will save time! If you buy cheap paper and paint, you are going to end up not being happy with your results and end up buying the better quality supplies anyway! 

I'm at the point where I would love those super expensive brushes, but I have trouble with them being from animals. Animals raised for fur, it's a hard thing to justify. So, I'm looking for the best synthetic, or 'man made' brushes I can find. 

Don't let that burden you to the point of not painting! Even messing around at night, while watching the boob tube, we can use our watercolor paint brushes that hold water or use the brush style markers, or use our watercolor pencils!! Those are highly awesome and highly underrated! I love making a drawing and then adding water, to see where it goes.

The images you see here are from THE HUNGRY JPEG 'TROPICAL BUNDLE' that was on sale a couple of weeks ago, for $17 and oh my! What a great price on so much artwork! 

This is the first set of graphics that I've EVER PURCHASED and I'm so glad I did!! I don't have enough time in my life to paint all of these gorgeous images so it's saving me time and it is so much fun to mix and match, to create my own designs using art from these talented artists! It's just like digital scrapbooking, using patterns for backgrounds, PNG files for making cute stickers, magnets, art for t-shirts, it's a joy!

HERE ARE SOME STICKERS that I created using these fine images! For sale at my Zazzle shop!

Here are some cute products that I created at my Redbubble shop!

Follow the simple TERMS OF USE!
See the TOU on their site, it's simple, just like mine! You cannot just use the images 'as is'!!!! You must create something new, combine other elements to create something different than what you received. So, instead of just plopping down an image and selling it, you must add something to it, like text or another image!

So, get started! Paint or use graphics from other artists who sell their art for a living, like I do at my Etsy shop! Enjoy the beautiful world of watercolors!




I'm on a space 'galaxies' kick! Loving creating these outer space digital paintings so much, check them out as posters at my Redbubble shop!




PARTIES for graduations, birthdays, holidays such as the 4th of July, all center around YUMMY FOOD! We're all outdoors grilling and smoking fish, sitting with our neighbors and family, enjoy the summer and enjoy good food!





We are beginning to see more and more holidays celebrating different cultures, diversity and other countries, and it is about time! We need to celebrate more, love more, respect more and educate and share more!

I wasn't truly aware of Juneteenth or what it was, only when it is. In June! So I started reading, and reading, and reading all that I could to try to understand the 'big' picture. It's not just about summer festivals and tons of great food! It's one of the largest major events in our country's history, the abolishment of SLAVERY! In many places, Juneteenth has become a multicultural holiday.

The good church-centered community gatherings became more and more as the years went by. Folks started celebrating with food festivals. Time to honor the past, the past lives and sacrifices of others. Honor those now who participate in joyful celebration, sharing and teaching our children.

I have begun creating JUNETEENTH greeting cards for this occasion as well as for those having birthdays on June 19th. Please do visit my card shop for these cards that you can customize inside. If you like, customize the text inside and then have Greeting Card Universe send it to your recipient!

From Wikipedia:
President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation had officially outlawed slavery in Texas and the other states in rebellion against the Union almost two and a half years earlier. Enforcement of the Proclamation generally relied on the advance of Union troops. Texas, as the most remote of the slave states, had a low presence of Union troops as the American Civil War ended; thus enforcement there had been slow and inconsistent before Granger's announcement. Although Juneteenth generally celebrates the end of slavery in the United States, it was still legal and practiced in two Union border states (Delaware and Kentucky) until later that year, when ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolished chattel slavery nationwide in December. Additionally, Indian Territories that had sided with the Confederacy, namely the Choctaw, did not release those enslaved until 1866.