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On my Desk: Watercolor Design Progress and Good Reads

On my Desk: Watercolor Design Progress and Good Reads

On my Desk: Watercolor Florals

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I have finished the watercolor and ink floral designs I was working on (read previous post here). I was a little nervous adding ink after finishing the watercolor painting, but I really think the ink adds a unique look to the designs and gives them the little bit of whimsy that I was going for. I had the images scanned this past weekend and will begin to format them for card printing. I am really excited to see these designs made into a card collection! I am still brainstorming some different words/phrases that may be good to put on the cards, so share any ideas you may have!:)floral design7
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On another note, because I always enjoy seeing what other people are reading, I thought I would share a few books that are currently in my reading pile.

I cannot wait to begin reading this book… starting today!:)

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This book has also been a recent favorite… been taking time to practice this week.

portrait practiceI hope you are having a wonderful week!

Starting with a sketch

Starting with a sketch

A little glimpse for you today from a painting I have been working on this week.

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a lot of background work so far: vintage wallpaper, old book binding material, acrylic paint, stamps, bubble wrap are a few materials that make up the background for this piece.

When I have a specific idea, I like to sketch it out first. I am excited to see the beginning pencil sketch develop.

DSC_0701This painting is on my “to work on this week” list, so I will keep you posted on the progress.

I hope you are having a wonderful week and enjoying the beautiful sunshine!:)

Work In Progress

Work In Progress

Good Morning!:)

Although we are still in the process of getting my art studio setup in our new house, I have had some time to pull out some paints and create since our move.

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I absolutely love old architecture and vintage pieces. We have purchased a few old ceiling tiles for decor around our home, and often take opportunities to stop by antique stores to see what we can find. What I enjoy most about old architecture and vintage pieces is the story they tell. It’s fun to imagine all the possibilities of where pieces come from, how they were used, who enjoyed them.

For this painting, I wanted  to create a vintage feel, incorporating architecture and a vintage bicycle. It is still very much in process, but I am excited about doing something a little different and am excited about the story that will unfold as I continue creating!

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Have a wonderful day!

Our New Home::Getting Settled

Our New Home::Getting Settled

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We are moved into our new home! We had SO much help and are so thankful for family and friends who came to help and seriously made our move so so smooth!

We are slowly unpacking and getting organized. One day at a time is what we keep reminding ourselves, as we find ourselves wishing everything was done and the house set up how we want by tomorrow. hehe! not realistic, I know!

We were able to get two rooms painted before we moved in and will be working on a few more rooms in the upcoming weeks! We had a lot of fun picking colors for the rooms, especially after living in apartments where every room has been the same off-white color. We did paint the trim in two of the rooms, which was a tough decision as the original woodwork is beautiful. We decided to only do it in two rooms and leave the rest for now.:)

My pre moving project was to make roman shades. I was very intimidated at the thought, but followed this diy tutorial and they really turned out well! It has definitely been a time consuming project, but definitely worth it considering how expensive roman shades can be (you can see the shades in the photo below).

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What I am slightly giddy over is that we started planting our veggie and herb gardens!! eek!! I am soooo excited you guys!:) The previous owners left 8 raised beds and it is so exciting to be able to fill them. Last year was our first year with a little garden at our apartment… we learned that gardens go much better if they are organized, so this year we are keeping the garden very organized. We have filled three so far and plan to get some seeds and plants in the others asap.

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loving our hens!:)

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Can’t wait to share more with you as we continue settling in to our new home.

Little Lamb Painting

Little Lamb Painting

We are gearing up for our move and I think we are in pretty good shape!:)

Although I haven’t been able to spend a ton of time creating, I managed to do a little watercolor painting the last few weeks and thought I would share it with you.

We were recently on a walk with some friends and stopped by a barn to see the animals. The owner was there and very eagerly invited us inside the barn to see all the baby lambs they had. There is something just so precious about lambs. When we left, I knew I wanted to paint a lamb, and so in some of the spare moments I have had over the last few weeks, I have been working on this little lamb.

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I am not sure this lamb in finished, but for now I will set it aside and revisit when my studio is back together.

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I really enjoyed painting this lamb and perhaps will venture into some more animal painting… we will see!:)

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

She Found Freedom to Dance

She Found Freedom to Dance

Free to Dance Collage

I wanted to share with you my most recent mixed media painting that is now complete. This painting probably underwent the most transformation of any of my paintings, but I am really happy with how it turned out. You can see previous photos of the painting documented through the process here.

I really enjoyed the process of this piece as I was challenged to use a color palette different than what I am naturally drawn to. It was kind of scary to take the risk of covering so much of the piece in dark, but I am really glad I did, and I think it adds so much to the completed piece.

This piece is titled: She Found Freedom to dance 

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This painting will be available for purchase in the near future. I will be sure to keep you updated on when it is available in my Etsy Shop. For now, I hope you enjoyed taking a look at the completed painting and my process throughout!

Have a wonderful day!

A little bit of lately

A little bit of lately

Just a few photos from recent moments in my everyday…

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 succulent watercolor in progress 

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 I am Malala. Reading this for a book club I am part of. Such an incredible story with many provoking words to ponder. If you are looking for something to read next, I highly recommend this one.

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staying hopeful that spring is right around the corner:) 

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onto my next sewing adventure :)

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 Amazing, right? I will do a full post on this soon, but had to share a peek at our new farmhouse style table (still needs paint on the bottom), built by my husband! It’s just perfect!

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In shop news:

I have re-stocked my “Sunflowers” and “Poppies” prints in my Etsy Shop

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Have a wonderful day!:)

New in the Shop

New in the Shop

New prints are now available in my shop. I am so Inspired by vintage botanical prints and loved looking through so many from the 1800s to create some of my own watercolor botanicals to complete this series. I hope you like botanicals as much as I do!

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check out details of each print here:

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still to come… a new original mixed media painting, prints, and note cards

Have a wonderful day!

On My Desk: Aquabord

On My Desk: Aquabord

Aquabord. I was first introduced to this medium about a year ago by watercolor artist, Christen Yates at a local art festival in Grove City, PA. This was long before I began delving into watercolors myself, so I kind of put it in the back of my mind for a long time. Since I have really loved watercolor painting as I have done more of it, I knew I wanted to try using aquabord. So, last week I ordered some aquabord and painted with it for the first time. so much fun!

What I love about aquabord is that its a hardboard panel perfect for mounting onto various surfaces (I would love to create some barn wood cradles to mount these on) and it is also much more forgiving than watercolor paper. The surface allows for more flexibility with moving paint around, lifting it out, all the while maintaining the soft look of watercolors.

I thought I would bring some spring cheer with a birds nest and bright blue egg painting… here’s to hoping spring is right around the corner:)

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On another note: I have a new mixed media original, several new prints, and note cards ready to be put in my Etsy Shop! Hoping to start getting some of those up this week!:) Can’t wait to share with you!

Have a wonderful day!

Painting & Taking Risks

Painting & Taking Risks

When a painting takes a major turn it can be unnerving at times… will the changes be positive ones? Will I regret having made such a drastic change? many questions that can run through my head when I am considering changing a piece. It’s always a bit of a risk, and for the most part specifically with mixed media, I can usually take away what I have added, so a change isn’t necessarily permanent. However, recently, I took a risk with a painting that I knew would not be reversible. To refresh your memory, here are the original progress photos of my painting that I shared with you in a previous post:

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Ok, are you ready to see the major changes?

Here is the next series of progress photos. It won’t take your eye long to see the drastic change that took place

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Pretty drastic huh? This was a pretty big stretch for me.. to just do it – to take the risk and work with the outcome. This piece is really different for me to because the color palette is so much darker than I usually paint with.

I think I like where it is headed :) It has been a little bit of an up an down process… but I have said it before and am reminded over and over again that the process of painting is so much a reflection of life. Sometimes we have to take a risk, not knowing the outcome, but trusting the process… and its in the process that there is so much value and richness to be seen. I want to be someone who embraces the process, one foot in front of the other, with my focus on today, not on the outcome or destination, but to live fully today!

I am thankful for work that reminds me how important the process is, even when I am stubborn and would rather just have answers :)

This piece is still in progress and I have a few ideas of what I would like to do next!

Hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my process!

I would love to hear your thoughts!:)