The unfinished side of me

My husband likes to remind me that when I first decided to blog he had to talk me down from doing my planned 365 creative project (an art project, everyday, and then blog about it . . . for a year). At first I was offended, “What, you don’t think I can do that?!” and […]

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Mothers of Angels

The months October through December are a busy time for me as far as portrait work goes. I’m usually working on multiple portraits at once as well as the common hustle and bustle during this time. I was busy drawing portraits of babies, children, and dogs when an email stopped me in my tracks. In […]

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Stop! Collaborate and Listen

“Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up.” ~ Pablo Picaso One of my favorite memories as a child is coloring. My mom entered me into countless coloring contests. I once won a Nintendo (with Duck Hunt) and a $500 shopping spree through different coloring contests. […]

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All Dogs Go To Heaven

I’m not sure of the exact numbers, but a large percentage of the portraits I do are of family pets. You might think they are easier to draw, but in a lot of cases they are not. Human faces for the most part are symmetrical. For example, if you would draw a line from the […]

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The Dogwood

I have been on hiatus for a couple weeks. I wish I could say that I’ve been busy painting, drawing and making all my wildest dreams come true, but alas that was not the case. I was in a major creative slump.  I’ve had a project in mind that I’ve wanted to get started on, […]

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Hello 2019!

I took a couple weeks off and really enjoyed the Christmas season, my birthday and the New Year. I’ve been working on a couple new things here and there, but mostly helping a friend with some projects and finishing up another portrait. Next week I’m collaborating with another “up and coming” artist and I can’t […]

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Be a Maker

Lately I have been making things like crazy. Making gifts, making gift wrap look good (one of my favorite things), making cookies, making some big decisions, and making memories. Our Christmas celebrations have already started. We’ve already had Christmas #1 with my parents (I made the sign above for mom who said all she wanted […]

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West Virginia Girl

Last week I stated that I’m not just a portrait artist. This week I tried my hand at watercolor. I have not painted much with watercolor, my first foray was a wedding map I did for family (picture below).  I’m not that familiar with this medium.  But like most things I don’t know how to […]

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Not Just a Portrait Artist

I want to be more than just a portrait artist. This feeling especially hits me this time of year. I’ve finished 7 portraits and have 3 more to go before Christmas.  I get burnt out on drawing them, I couldn’t keep this kind of pace up year round.  That itch to do more and find […]

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The Artist Gene

I am elbow deep in portraits right now and I love it. I’ve had a record number of portrait requests this season and I couldn’t be more grateful. It is also a ton of work to get done in a short amount of time. So this week instead of creating something additional to my portrait […]

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Santa Graffiti

My husband and I have moved to four different cities during our 13 years together. It wasn’t until we started a family that where we lived felt like home. We’ve been in the same place for six years now. We have a life here, friends, favorite hiking paths, Taco Tuesday, a church. I see people […]

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A Lot Like Life…..

Not everything I try comes out perfect the first time. When I have an idea in mind and try and execute that idea it either 1) Comes out exactly how I had planned, 2) comes out better than I had planned or 3) creates frustration and multiple attempts at correction and in the end I […]

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