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The latest addition to my house

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The latest addition to my house

I've been procrastinating on this post for...oh, about 4 months now! My excuse was that I wanted to figure out how to get a nice photo of the addition in the title. Well that still hasn't happened, so come with me on this journey of "done is better than perfect" in action! In August I attended a networking event at an auction house that was showcasing all female artists. It was great to see the art in person, partially because I have no sense of scale when I see measurements online. They provided fun goodie bags, tasty snacks, and the...

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Holiday Gift Guide: 2022 Edition

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Holiday Gift Guide: 2022 Edition

Now that I've been painting a few more years since I published my original holiday gift guide, I have new additions to suggest as gifts for the watercolor artist in your life this year!  As always, these are not sponsored suggestions. They're supplies or tools I use and love in my own watercolor practice. I'll provide links to websites where you can purchase them, but I highly encourage you to shop your local brick and mortar businesses this year if you can! Cheap Joe's Watercolor Paper Sample Packs Watercolor paper is hugely personal. Each artist has different styles or brands...

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Happy Accidents

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Happy Accidents

I'm continuously surprised by how much I enjoy watercolor. It has a mind of its own, and I'm a total control freak in the rest of my life! I like to think that painting in my studio is the one place I feel totally free to make all the mistakes, and really, truly let go.A few weeks ago I got an extreme reminder that I am not in control--I dropped a big ole drop of water in the bottom left corner of this painting, right about the time I thought I was done. Cue major internal screaming and panic!! Mistakes...

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Spreading happiness & positivity

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Spreading happiness & positivity

I have a love/hate relationship with outdoor art events. I love that they're my best sales, and I love seeing how people react to my art. But I hate that they're so hot in KC in the summer, and that the weather is so temperamental and sometimes ruins the events. My coach challenged me to come up with a way to make them fun this year. Together we came up with the idea to give out free stickers. I decided to create stickers for kids & adults, in order to spread happiness & positivity. The kid friendly stickers are colorful circles...

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The Life Changing Magic of Unexpected Detours

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The Life Changing Magic of Unexpected Detours

Last month my husband and I spent 10 days in Florida. It was our first big vacation in about two years, and it was greatly needed. It had a rocky start & end (airline travel is THE WORST) but overall was an amazing experience.Visiting the Florida Keys has been on my wish list for a while. And while on our final drive back towards Miami, my husband humored my impromptu and last minute requests to stop in a couple local art galleries. When we travel we make a point to focus on local--local bars, restaurants, and souvenirs--so local art galleries...

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