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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 …

Exploring colorful horse art

When I was a young girl, I was obsessed with horses, and not just My Little Ponies, but that was a big part of it! My room was decorated with horses and unicorns and I was constantly making horse art. I’m sure it started with coloring books, then there was the barnyard scene I won …

backpacking south colony lakes at the 2WD trailhead

Backpacking at South Colony Lakes Colorado

This post contains one or more affiliate links, which means I could make a commission if you purchase a product through my link. The price isn’t any different than if you shopped directly, and I don’t link to any product I don’t recommend! If you catch me daydreaming, I’m either contemplating my next artwork or …

Portrait painting of daughter with camera

3 things I’ve learned from portrait painting

When I started experimenting with dog paintings a year ago, I never really thought about doing human portrait paintings. Dog portraits seem so low pressure, and it was just playing around mostly. But then I painted my daughter, as a gift for her, and it wasn’t long before my friend asked me to paint her …

Layla fingerpainting

A day in the life: questions from a 4-year-old

Layla’s been home with me while I worked for a solid 6 months this year due to the pandemic. I’m sure I will look back on this time fondly, but to be honest, it’s been exhausting! While she’s generally a bubbly, funny, sweet little girl, her curiosity and questions have narrowed my vocabulary basically to …

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