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Midsummer

Midsummer by Karen Gadient, 2017

Midsummer. Gouache and digital mixed media.

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.
― Ruth E. Renkl

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TGIF: Flower Bed

Flower Bed by Karen Gadient, 2016

It’s “FingerPaintingFriday” again!
Watercolor on cold press watercolor paper.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. 🙂

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Cultivate Kindness

Cultivate Kindness by Karen Gadient, 2016

Cultivate Kindness. Watercolor and digital design. I started this design for myself, to display near my computer, but I liked it so much that I wanted to share it with others. There can never be too much kindness in the world. These days, there seems to be a shortage―so it’s a good idea to spread it around.

Hope you’re having a great week!

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.
― Rudyard Kipling

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Desert Bloom

Desert Bloom by David Gadient, 2015

This made me smile today, so I hope I can pass that smile along to you!
A sweet floral photo that my husband David took during one of our visits to Desert Botanical Garden. Happy weekend!

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Neptune’s Garden

Neptune's Garden by Karen Gadient, 2015

Neptune’s Garden. Photograph and digital mixed media.
For a print and other items, please click the image.

This one began with a photo I’d taken during our visit to the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon last year. Such a wonderful place to visit!

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Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Gardens by David Gadient, 2016

We spent most of our second day in Glasgow at the Botanic Gardens. It was perfect sunny weather and lots of people had come out to enjoy the day. If we lived in Glasgow, this is a place we’d go to every week. I love our Desert Botanical Garden, but the high temperatures in Phoenix make it difficult to enjoy a walk there in summer. So this was a real pleasure. Plus: so much green!

Glasgow Botanic Flowers by David Gadient, 2016

We explored all of the buildings too, which were free to enter. We really enjoyed The Kibble Palace (nifty 360° views at that link), and we nearly had it to ourselves, probably due to the humidity inside―which, while heavy, was a pleasant change for us, with so little humidity back home.

Kibble Palace by David Gadient, 2016

The variety of plants inside the buildings is amazing. There’s even a section of desert plants―a bit of Arizona in Scotland. Of course, we didn’t take pictures of those, since we have heaps of them here, but David snapped quite a few shots of other, less familiar-to-us, plants.

Glasgow Botanic Plants by David Gadient, 2016

Elsewhere in the Gardens, we found the abandoned railway station. We could look down to the platform area below, but the beauty was at our level.

Abandoned Underground by David Gadient, 2016

There was also part of the West End Festival on display: The Ideal Hut Show. Colorful and clever sheds by artists and designers. This isn’t even all of them. Kids and adults alike were having fun examining these little pieces of architecture―such a fun outdoor installation!

Ideal Hut Show by David Gadient, 2016

We took a wide walk to cover the entire Garden, and were greeted by plenty of pigeons and squirrels. The squirrels were particularly gregarious; David made friends with one while we stopped at a bench.

Squirrel by David Gadient, 2016

If you’re ever in Glasgow, be sure to check out the Botanic Gardens. It’s an oasis in the West End and a wonderful way to spend some hours.

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Purple Flower

Purple Flower by Karen Gadient, 2015

Purple Flower. Photograph with traditional watercolor layers and digital mixed media.

My husband David takes some wonderful photos and we thought it would be fun to see what I could create with them using scanned traditional art media and digital painting and editing. This purple flower was one David found during our last trip to Desert Botanical Garden. No idea what kind of flower it is, but it was on a bush, not a cactus. I’ll experiment more with his photos and share here.

Hope you’re having a great week so far!

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