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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Silhouettes Galore

Long before Cricut and Silhouette machines became popular, hand-cut silhouettes were a thing. Still hanging somewhere in my childhood home are 3 hand-cut profile silhouettes of my brothers and I as babies. I’ve always liked the silhouette, simple and understated. This week I got creative with the silhouette trying to bring it up to modern […]

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