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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 …)

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 …)

home again

I rolled into my driveway last night around 11:00 pm, after teaching an 8:00 am class in Atlanta, GA, followed by packing the car, hanging out with friends, and finally an 11 hour drive home. I spent much of today in a post-Haven-haze that wasn't helped by the fact that I've had a head cold for the past few days!  It was a great trip, though.  Busy, but great.  I'll tell you more about it in  (read more …)

never stop…

I have been in good old hot and humid Atlanta, GA for the Haven Home Blogger's Conference over the past few days.  I have a full schedule, but I find these conferences are always a good opportunity to learn and to allow others to build into me.  Sometimes we get too busy to do that, don't we?  We just go, go, go and forget that we need to stop, sit in the student chair, and be the  (read more …)

can you repaint over wax?

Yes. End of post. Okay, not really.  I will elaborate on this one. When I shared my Antiquing Wax tutorial, a reader asked if you can repaint over a waxed surface.  I have heard a lot of people say you can't paint over wax, but I've painted over wax numerous times, so let's throw the "can't" word out the window. If you paint over wax that is "wet" (even though wax isn't really wet) or hasn't  (read more …)

This post was brought to you by the letter P…

Remember that linen tea towel I started cross-stitching back in June?  When I was at the beach?  Well, I finished it when I sat outside for a few hours, watching my boys at football camp, but I just got around to ironing the "hoop impression" out of it this week. Yeah, that pretty much sums up what happens to things in my world when they just aren't a priority. Here's the pattern I created based  (read more …)