Thursday, September 24, 2015

Art Journal Sketches & ATL Botanical Gardens


Hey Ya'll!  I really hope you all had a good week!  I was able to push out ten art journal sketches this week.  Sometimes I try way too hard to get everything perfect and I get blocked.  I loosened up and didn't use an eraser (until the last one) and just sketched whatever came to my brain.  I was able to record four of the charcoal sketches.

I picked up three canvases from Michael's a few weeks ago and plan to re-paint a few of these. Letting go really was fun.  This was only part one.  I have part two coming soon...not to sure if I will record it or not.  Anyway, I just hope you are inspired to open up and try a few new things.



Two weekends ago we went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.  This place was insane!  I've never been anywhere like it.  I took a billion pictures and wanted to share them all!  They have an amazing restaurant inside where I ate something called Parisian Monsieur.  Ya'll I don't know how to say it but I cleaned the plate.  Click here to see a photo of it.


This sculpture is made up of plants and flowers.  I wish I could see her everyday!  



They have room after room of plants and flowers.  The bottom left photo shows the canopy walk.  It feels like you're in Jurassic Park.  The butterfly doors are in the children's gardens.  I want some in my house one day.


If you ever come to Atlanta PLEASE visit the gardens, you will not regret it!  
(Bring your walking shoes though!)

Have a blessed weekend! 

38 comments :

  1. Wonderful art and photos, Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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  2. "Letting go is really fun" - wonderful artful words to live by. I think your sketches are brilliant. Great work.

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    1. Thanks...it's not easy but it's worth it!

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  3. Gorgeous paintings and photos.
    The faces are very expressive.

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    1. I know right, it's was so much we will have to visit again...thanks for stopping by Ayala!

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  5. Love your faces...each one has it's own personality. I like that. And the gardens....I adore visiting Botanical Gardens. They just inspire, don't they. Nice post. Sending Hugs.

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  6. That sculpture in the garden is amazing, vow!

    Good for you not to use eraser so much and let it go! Your lines look loose and strong, bold and expressive.

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  7. Hello Danielle. I really liked the idea of juxtaposing loose, soft sketches in charcoal with acrylic paints. Your characters are very interesting. The color makes them even more alive. I want to try this as well. First on paper, then on fabric. Thank you for sharing. Happy PPF :) By the way, the gardens look so inspiring, i would not want to leave either :)

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  8. that sculpture is amazing... and so are your lovely faces... really wonderful

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  9. I love your art journal pages, especially the one with the two portraits and the one with the tree growing out of her head. The botanical gardens in Georgia are definitely a place I would love to visit someday. Happy PPF! #44

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  10. Fabulous faces Danielle! I sometimes find it difficult to just let it go too but then when you do often you find the art is even better:) Gorgeous looking gardens!!

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  11. Wow these are gorgeous. I think my fave one is the unicorn girl although the last piece with the branches as hair is pretty awesome as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I lived in the Atlanta area for a few years and never went to the gardens. Next time Im up there I will have to go. Thanks for sharing and beautiful sketches

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  13. That botanical garden is beautiful - I'd love to wander around there! I sometimes try way to hard to be "perfect" too when it comes to art. Doing crafts with my 6 year old is actually very relaxing because there's no pressure!

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  14. Fantastic faces and lovely photos. Gill x

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  15. Nice. Thanks for sharing

    Happy PPF

    Much love...

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  16. What a beautiful botanical garden! We don't live that far away and I will have to visit it someday soon AND eat in the restaurant! I love your sketches, too!

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  17. I really love your sketches - so full of imagination! You know, my favourite is the head in the cage. I just think that is so original! Those gardens in Atlanta are amazing. I saw the sculpture on Facebook once and I was stunned by its beauty. How I would love to see this in real life. I regret that I am so very far away in the UK, but thanks for sharing your photos! xx

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  18. Wonderful post, I watched the video last night then got called away! Love watching you create! Beautiful faces...and yes I love the loose style...it works well!! Great photos too!

    Hugs Giggles

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  19. Oh, Danielle - your sketches are amazing - there's such freedom and fluidity in the line, and the expressiveness is wonderful. Gorgeous photos of the botanical gardens too.
    Alison xx

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  20. Love all your sketches, Danielle! And the Botanical garden photos are awesome. I also am on IG so I will look you up. :)

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  21. I love your sketches and really enjoyed the video showing the process. What a beautiful botanical garden - such inspiring photos!

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  22. My favorite portrait is the girl with the antlers. Pretty!

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  23. Fantastic sketches, I'm super excited that I found your blog (through Show Your Face) Some times NOT letting yourself use any erasing give you the best work.
    Love botanical gardens and would love to see this one in person. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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  24. I adore your charcoal faces and I LOVE your pictures of that extraordinary garden feature. Wow!

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  25. Wow! The photos are beautiful and enticing. I'd love to visit. I love your sketches.

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  26. Stunning Danielle. Just gorgeous and lovely share from the garden too, pretty amazing! Thanks for joining in Show Your Face and for the shout out too. Kx

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  27. I love to see you working. That's a great little journal with all the wonderful faces in there. I especially like the one with orange and branches. And that plant-sculpture is just amazing..

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  28. Just found you! What a wonderful page filled with fab photos and mixed media. Those gardens are absolute stunning! Wow! LOVE your mixed media here and looking forward to getting to know more about you and your work. :)

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  29. Love your drawings and photos...gorgeous garden! what fun and intriguing faces, especially the one with the 'cage' around her head, and the 'branches.' Awesome!

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  30. Fantastic pictures! Both of the faces and the gardens! Loved it! Patsy

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