Monday, August 14, 2017


Hi everyone.  I'm home from a little 4 day jaunt out to the Finger Lakes in the middle of New York state. 

I found this map on the internet to show you the area in green where the Finger Lakes are located. It's a big area, and we spent most of our time  that red triangular looking loop I added to the image . :)
They are called the Finger Lakes because they are long glacial scoured out lakes that look like fingers.
We visited only Seneca lake and Keuka Lake, so as you can see there is a lot we didn't explore. 
It was a beautiful area. We kept busy by visiting a few museums, taking a gorgeous gorge hike, doing some wine, beer and other alcoholic tastings, as well as a few other fun things. I have lots to show you in the near future once all my photos get unload and sorted.
But today I want to show you some art I had made before I left to link up to both Jo's fab poetry in motion  challenge at Art Journal Journey and also the use your scraps challenge over at Tag Tuesday.
First my silly poetry in motion piece based on a poem by Edward lear. He was certainly known for his fun and often nonsense poetry.
I chose this poem because I had a this strange urge to try drawing some parrots. Don't ask me where that idea came from, but I will say, I was pleased with the way they came out. I actually based my drawing more on scarlet macaws which are beautiful birds who pair for life.
Here's an internet photo (from Southwick Zoo) of what they really look like.

And my tag is really an assortment of pieces that I put together. It's made with some scraps off my work table which include  some tape, a TH found relative, some stamped words and a metal frame, as well as a lot of painting and doodling.
That's all for me this post.
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and the new week promises to be a good one.


Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Erika,nice to see you back again, and glad you had a good time exploring the lakes. Love the real parrots and the journalled ones with that lovely verse from Edward Lear, great fun. Thanks for linking your gorgeous scrappy tag to TT, much appreciated! Hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen said...

Wow ... seems like you had a wonderful trip - great!!!
Those finger lakes look so fun on the map. YOur parrot page is so lovely - what a nice poem as well and I also love your fun tag - such a pretty make!
Thanks a lot for another amazing entry linked to Jo's AUgust theme dear Erika!
Happy week to you!

CJ Kennedy said...

Love your colorful parrots. Edward Lear is a favorite of mine. Didn't know that macaws mate for life. Knew they lived a long time. Your tag goes along with your page as it showcases the person in grey. Looking forward to hearing about your trip to the Finger Lakes. Enjoy the sunshine.

chrissie said...

Amazing parrots Erika and such a beautiful tag as well

Thank you for joining us at Tag Tuesday

Love Chrissie xx

sheila 77 said...

Your two parrots art is such fun, and they do look very close. Nice of you to give them some carrots to go with the poem.
What a great tag, everything goes so well to make the design. I always think the term "found relatives" is very amusing.

Anonymous said...

Nice getaway. Might as well do all you can before you start back to school. xox

Gibby Frogett said...

Sounds like you crammed quite a lot into your 4 days Erika.
Thanks for showing the maps - I can see why the lakes are called that - what a lot there are too.
Your parrots are beautiful and just perfect for that quirky poem.
Sorry (once again) for missing your post lately - I hope all is well with you .. Gill xx

nanskidrewski said...

Colorful and fun. Can't wait to hear about your trip. You go such cool places!��

Jeanie said...

I love your art and I'll look forward to your posts. We spent some time in Geneva en route to MA so in the winter, though no snow this year! I remember doing posts on it this year and last. Nice territory. I'll be anxious to see what you saw!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Trying to play catch up here. Sorry I'm so late visiting. I always wondered about the finger lakes, and now I know. Glad you had a better weekend than I.

Those parrots are fabulous, simply gorgeous. They are well drawn and very colorful, too.

Of course, I really, really, really like the tag made with scraps. It's incredible.

Let's Art Journal said...

What a happy colourful post with your travels, fab page and cheery tag! I'm so pleased you had a wonderful weekend away on your travel adventures and the Finger Lakes look so interesting, can't wait to see more 😁. Edward Lear's lymericks are guaranteed to make me smile and I love the one you choose about the parrots for Art Journal Journey, it's so much fun! You illustrated it perfectly - the macaws that you painted are awesome, they look so full of character and the colours are beautiful, loving the carrots too ... lol 😁. Thanks for the smiles and wishing you a great new week! J 😊
p.s. thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog! J x

craftytrog said...

Wonderful parrots, and I adore your tag Erika!
Wishing you a happy day,

Anonymous said...

wonderful trip!!!
parrot page is so lovely with nice poem!
The tag is very nice!
Happy week

Divers and Sundry said...

I saw a show on HGTV that featured a couple looking for a home on the finger lakes, and the scenery was beautiful! It sounds like you had a wonderful trip.

Sharon Fritchman said...

Thank you for sharing your travels at the Finger Lakes! We have always wanted to visit there. Your parrot photos and work of art are so pretty! I loved the wonderful poem, too - so cute!!!! And your tag is simply fabulous.