one year of oil painting

Marian ParsonsArt, Artistic Endeavors, Oil Painting36 Comments

I really wanted to write this post on the one-year anniversary, but I was in Italy on that date and have been posting mostly about my trip, so I missed the boat.  I really didn’t want to let this milestone pass without a post about it, so better late than never.   After about a year of dabbling with watercolors and … Read More

French Inspiration

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Artistic Endeavors, sketches102 Comments

Last week, I shared that I was heading to France and Italy in September.  In fact, it’s just under two weeks away now and I am positively giddy about it.  I find it hard to even focus on the things I need to work on now, because my mind keeps drifting to my upcoming trip and how much I want … Read More

RAFA & Oil Paintings

Marian ParsonsArt, Artistic Endeavors, Oil Painting25 Comments

The last couple of days have been busy with birthday parties, Mayo Clinic visits, house keeping, and back to school shopping, so I haven’t had much time for home projects or for posting here on the blog!  I thought I would pop in, though, just to give an update on my oil painting. I started oil painting last September and … Read More

“better to create crap than to not create at all”

Marian ParsonsArt, Artistic Endeavors, sketches71 Comments

For a long time, I’ve had a hang-up with sketchbooks, notebooks & journals. Don’t misunderstand me.  I love them.  I walk through the notebook/journal section almost every time I’m at a store that carries them.  I look for ones with beautiful bindings, filled with inviting papers.  And I’ve certainly bought enough of them. But, what I’ve accumulated is a collection … Read More

the stool covers are back

Marian Parsonsdesign18 Comments

Remember these cuties?  They were ticking stool covers made as reproductions of one I made out of antique ticking for an industrial stool and sold by Decor Steals a couple of years ago… Those simple ticking stool covers were a big deal for me, because it was the first product I designed that was reproduced.  Well, they’re ba-ack! We changed … Read More