sketching

Marian ParsonsWatercolors30 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 Book25 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

box easel & studio happenings

Marian ParsonsMustard Seed Studio, Running a Business, Watercolors

I hope you had a great weekend!  We had beautiful warm and sunny weather that was beckoning us to a family hike, but we really needed rest and had some chores that needed to be done, so we threw open the windows, pressed through our work, and then just chilled.  It’s amazing how much energy a dose of sunshine and … Read More

the counter, portraits, and color wheels

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Watercolors

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

portrait sketches on the iPad

Marian ParsonsWatercolors

I shared last week that I signed up for the Radiant Watercolor Portraits class offered through Jeanne Oliver’s Creative Network.  I signed up for it because I found the watercolor examples by the instructor appealing and I would like more instruction on watercolor, but I also signed up because the idea of drawing people scares the snot out of me. … Read More

loosen up

Marian ParsonsWatercolors

I haven’t had much of a chance to paint recently and I found I was really missing it, so last week, I set aside some time to put brush to paper.  I picked blueberries as my subject and started. I got to an “almost finished” place and realized I just hated it!  It was too stiff, structured, and boring.  It … Read More