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How to Get Better at Painting: 14 Practical Tips

When it comes to learning a new skill, most of us have the same goal in mind – to improve over time. Whether you’re learning a new language, playing an instrument, or painting, seeing yourself get better at something gives you confidence, and the satisfaction of having a finished product is rather rewarding. But if …

colorful acrylic paints on palette

How to start painting with acrylics

The first rule of painting is there are no rules. I suppose there is a little chemistry and physics to deal with, but once you have a basic understanding of those, you can start painting with acrylics and exploring your own personal painting style. Painting with acrylics for beginners is a great way to start …

Me in front of my recent colorful abstract painting

An intentional 2021

This past year was a wild one, everyone knows that. It wasn’t exactly the worst or hardest year I’ve ever experienced – our family has been through much tougher stuff. However this was unique in that it was a difficult, strange, and overwhelming year for EVERYONE to different degrees. The collective anxiety and tension over …

Our romantic getaway in Eureka Springs Arkansas

Just before Christmas in 2019, my husband surprised me with a weekend getaway to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I had been before on a girls’ trip years ago and he’d been even longer ago than me, but we hadn’t yet visited together. I’d been swamped with Christmas art commissions, so it was a great opportunity for …

pet painting tips: pug mockup images

Top 4 Pet Portrait Painting Tips

I’m rounding out my second Christmas as a pet portrait artist and realized with over 50 portraits now under my belt, it’s time to pull together my best pet portrait painting tips. While I love the creative process and trying new things, when it’s someone’s beloved pet you are painting, it’s much better to work …

Me on Quandary Peak summit

Quandary Peak Hike: My First 14er

There are pivotal firsts in everyone’s life – many that we share, like a first home, first child, first funeral. And then there are the firsts that are less common, and maybe even unexpected, like my first 14er (14,000+ foot mountain) in September of 2017. I had no idea what I was getting into when …

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