I’m Amanda, and I’m so happy you stopped by! Welcome to my little art gallery on the web.
I’m a southern girl from Alabama with a definite southern accent, now living in Florida with my family. In addition to the art that I create from my own home studio and the online shop that I manage, I’ve been happily married for nearly 20 years to my supportive husband, Mr. Bluebird. He works as a minister in our local congregation. Together, we are parenting two teenagers, a girl, 16, and boy, 14 whom we are homeschooling.
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I have a love for beautiful things whether it’s spring peonies or summertime ocean waves. Having grown up in a farming community and having a roadside view of animal pastures, I learned to see symmetry and beauty in unexpected ways. In fact, I see beauty all around me. Even though I’m terribly afraid of both chickens and cows, I’m inspired by the simple, stunning, artistry of animals. My colorful and whimsical creations are reflections of my view of the work of the greatest Artist, God.
I am a mixed media artist. Meaning, I use a variety of mediums on a canvas to bring an unusual twist of texture to my pieces. I most often paint with acrylic using a palette knife, but, I might also add bits of clippings, paper doilies, or other baubles to bring an unexpected pattern or structure to the surface of the canvas. I’m also available to create custom one-of-a-kind special orders, so if you have something in mind, just ask.
I’m often motivated by other creative artists such as Georgia O’Keefe’s flowers, Eric Carle’s collages, and Van Gogh’s impressionistic works are my favorite. While painting flowers are my best loved artistic expression, I also find painting water scenes, of oceans, lakes, ponds, etc., to be very satisfying.
Often, joining me in my studio are my two cats, Gimli and Preston. They both like to hang out in my studio because there are 2 large windows that they like. They can see out into the yard, watching the birds or enjoying the sun. Sometimes, they get attracted by the rhythmic motion of my hand as I paint and before I know it, their paws get mixed up in the paint.
When I’m not painting, you might find me with a cup of coffee or herbal tea outdoors on the porch with a cat curled up in my lap. I love watching the flowers pop up in the yard, especially since we are in a new home and not sure what’s going to grow in our unexpected garden. Azalea bushes abound along the side of our lawn, and I’m hoping to develop my gardening skills a bit by planting some peonies and roses.
I also love making our home a cozy and happy place for my family to live. I believe that homemaking is an art and can be a lot of fun. The cottage style speaks to my heart the most and while I don’t like clutter, I do like to establish a cozy room filled with softness, creativity, and warmth. I am passionate about the reality that your environment can play a big part in your overall mental health, productivity, and even be inspirational in creativity.
I hope that you’ll discover lovely things here in my gallery that can help you to create a cozy environment in your own home.
Grab a cup of coffee and take a look at my artist portfolio to get an idea of how I paint. I invite you to peruse my shop. I have a variety of original pieces of custom art, or high-quality art prints or even pillow covers, and occasionally other creative forms of art, all made from original pieces that I’ve painted over the years.
If you’d like to get to know me, even more, you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram for daily peeks into what I’m painting in the studio as well as other inspirational offerings and ideas throughout the day. You can also subscribe to my newsletter which allows you, exclusive subscriber-only printables of original art. Or, join me in my Facebook Marketplace group for exclusive discounts or to get the first look of new pieces or offers throughout the year.
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