Paint September ~ Day 17 ~ Shoreline

Paint September ~ Day 17 ~ Shoreline

I spent many hours with paintbrush in hand towards the end of my yesterday…moved paint around paper, little thought, play mostly. There were distractions galore…my house, not quiet. Several paintings came, none of which felt particularly right to me and none of which I’ll share with you here. I had all but called Day 17 a bust when a passing comment caught my eye and made me take pause…

Creation without Inspiration is pointless.

So I flipped the page in my watercolor book and began again, this time, recalling an image of rocks on shoreline that floated my way earlier in the week… and the paint flowed with ease and this simple painting is what emerged.

The reason I decided to try my hand at PaintSeptember was to challenge myself to show up daily, paintbrush in hand, with the mindset of creating…something…anything. An exercise in discipline, something I need when it comes to creating as the business side of my brain often pulls me in other less artistic directions. My initial goal was simple…show up, paint something and if happy with it, share it along. My routine has been to sit down without prior thought of what to create in mind, then, see what comes…. What I have learned so far, is that I need to be touched by just the smallest spark of inspiration in order to do good work. The paintings that I have been most pleased with this month all came from an inspired place within after having felt/noticed the magnetic pull of a feeling, emotion or idea.

For me, just showing up is an excellent first step, but it’s simply not enough, especially since it’s important to me to create art that is infused with depth, emotion and meaning.

Original Watercolor & Ink ©Michelle Rummel

The Gift of Art



A special package arrived in my mailbox today. It traveled all the way from Norway, a gift from artist, David Sandum (@DavidSandumArt).

A few weeks ago, David painted, then posted online, this beautiful Gouache saying that as the piece evolved, elements of it began to remind him of me… He dedicated the painting to me and offered to send it my way. Such a surprise, this gesture …so completely unexpected.

As I unwrapped it, I smiled. Always part of the charm, the way an artist packages their art. I could feel David’s energy as I held the wrapped artwork in my hands. He pours his heart into all he does…and I felt it, plain as day.

But upon seeing the painting for the first time, I share honestly that tears came. It is so beautiful…and much more delicate than it appears on screen. The colors, predominantly honey and apricot, are warm, like summer. There are touches of the softest blue green, hinting at the ocean I love so dearly and the water in the vase is translucent perfection. A muddy lilac adds an overall  gentle depth to the painting. And I genuinely love that my name is painted onto the piece…It feels like it was meant just for me.

Tell me, is there anything more wonderful than receiving the gift of art? I am beyond touched by the beauty of the painting, the gracious gesture of giving and the heartfelt message that accompanied the piece… Thank you, David ~


Paint September ~ Day 15/16 ~ Pure Memory

Paint September ~ Day 15/16 ~ Pure Memory

“I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us”~ Mary Oliver

The ocean has a strong pull over me. I am at peace there…grounded and balanced. Palpable, the quiet calm that comes from within.

My memory is often hazy…details of my life tend to mix and melt into something that feels a bit like shadow. My recall is clouded with fragments of memory. But the smallest of seaside moments stick with me. There is utter clarity…It is as if each time the tide retreats, it smooths the layered haze, leaving behind a softness of pure memory and thought…

A pleasure to paint what I love… ~

Original Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel

Paint September ~ Day 12 ~ Contemplation

Paint September ~ Day 12

I put my friend,  Michael Sesling ( @PoeticMindset ) on the spot;) to put pen to paper and write a few words about this painting and of course, he came through in brilliant fashion. We have been friends for a long while…our paths crisscrossing along various social media venues. His poetry is so lovely…he paints pictures, tells stories with his words. Honored, then, when he asked me if I might be interested in collaborating on some art and poetry projects. Contemplation was a spontaneous start. Not sure what else will come over time, but I look forward to it:) My gratitude for his words here..they are perfect and beautiful and moody and I feel they fit the essence of my painting wonderfully well ~

Thank you, Michael :)



she daydreams

in her moments of solace

dusk moments lingering

when moonlight and sunlight

coalesce in hidden pools

of delight and bewilderment

behind pale eyes

there is silence in memory

scarf against skin

skin cold to touch

eyes pale in silence

a sound echoes in memories departed

across a sullen sky

whispers from dreams

dreams from the river

like cloud thoughts



drifting infinitely nowhere

maybe into the hemisphere

hair like a river

lips like shadows

dreams like wine

she is waiting to be touched

her lover’s touch

supple lips to skin

echoes in the dream

a moment escaping

into a smile

Contemplation, Original Poetry ©Michael Sesling


I am exhausted…But I didn’t have the chance to paint yesterday and I simply could not let today go by without at least trying to make good on my commitment to paint a painting a day. So, almost in the 11th hour;) I got down to it and this is what came…

She needs a title and maybe some lovely words to go with…(Michael Sesling…no pressure, but…GO;) … and I likely will photograph her again tomorrow in natural light which will look a little softer to my very tired eyes. But for now, I think she will do…yes? ~

Original Watercolor and Ink ©Michelle Rummel

Shine On

Shine On

Rocks in pockets weigh me down
Exhale exhausted…
Yet gems along shoreline shine.
Call to me
Like the light I crave
I’ll come….
Tender hearted,
No matter…
Mind if I sit for a moment
Catch my breath
Before skipping my soul stones
Heartbeat hopscotch
Towards waters edge.

Shine On was my contribution for the firstTwitter Art Exhibit in Moss Norway in 2010 to raise money at the local library so that books could be purchased for the children. A most worthy cause and I was thrilled to be a part of it.  I am still working on my piece for next year’s exhibit but will be sure to post it here when complete:)

The next Twitter Art Exhibit will be held in Orlando, Florida in March of 2014. The submission deadline is February 21, 2014. To learn more about the twitter art exhibit or to view the Call For Artists, please click here to visit the website.

Original Watercolor and Words ©Michelle Rummel