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landscape dresser four | part one

 I'm realizing that I should probably start coming up with clever names for these landscape dressers! Well, for now, this one is "number four." I was originally going to try watercolor over MMS Milk Paint, just to see how that worked out, but I tried it on a sample board and I didn't like the look of it.  The things I love about watercolor just didn't happen.  What looks soft on paper, looks  (read more …)

creating with confidence

I have been watching a lot of video tutorials on painting, sketching, trying to improve my knowledge and skills.  In one that I watched, a famous water color artist (I'm new to this world, so I don't know who he is) said something like, "The thing that most paintings lack is confidence." That comment reached into my creative soul and touched a nerve.   Like he was speaking to me.   It wasn't  (read more …)

antique haul | 8.22.16

Late last week, I hit a wall.  I love my work, but sometimes I need to step away from my house and the studio and recharge creatively.  A day out shopping usually does that for me.  So, my mom and I hit a craft store for more watercolor and sketching supplies and we also hit one of my favorite antique stores. I was shopping mostly for inspiration, but I also kept an eye out for things I could  (read more …)

The trials of decorating for an 8-year-old boy

Decorating for kids is hard.  I'm learning that as I'm working with my eight-year-old on transforming the guest room into his room.  We have conversations about it that go something like this... "So, let's talk about your room, bud, and how you would like it to look." "Okay." "What colors would you like?" "Ummm... Red, green, black, gray, orange, blue.  And some yellow." "Hmm.  Okay.  How  (read more …)

ideas are like sea turtles

Our family has been watching through the series Planet Earth on Netflix.  Our world is so intricate and fascinating and bizarre and majestic. We were watching a segment on baby sea turtles - how the eggs are laid in the sand and, at just the right time, they break free from their shell and race towards the ocean.  I'm watching these little turtles scurry in the sand, focused on their destination,  (read more …)

artwork for Calvin’s room

I remember a conversation I had with Jeanne Oliver a few years ago.  We were talking about art and the classes she offers through her website.  At the time, she was offering a painting class that was based on copying the work of masters.  I remember not knowing quite how to feel about that...a class that is encouraging a student of art to copy the work of someone else.  Isn't that a no-no? Well,  (read more …)

watercolor herbs

When I get into something, I get into it.  I don't mess around.  If I get into a TV show, I will binge watch.  And, yes, sometimes I get impatient and read the synopsis for episodes ahead of where I am, so the suspense won't be so intense and I can go to sleep at a reasonable hour.  This is one reason why I don't read very often, although I love reading.  I just get engrossed and  (read more …)

how tidy are your drawers?

Some of you have noticed and commented on the fact that I paint pieces while the drawers are still inside their recesses/cubbies.  (Drawer holes?)  And yes, I do leave the drawers in when I paint and I wanted to share the method to my madness. The habit of leaving the drawers in started due to a lack of space.  When I worked out of my house, every square foot needed to be used strategically and I  (read more …)