Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Flowers and Frogs and Bugs, Oh My!



We all enjoy the summer months of beautiful weather, flowers that bloom with gorgeous colors, days by a pool when it's 90 degrees out, and a glass of iced tea or lemonade. It's just a time to be with family and friends and enjoy the outdoors and what nature has to offer.

I know I love to hear the frogs by the lake, and the birds chirping in the early morning. To me it's quite refreshing to see and hear all of the wonderful and amazing things that God has put on this earth! And I'm not the only one!!! My son has become a little "nature lover" as well.

He loves to go to the park and walk on the paths to see the deer tracks, or the many bugs, frogs, and snakes that may cross his path. (For me, the snake part is not much fun...but he thinks they are just "the coolest!" LOL)

So, what do you think happens when he sees Mommy on the computer looking at some artwork of bees, bugs, and frogs??? He just flips out....and with the artwork from Samantha's Art Studio, I can understand why!

I just stumbled onto one of her sites by accident as we sometimes do, and I was so taken back by how life like her paintings were and I had to check em all out. Two of my absolute favorites are...."Busy Bees" and "Poppies."






What else can I say about two paintings that express nature in such a beautiful light? They are so full of color and so real....it's as if the flowers were right in a vase on my table! Not to mention that I absolutely LOVE bright and cheery items these days!!! They just make you feel good, don't they?



Not only does Samantha do beautiful prints, but she also has the cutest note cards with pics of flowers or frogs and bugs, it's your choice. She was so nice to send me two sets of note cards...one with the "busy bees" picture included above and one set of her "frogs!" (My son fell in love with the frogs! He was learning about them at the same time that these came in the mail and just had to take them into his class to show everyone.)







Here is a picture of the frog that my son fell in love with...pretty amazing right? His class thought so too!!! :) Samantha also does note cards with insects as well. Check out her blog for pictures of those and all kinds of other projects she is working on, past and present.

One last thing folks, I think you should see how Samantha puts some of her artwork to good use by beautifying the city she lives in and also calls attention to "pollination" and how important it is for our planet! She participated in "Hydrant Hysteria"... and was picked as one of 58 artists to paint their local fire hydrant. Her design is Pollinator Paradise, here it is on paper.....



And here is the finished hydrant, so beautiful....




If you are interested in reading a bit more about this project, you can visit HERE to check it out. It's just an incredible accomplishment, go over and leave her some comment love!!!
Want a two card set of her note cards? Leave me a comment about which item at Samantha's Etsy Store is your favorite. I'll pick a winner on July 26th. Thanks.

Have an Amazing Day,
Danielle

23 comments:

Jill said...

Just stopped by...enjoyed reading through some of your blog!
Blessings!
Jill

koralee said...

Just found your lovely blog...LOVE IT!!! I adore samanthas art work so much fun...the busy busy bee is my favourite...i just adore the colors in it...i am off to read some of your past post...the Birthday tea time is calling my name!!! Will be back!

Bunny, THE PARIS HOUSE said...

I love this cheerful happy post!! All the artwork is so uplifting and happy. My favorite is the one on top. I love the colors!!
I'm glad you and your son are having such a lovely summer
xoxo
Bunny

mimi said...

I love those! Her designs are so fun and happy for sure! The colors and designs are so whimsical. That loast pic is especially a fav. Very cute....she's so talented.

carma said...

Her work is so cheerful :-) I especially like the Baltimore Checkerspot Print

Lora said...

What beautiful work!

I found you on SITS...have a great day!

Maricris Zen Mama said...

Samantha sure does wonderful creations. I specifically love the fire hydrant. It got me with the sunflower painting. I'll go off and check her out.

Glad to be here. I'll be back again soon :)

Tami said...

These are beautiful! Her art work AMAZING. I have no talent..can't even draw a stick figure LOL

The Redhead Riter said...

I just love that fire hydrant.

I looked at her store...my fave was the fireflies and it would never be the ants...you would have to read my posting for Wednesday to understand why....eewwww

Half way there....Enjoy your Wednesday !

meandtheblueskies said...

Great fire hydrant! Just stopping by to see if you got your sampler and what you thought of it. :) - Preston

Amanda said...

You have such a cute blog!! That artwork is amazing... I would love to visit her more and maybe even buy something!

God bless-
Amanda

Shawn said...

Just visiting over from SITS!

Great blog----love the fire hydrant....

Have a great one.

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

Happy thoughts!

sweetpralinemadness said...

What fantastic pic's!!! I love the fire hydrant.

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Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

Her work is lovely!

Alicia said...

Hi Danielle! I'm sure Samantha totally appreciates you writing about her and her blog! The paintings are adorable! When I have time, I'll have to check out her Etsy shop for your giveaway!! So, I will be back!!!

HUGS!

mimi said...

I can't remember if I let you know....I have an award for you over on my blog ;)

Bee and Rose said...

Her work is AMAZING!!!! Thank you for sharing it with us!!! (love the bees!)

Tami said...

I awarded YOU

Now since I'm so not into rules, heh heh, all you have to do is pass them on.

I hate rules. LOL.

bluecottonmemory said...

I love the reds in her artwork! What a fun site!

Bunny, THE PARIS HOUSE said...

Danielle, your sweet comments on my blog mean so much to me. You are such a kind person.
thanks so much
xoxo
Bunny

Kimberly said...

These fire hydrants are so cute!! I wonder what our City would say if we painted the one down the street!!!! hahaha.
xxx kim