June #10DCAC –

Choose Joy Studio – Prompts for June #10DCAC

Thought I’d share my responses to the prompts for June. Hope you can join in next month! Lynne and I will be back July 1 with more prompts. Share the creativity!

#10DCAC June 9 Birds & Bees

Photo by Gail Higgins Photography

I love macro photography. I love to see things UP CLOSE and marvel at the beauty of an ant or a bee or a weed. One photographer who gets the best photos of birds, insects, bees and flowers is Gail Higgins. Her IG account is filled with fabulous photos of birds, bees, insects, flowers. You should follow her! She is doing a 100 Day Project of macro photography.

Photo by J M Neely Photography

Did you know that bees sleep? I was so intrigued when I saw this sweet photo I had to go research! I had just never considered it before.

Bees can symbolize being ‘busy as a bee’ or being a Messenger. Having you heard of the tradition of “Telling the Bees”?

“This is where the beekeeper treated their bees as extended members of their own family and kept informed of any family news in the household. Beekeepers also needed to talk to the bees in calm voices and never use harsh words for fear of upsetting the bees. Marriages, new births and especially deaths were marked by decorating the hive and telling the bees what had happened.”

I’m not sure what I’ll do in my art journal for this prompt yet! I’m filled with ideas and information. What can you come up with? Hope you are enjoying the prompts this month! Lynne with Open Hearts Studio and I love seeing what you do with them.

#10DCAC June 7

The Livin’ Is Easy

Summertime –

This song, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, George Gershwin. Oh my . . .

Nothing better. Grab your art journal, a piece a paper, your favorite colors, (I used oil pastels) and take a few minutes to listen. Let your mind follow the rhythm, the melody and let your hands dance with the page.

Hoping you share with Lynne and I. Use #10DCAC on IG or share on Facebook. We are happy to have you join us on this monthly journey of choosing art!

#10DCAC June 5 –

Sandcastles & Seashells

June brings me a sense of freedom. I did not grow up near the ocean but June feels like the month for sandcastles, the beach and seashells! I actually lived in the Southwest until my late 20’s. The sandcastle you see in the photo was given to me for my desk when I worked at an office with no windows! I loved this piece of sand and what it represented. I would dream of visiting a beach and listening to the waves crash.

Now I live close to the beach. I don’t get to the beach near enough but this year my goal is to go and wander and spend time with the sand and water.

What memories do you have of sandcastles and seashells?

What brings you that sense of freedom?

#10DCAC June Prompt 3 – Ladders to Nowhere

Buddha’s Ladder
Artist – Paul Fullerton

Day 3 of #10DCAC

Also seen on my unexpected trip to UF in Gainesville, FL was this piece. I had not ever heard of Buddha’s Ladder. And the name is not what drew me it was the blue, blue sky behind the sculpture. Reminded me of the skies in New Mexico. Which led me to think of Georgia O’Keefe and her ladder in the sky. Then I noticed the name of the piece and then I noticed the spiral in Buddha’s ladder! Spirals appear often in my art.

Ladders to Nowhere – transitioning from one time in your life to another. We each have these transitions occur. What do you do when your life is in transition? I’d be curious to know. And what does this prompt bring up in your art medium?

Share if you can. Use #10DCAC on IG or Facebook. I’ll be back to post my art! Can’t wait to see yours!

#10DCAC June 1 – MASK

Mask – Harn Museum (University of Florida)


I took an unexpected trip to Gainesville, FL yesterday. I had some time and was able to visit the Harn Museum of Art. It has been quite a while since my last visit. I love to wander in museums. And I love that very LOUD quiet that exists when people are visiting. Do you know what I mean? No one talking or if they are it is just in whispers. The only sound I heard was the quiet tip-tap of feet occasionally on the wood floors. I made my way to the African Collection and became fascinated with their collection of masks. They had so many but the one above struck me the most. I loved the simple clean lines – not ornate. Striking in its simplicity.

#10DCAC Prompt 1 – Mask

Welcome to #10DCAC! Lynne and I are committed to sharing our love of choosing art every day and hope you will join us this month. We will have a prompt each day. We take turns with the prompts and post about them.

And you can play along! Just create something with the prompt given. It can be a journal page, a painting, a photo, a sketch, anything YOU feel like creating. We’d love to have your company and your creations. She and I post on Instagram and Facebook with the #10DCAC. If you feel a bit shy about sharing your creation we do have a private Facebook group. Or you can send it to us via email. It is fun to see what others come up with using the same prompt and it is just a 10 Day challenge each month. I know it can be difficult to stay with the longer challenges that are out there but 10 days is doable! And you get to choose art each day!

Hoping you play along. I’m off to create with today’s prompt.

What comes to YOUR mind when you think of Mask?

Mask #10DCAC June 1

Hello world!

Woohoo! A new design on the website! I have to share that I am NOT a web designer! I struggle mightily with technology! And WordPress is way more difficult than I had imagined!

So, this will be a work in progress. Hoping to learn as I go. I’m looking for a clean, simple look to my site and my blog. Wish me luck!