documenting the ordinary

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Watercolors42 Comments

So, I’m basically a stalker now. I’ve shared about Michelle Wooderson’s watercolor class (on Jeanne Oliver’s Creative Network) and how inspirational I find her Instagram feed.  She’s one of my “click-overs”. ** In addition to inciting art supply envy (in the best possible way), she has been sharing a watercolor journal project.  It’s a 1920’s diary she is working through – … Read More

the by-product of a beautiful environment

Marian ParsonsMustard Seed Studio, Watercolors22 Comments

I took an online landscape watercolor journaling class a couple of months ago through the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network.  The class was taught by Michelle Wooderson and I was not only inspired by the techniques and studies, but how Michelle paid so much attention to the details of all of her supplies.  Every element was thoughtful and personal.  I mean, now I … Read More

sketching

Marian ParsonsWatercolors31 Comments

I know that many of you come to my blog for furniture makeovers, tutorials, antique finds, and home decorating inspiration, but I couldn’t take a piece of furniture or my sewing machine with me on the plane to China!  What I could take, though, was my sketch book. I was painting a portrait a couple of weeks before I went … Read More

I’ve created a monster

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Uncategorized, Watercolors41 Comments

My boys were really little when I started my business, both in diapers, in fact.  As a stay-at-home mom and new entrepreneur, one of the things I enjoyed most was getting out of the house and going to Hobby Lobby.  I would just meander, usually pushing one cart and pulling another (one kid in each cart or two kids in … Read More

barn quilt coloring book & art journaling

Marian ParsonsMustard Seed Studio, Uncategorized, Watercolors, Writing a Book26 Comments

I have been working on several projects over the past few months and one of them has finally hit the market!  The Barn Quilt Coloring Book is now available. This project was something totally different for me.  First of all, it involved drawing instead of writing!  But it felt like a project that worked nicely with my brand, despite the … Read More

the discipline of art

Marian ParsonsMustard Seed Studio, Watercolors30 Comments

As someone with a degree in Musical Theatre, you would think I’ve known for a long time that art is a discipline.  I really never thought about that as I was signing into the studio for an hour of vocal scales or filling notebooks with the “inner monologue” of the latest part I was playing.  At the time, I just … Read More

the counter, portraits, and color wheels

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Watercolors23 Comments

Thanks so much for all of the feedback on my craigslist counter.  I know when I ask about painting or not painting a piece, I will always get a lot of comments and opinions!  I usually have a clear idea of what I’m going to do with a piece, but I just knew I loved this one and I would … Read More