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Nothing Can Compare

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Nothing Can Compare

We had a brief spate of super cold weather, and even our first snow, last month. But now we're back to lovely, perfect fall weather: warm, sunny days with chilly nights. It's absolutely gorgeous living in an area where the leaves change colors. It's heart-achingly beautiful to walk or drive around and see the amazing variety nature creates all on its own every year.Beautiful bright trees in front of a a perfect cerulean sky, or even cloudy days where the subdued light seems to make the trees on my street glow from within. The fallen leaves with their wonderful range...

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"Pure Enjoyment" Art Show

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"Pure Enjoyment" Art Show

I submitted and had 3 pieces selected for the Pure Enjoyment Art Show 2020 hosted by Brewer Science! The event is totally virtual this year, so you can view the entire show on their website now through the end of October. There's an interactive virtual gallery at the bottom of the page, so to jump straight to my works, click in the top right corner on the layout map, then move the view to see the north wall. You can click on them for more information, such as if they were created by palette knife, and they're also for sale through...

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Color Bias - An Eye Opening Lesson

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Color Bias - An Eye Opening Lesson

Do you struggle with muddy watercolors? Do you want to get brighter mixes? Understanding color bias was a major step towards solving these issues for me. As a self taught watercolor artist, I spend a ton of time on blogs and YouTube. There is so! Much! Info! on any topic you can imagine on the internet. I spent a ton of time researching watercolor supplies after the free class I took at the library. I'm such a nerd--and I secretly hoped if I researched enough and bought the exactly right supplies I would have an edge over every other beginner. Silly right?...

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Gallery Space at KCDC

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Gallery Space at KCDC

I'm renting gallery space with Kansas City Design Collective, located in the Kansas City Crossroads!  I'm displaying & selling handmade, original watercolor cards and paintings, and a few sets of card prints. All of the art at KCDC is exclusive--I don't have these works listed anywhere else at the moment. Stop by the gallery to check it out, participate in one of the events, or purchase one of the works via the KCDC website!

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Alla Prima Painting

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Alla Prima Painting

"Alla prima" is a term I just discovered last week. It means "at first attempt" or "all in one go" and I just love this idea! It describes my favorite way to paint and it makes it sound so much more legitimate. "Hello, I'm Jen Roberts and I paint alla prima."  It just sounds fancy that way! Wikipedia also tells me the French version of this is "au premier coup" which I like quite a bit too (possibly due to my years spent studying French in college!). Painting alla prima just fits my impatient nature. I don't want to fiddle...

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