New Landscape Paintings

    I’ve been working on a series of landscapes and they are now available in my shop! I find so much peace while painting landscapes. I especially love coastal paintings…which is a good thing because I live in Florida … Read More

What Kind Of Paint?

Have you ever tried painting with a palette knife and got frustrated? Have you ever wondered how artists get that textured, layered look that shows brush strokes and knife marks? I get a lot of questions from beginning artists about … Read More

A Free Shabby Chic Pumpkin Tutorial for You

Throughout the year, I offer free, exclusive, painting courses to subscribers of The Little Bluebird Gallery. This Shabby Chic Pumpkin is fun to paint. And it’s a perfect complement to brighten up any home decor for the coming autumn and … Read More

New Original Art

I’ve been on a little “staycation” at home for a couple of weeks. I took some time off from creating classes and workshops and focused on my own creativity. These mixed media girls are a product of my break. I … Read More

Tiny Landscape Tutorial

This is a tutorial for creating tiny landscapes. It is perfect if you are looking to create an art journal page or just want to learn some new techniques. I will show you how easy it can be and with … Read More

Paint….Does It REALLY Matter?

The rich brown backgrounds in my most recent paintings may have you wondering what paint I use. Painting is one of the few things that I know a lot about and can talk about for days- so let’s! Does it … Read More

Painting Rose Buds and Stems

I’ve been painting a lot of roses recently and am beginning to see some patterns. For instance, not every petal has to be perfect for the viewer to think that it is. As long as you have an accurate stem … Read More

Are You Waiting On Perfection?

I’ve been painting irises and thinking about how I don’t know everything that there is to know about painting. Let’s chat about waiting until you know it all or waiting until something is perfect to share it.   JOIN MY … Read More

Hobby or Business: You get to decide!

When I began painting I did not go into it with a business in mind. I started with a hobby that is now a multifaceted business. If you are thinking about selling your art and creating a business, you may … Read More

Updating Older Paintings

I’ve been working on doing some fun and exciting work updating older paintings that I was not 100% happy with. Updating older paintings is something I do all the time. It is something that I’ve always done. In the beginning … Read More

Sometimes I Just Need To Paint

Balancing the tasks of running an online business, teaching online art classes, and finding time for my own creative growth can be tricky. I recently told one of my artists friends that sometimes I just need to paint! I love … Read More

Product Review: Mollie Ollie Mimmo Caddy

Mollie Ollie Mimmo Caddy     This post is a review of the Mollie Ollie Mimmo Caddy! This great company sent me their awesome organizer in return for my honest review. So let’s take a look at the organizer caddy. … Read More

Palette Knife Painting Flowers

Palette Knife Painting   I love palette knife painting and especially love painting flowers. Hydrangeas are the most fun and probably one of the best choices for beginners. In the video here, I am creating with a knife, but I … Read More

Painting Small Studies

  Finding time to paint can be hard. We all have busy lives, but if you want to improve your art and create more original paintings full of unique and beautiful ideas from your own mind….painting small studies is a … Read More

Painting Snowy Trees With A Palette Knife

  I enjoyed some much needed studio time and painted a commission for snowy trees with lights. I painted with a palette knife for most of the process, but also used brushes. You can watch and follow along in my … Read More

Five Free Fall Painting Tutorials

Fall Painting Tutorials Want to paint something with a fall theme but need some ideas? I have five free fall painting tutorials for you! These tutorials will help you with getting started with a palette knife, painting buffalo check plaid, … Read More

Painting Hydrangeas With Acrylics

This was first recorded as a live Facebook video. Watch me as I paint hydrangeas in acrylics on an 18×24 canvas.   After the video, I added a basket container to the painting.  It’s number 27 of 100 paintings that … Read More

Painting Florals With A Palette Knife

I am still going! I’ve been working on paintings for my #100paintingsforme project and I created this one live on my Facebook page. You can watch the process of me painting florals with a palette knife using a limited color … Read More

3/100: Painting An Impressionistic Floral

This one is number 3 of 100! You can watch me in real time as I paint this impressionistic floral. You can see the other paintings in this project here: #100paintingsforme It all happened over on my Facebook page and … Read More

1/100 Paintings For Me Project

1/100 I’ve been painting and sharing online for almost a decade now. Somewhere along the way it seems that I have lost my way, and have really become hyper focused on the business side of things. I know myself well … Read More

Painting With Acrylics On Galvanized Metal

I love painting with acrylics because there is so much that you can do with them! In this video, I am painting with acrylics on galvanized metal. These metal stands are leftovers from my craft stash from last year. I … Read More

Permission To Paint; Loose Acrylic Florals

Sometimes I get overwhelmed and burned out. When I do, something inside my creative mind has to be allowed space to just paint without an agenda. No pressure to create to sell. No stress to create something that would be … Read More

A Look Inside My Creative Community

  Have you ever wondered what’s inside my Creative Community? It’s so much more than it used to be. When we started this group back in 2017 it was very much like what my Palette Knife Painting For Beginners group … Read More

Painting With A Palette Knife: White Flowers

Painting with A Palette Knife   Painting with a palette knife is my very favorite way to paint. It allows me to be loose and create sharp, bold lines of color while also creating texture on the canvas. Watch as … Read More

6 Things That Help Me Work From Home

Sometimes I get questions about how I do everything that I do with my online business and take care of our home and family.  Spoiler alert! I don’t always do everything well, but I have very recently found a few … Read More

The Podcast Is Here!

  I’m so excited about this! This idea has been in my head for about a year now, and it’s finally coming to life. I’ve hesitated for many reasons. I’m normally a better listener than talker, but I believe that … Read More

Palette Knife Flower Painting Time Lapse Video

This palette knife flower painting time lapse video is a tutorial that you can learn from in real time here:  Get the supply list, real time video lesson, and color palette and learn to paint with me! Get even … Read More

Burnout Is A Real Thing

  Burnout…is a real thing, and I’m in the midst of it.   I’ve been pushing myself too hard for too long. Years of non-stop creating, launching, selling, painting, teaching, going, going, going….and my mind, my body, and my creativity … Read More

Abstract Watercolor Rose Video

Abstract Watercolor Rose Video Watch me play with watercolors and paint an abstract watercolor rose on paper. Watercolor is not the medium that I use most often, but I do like to play with different things sometimes for fun.   … Read More

The Mixed Media Collection

Shop a collection of original mixed media paintings! These paintings are all created with a large variety of supplies that vary from vintage graphics to burlap. Each one is unique and original and many of them also include an inspirational … Read More

My First Artist Vlog

So…I did a thing today. I created my first vlog on my YouTube channel. It was a challenge, as all new things tend to be, but I enjoyed it! It actually took me 2 days to do it, but now … Read More

Deep Southern Roots Collection

“There’s no place like home.” Dirt roads, mossy trees, barns and bird dogs…my Deep Southern Roots Collection is all about the deep south, the place I call home.  See them all here….  

Abstract Play

I’ve been playing with the idea of painting a collection of abstract florals and landscapes. This big 36 x 36 canvas was a playground for me recently. Abstract work is NOT easy. I have to admit that in the past … Read More

Day Ten of Painting Every Day…#bluebirdartchallenge

  View this post on Instagram   Working on some new pieces in a collection I’m calling Deep Southern Roots. #southernart #bluebirdartchallenge A post shared by AMANDA HILBURN (@thelittlebluebirdgallery) on Oct 16, 2019 at 10:03am PDT

Farmhouse Christmas Painting Workshop

Join me for a fun farmhouse Christmas painting workshop! We will paint 4 different farmhouse themed paintings! A Wreath On Barnwood A Little Tree In a Bucket A Snowman A Christmas Cow   Our subjects will be variations of these … Read More

Day Six of Painting Every Day…#bluebirdartchallenge

  View this post on Instagram   Day 6 challenge done! Played with watercolor and acrylics in this one. #bluebirdartchallenge A post shared by AMANDA HILBURN (@thelittlebluebirdgallery) on Oct 7, 2019 at 5:42pm PDT

Day Five of Painting Every Day…#bluebirdartchallenge

  View this post on Instagram   Day 5 challenge done! I painted this one live on my facebook page 👩🏼‍🎨 These abstracts are so fun ❤️🎨 #bluebirdartchallenge A post shared by AMANDA HILBURN (@thelittlebluebirdgallery) on Oct 6, 2019 at … Read More

The Bloom Collection

The Bloom Collection is here!   Y’all!! There are new original paintings in the shop, and I’m so excited to share them with you! These girls and flowers are all connected. They represent joy, individuality, unique beauty, and self care. … Read More

Celebrating Two Years Of Happy Artists

Three years ago, I began thinking about having my own painting group on the internet. I started digging, learning, thinking a LOT, and for about a year I was in creative learning mode. Then in September of 2017 I did … Read More

Self Care for Introverted Artists in Business

  Self Care For Introverted Artists In Business Setting boundaries is so important as a creative business owner, but it’s especially important if you are an introverted artist in business! You pour yourself into every area of your work…creativity, customer … Read More

How To Organize Your Art Supplies

Staying neat and organized in your creative space will help you be more productive. I get pretty messy as I work, but I don’t work well in a messy space….that’s kind of a problem! LOL!! The best way I have … Read More

Varnishing Mixed Media Art

Varnishing Mixed Media Art Varnishing mixed media art can be tricky. There are no limits to mediums when you are creating mixed media art, but there are limits when you begin looking for ways to seal it. When I create … Read More

Varnishing Acrylic Paintings

Varnishing Acrylic Paintings (This post contains affiliate links.) There are many reasons why I varnish my acrylic paintings. Here are just a few. It gives the whole painting a unified finish. If you are working with different brands of paint … Read More

Color Combos That I Love

  Color Combos That I Love Using colors that compliment each other is really important. You can look at a color wheel to help you make good color decisions, but keep in mind that you can also play with colors … Read More

Cool and Warm Colors

  Cool and Warm Colors Knowing a little bit about color temperature will help you achieve more depth with your paintings. Some colors are considered cool and some are warm. Cool and warm colors can play off of each other … Read More

Why I Love Mixed Media Art

Why I Love Mixed Media Art When I began exploring mixed media art, I knew I had found something that was going to change my way of creating art! I do not remember where I first saw a painting that … Read More

Freedom To Create…and A New Tutorial

I’m so thankful that I live in a country where I have the freedoms that I enjoy. Freedom to worship Freedom to own my own business Freedom to homeschool our children Freedom to have a happy home atmosphere Freedom to … Read More

This Is So Much More Than Painting

When I began painting and selling my work online, I found something exciting and rewarding. I love to create!! It’s something that I have to do whether I sell any of it or not! It’s part of who I am. … Read More

Framing Canvas Art

  Framing Canvas Art There is nothing that can really finish a painting like a frame. I’ve been so surprised by how some of my smaller canvas art has been transformed by simply adding a frame! It bulks up the … Read More

An Inspiring Community!

An Inspiring Community   “Those jellyfish you recently painted were so beautiful! Where did you get the idea to paint jellyfish?” Someone recently asked me this question. I thanked them for the compliment and without skipping a beat began telling … Read More

Save Your White Paint

  Save Your White Paint Have you ever tried to create depth in your paintings but have a hard time knowing when to use what colors to do that? I’ve found that a light, medium, and dark hue can do … Read More

From The Creative Community: Artist Sharon Coleman

There are so many amazing artists in my Creative Community. In the last several weeks  I’ve been interviewing and featuring some of them here on the blog.   This week’s featured artist is Sharon Coleman. This is our interview, some of … Read More

Why I Like Thick Paint

Thick Paint There are so many options out there when you begin looking for paint. Acrylics are my favorites for many reasons! I love the variety of mediums that can be mixed with them, and I love that you can … Read More

From The Creative Community: Artist Pam Wilder

There are so many amazing artists in my Creative Community. I have been interviewing and featuring some of them here on the blog lately! This week’s featured artist is Pam Wilder. This is our interview, some of her beautiful paintings, and … Read More

Odd Is Best…Usually

Have you ever heard this quote before? “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” It’s attributed to artist, Pablo Picasso whose artwork was very unique, abstract, and playful. I love being messy and … Read More

From the Creative Community: Artist Sali Parker

There are so many amazing artists in my Creative Community. I have been interviewing and featuring some of them here on the blog lately!   This week’s featured artist is Sali Parker. This is our interview, some of her beautiful paintings, … Read More

From The Creative Community: Artist Donna Reed

There are so many amazing artists in my Creative Community. In the following weeks I’ll be interviewing and featuring some of them here on the blog.   This week’s featured artist is Donna Reed. This is our interview, some of her … Read More

How To Package And Ship Small Paintings

How To Package And Ship Small Paintings Most of the packages that I ship myself are smaller pieces. Things like prints and small canvases can easily be packaged and shipped from your home! I have also found a great way … Read More

From The Creative Community: Artist Jennifer Cupp

There are so many amazing artists in my Creative Community. In the following weeks I’ll be interviewing and featuring some of them here on the blog.   Today’s featured artist is Jennifer Cupp. Here’s our interview, some of her beautiful … Read More

Make Time For Art And You Won’t Regret It

Make Time For Art One of the most common concerns that I hear from customers who are thinking about joining my online painting group is that they don’t know if they have enough time to paint. My reply is…make time … Read More

How To Feed Your Creativity

Do you ever find yourself looking at a blank canvas with a blank mind? It is possible to overwork yourself as an artist and deplete your creativity. Like the old saying goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup!”. So … Read More

Paint Your Story

Paint all the things that you love in your own hand made journal. It’s a painted diary about you. Let’s paint your story. Y’all! I have a new and very different offering ready for you to experience! I’m so excited … Read More

5 Day Creative Challenge

We are having a fun week of daily prompts over in my free Facebook group! I’m hosting a 5 day creative challenge! Whoo hoo! Are you in my free group? If not, here’s the link to join: Friends of the … Read More

New Studio Sessions Are Here!

Yay! There are three new tutorials ready for you in my Studio Sessions painting lessons! A flying pig, a blue crab, and a sweet llama are all waiting on you to create them!

New Beginnings Collection

I’m excited to announce the release of my new collection of original artwork, New Beginnings! This series features nests, eggs, and birds in sizes 4×4 -11×14. I created these pieces using a variety of supplies like: acrylic paints, tissue paper, … Read More

Grounded…my word of the year for 2019

Reflections on the past year and hopes for the future are on everyone’s mind right now. My mind is fixed on intentional living, purposeful choices, and working hard at finding a sense of grounded peace in every area of my … Read More

Shop My Studio

Some of my favorite things are right here in this space. It’s my private art studio. This room is in our home, and I thought I’d give you a little tour as well as some links to shop my studio! … Read More

12 Days of Creativity!

I know you’ve seen other bloggers and creatives on social media doing some kind of 12 Days of Christmas type of sale or gift giving ideas. Well…the best gift that I have to give you is the gift of creativity. … Read More

Tattered Snowman Virtual Paint Party!!

I am so excited about this new offering that I believe will be soooo much fun! So many have requested a tutorial on this guy that I decided it would be awesome for us all to create it together! Let’s … Read More

20 Must Have Artist Gifts

Everyone loves to give and get gifts during the Christmas season. But, not everyone knows what to get for their artist family members. And, with all the different types of paints, mediums, canvases, and brushes it’s no wonder. For those … Read More

Palette Knife Sunflowers

  This piece started out as a pitcher of pink roses, but I recorded a video as I changed these flowers to something that I liked even better and created a palette knife sunflower painting! The video below was recorded … Read More

Palette Knife Painting-Sharing My Secret

(This post contains affiliate links)   Palette Knife Painting I love palette knife painting. I mean….truly love it. Why do I love it so much? Palette knife painting is messy. It’s fun, and it’s full of texture. I’ve tried so … Read More

Painting A Fall Fox With A Palette Knife

Painting A Fall Fox I can’t get over how quickly the summer has gone by. It’s time to start getting ready for all things pumpkin!! Yay! Painting things that are seasonal can be so much fun, and I’d love to … Read More

Giving A Painting A Makeover

Painting Makeover Taking old paintings and giving them new life is so rewarding to me. Here’s how I gave this painting a little makeover. Sometimes paintings sit in my studio and I just never feel great about them. I usually … Read More

How To Paint Buffalo Check Plaid

Buffalo Check Plaid (This post includes affiliate links) If you have been out of your house at all lately, you’ve seen all the home decor covered in buffalo check plaid! It’s trending for sure! I decided to take on buffalo … Read More

Creativity Is Not A Competition

  Creativity is not a competition! Comparison is a thief of joy! There is room for us all!   Dear Artist Friend, Do you know what? Your success as an artist is ambiguous. Just like art itself, it’s all about … Read More

Studio Sessions! A New Offering!

New Individual Art Lessons From My Studio I’m so excited to share with you a new offering that is now available in my shop! Studio Sessions are individual tutorial videos taken from my online painting group, The Little Bluebird Gallery … Read More

Painting Faces and Feminine Figures

This month in The Little  Bluebird Creative Community, we are painting faces, feminine figures, and a whimsical mixed media girl! I love creating loose and whimsical faces and figures with a palette knife. Allowing myself to be messy and have … Read More

New Products!

I’ve got two new prints now available in the shop! These new products are available with these designs now. Canvas Prints! AND….Journals!! AND…..Zipper Pouches, too!!! Find them all here in my online shop!      

Be Happy

This month in The Little Bluebird Creative Community we are creating all things transportation related! This cute little guy is one of our projects and he’s called, Be Happy! Here’s a time lapse video of a portion of the tutorial … Read More

Kindness Changes Everything: New Art and a Video

This new painting came to life Live on my Facebook page. I chatted with friends while I tore paper napkins, painted facial features, and placed vintage graphics in just the right spots. I added the words, “Kindness Changes Everything” after … Read More

A Blue Fairy And A Time Lapse Video

Blue Fairy I created this new piece this week and recorded it for the final tutorial for February in The Little Bluebird Creative Community. Here’s a fun time lapsed video that shows a little glimpse into my process. I love creating … Read More

Painting With A Palette Knife

Painting With A Palette Knife “What is that thing you are painting with?” “I need to learn how to use one of those things you paint with.” These are some of the comments I get when I share videos of … Read More

Self Care and a Time Lapse Video

Self Care in 2018 Do you have plans for the new year? I do! I wear a lot of hats. I’m a wife, mother, home school teacher, Bible class teacher, artist, entrepreneur, and homemaker. I’ve noticed a bad trend in … Read More

My Top 5 Prints for 2017

For 2017, these have been the most popular prints in my shop. You all chose these more than any others. They are the top 5 prints purchased by you this year! 1. Gather 2. Lilacs 3. Rosie 4. English Roses … Read More

My Favorite Art Supplies and Tools

Art Supplies I primarily paint with palette knives and also create mixed media art using papers, mediums, doilies, and stamps. I’m sharing with you some of my favorite art supplies. These are all products that I use and love. (Post … Read More

A Gift Of Creativity To You!

A Gift of Creativity In December! I have exciting news for you! If you have been on the fence about joining The Little Bluebird Creative Community, December will be the BEST time to do it and accept my gift of … Read More

Happy Thanksgiving! And A Sale!

Dear Friend, Thank you for your support, your encouragement, and your orders this year. Without you, I would not have an art business and would not be able to use this creative outlet of mine to help support my family. … Read More

Studio Session 1: We Painted Live!

Online Paint Party Our first Studio Session was a success. Several sweet friends joined me as we painted a whimsical cow live in an online painting party. We were able to chat and paint together. If you missed the live … Read More

Custom Christmas Ornaments

Order Your Custom Christmas Ornaments Now It’s that time of year again! I am taking orders for custom Christmas ornaments! Yay! Here are a few examples of what I have done in the past. Your home decked out for the … Read More

Transform Your Brick For Less Than $10

Transform Your Brick We have a wall in our sun room that used to be an exterior wall of our house. It was dark and a little ugly (in my opinion) so I decided to transform the brick and give … Read More

How To Make Prints Of Your Artwork

How To Make Prints   I’ve been making my own prints of my artwork for several years now. It’s not very expensive and very easy to do if you have the right tools. I played around with different kinds of … Read More

Place Mat Pillows

Place Mat Pillows Place mat pillows are super easy to make, and they are a great and thrifty way to add some fun seasonal décor to your home. I found these little fox place mats at our local Walmart, but … Read More

Fall Is My Fave…Now

Fall Is My Fave…Now I can say that fall is my fave now, but when I was a little girl…..not so much. It was the time of year when school started, and I was a weepy nervous mess of a … Read More

Painting Lemons: A How-To Video

I am a little obsessed with lemons right now. 🙂 I love the happy colors I can use while painting these yummy fruits. This is one of example of my obsession…. And here’s another….   If you love lemons as … Read More

Buffet Makeover

I was recently scrolling through my Pinterest boards and got inspired to paint this buffet table that we have had for years. It was being stored in the barn and had been quite neglected. This buffet needed a makeover. Here’s … Read More

Framed Sign From A Walmart Find

Y’all…this is what happens when you go to Walmart way too often. 🙂 I frequent the craft section, but I usually see the same things every time. However….on this day….I found this. Just watch 🙂

Pretty Painted Pumpkins Video Instructions

  I love to paint and not just on canvas. I recently decided to turn some old plastic pumpkins into pretty painted pumpkins. I love the cottage style, and I also love the more neutral colors for fall that are … Read More

Shabby Chic Pumpkin Collection

I’m so excited about this new collection of shabby chic pumpkin paintings that will be released and ready for you to purchase on September 1st! Here’s a little sneak peek for you. Be ready on Friday to come by and … Read More

New Free Art Lesson For Kids!

I am excited about this new offering to you all! These new art lessons were created with kids in mind, but they can be enjoyed by all ages! The first lesson is now available, and I plan to continue to … Read More

Hydrangeas: a New eCourse Is Ready!

Hydrangeas: a Heart to Heart eCourse I am so excited to offer you this new eCourse! You will learn how to paint your own beautiful floral arrangement of hydrangeas just like the one pictured here. I will walk you through … Read More

Painted Rocks

Painting rocks and hiding them all over town has become a VERY popular pastime in our area! I mean, people are serious about this painted rock finding thing, y’all! LOL I have painted a few with friends, and I’ve found … Read More

T-Shirts and Pillows!!!

Unique Gifts: T-shirts and Pillows     I’ve learned a new skill and I’m using it to make you all some really fun and useful items! I’ve had pillows for a while, but now I’m learning how to make t-shirts … Read More

Free Mixed Media Tutorial

Adding Words To A Mixed Media Painting In this little snippet, I will show you how to add words to your mixed media art using rubber stamps and ink! Here are some affiliate links to stamps and ink that I … Read More

Studio Tour

A Little Studio Tour   This space is always evolving and changing to suit my needs, so by the time I publish this post I will most likely have changed something else. When we moved into this house, I started … Read More

One Of My Struggles

We All Have Struggles I like to find inspiring Bible verses, quotes, and ideas to share with others. I love adding them to my artwork  to enhance the meaningfulness of each piece. However, I’ve found that instead of making these … Read More

Shabby Chic Farm: A New eCourse!

This new eCourse is ready, and I am so excited about it! In Shabby Chic Farm, you will learn to create…   A Cow The first lesson teaches you to create a shabby chic mixed media cow on canvas. You … Read More

What is a Print?

I have both prints and originals in my shop. I’ve had a few customers who were a bit confused about the difference between the two, so I thought I’d try to explain. What is a print? Simply put, a print is … Read More

A Bright Bouquet

A New Time Lapse Video   Here’s a fun new time lapse video for you. In this video I painted a bright bouquet of flowers and added a bit of whimsy with patterned paper as the table top. Hope you … Read More

Are You A Crazy Chicken Lady?

Crazy Chicken Lady Smart Phone Wallpaper If you like chickens, I’ve got something that I think you’ll love! I took the print of my mixed media painting, Rosie the Chicken, and created a digital file that you can use as … Read More

New Mini Paintings

I have several new mini paintings available in the shop today! These were so much fun to create. Each one is unique and original and they all capture a little bit of something that I love from the country. A cow, … Read More

Collage Art Table

Fixing It Up: My Collage Art Table I just moved an old table into my studio and fixed it up with scraps of collage papers! It is the perfect height for standing and working, and I like to stand when I … Read More

Cat Love: Our Cats on Instagram

This cat, y’all! ??? #catsofinstagram #spoiled #gimlithecat A post shared by Amanda Hilburn (@thelittlebluebirdgallery) on May 24, 2017 at 3:54pm PDT Sleepy time with Preston ? #catsofinstagram #catsnuggles A post shared by Amanda Hilburn (@thelittlebluebirdgallery) on May 10, 2017 at … Read More

Facebook Live

  If you are on Facebook, I’m pretty sure you have seen the new “LIVE” option. I’m just getting started with this whole live video thing. It’s a little scary, y’all. I mean…it’s LIVE! If I mess up…you’ll see it. If … Read More

Inspirational Girls Prints

I have four new inspirational girls prints in the shop. These paintings are all pretty personal. I tend to create these girls when I am feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or scattered. The originals will stay with me, but I decided to … Read More

Painting Abstract Florals

Painting abstract florals with a palette knife! Flowers are one of my VERY favorite things to paint. I really enjoy using a palette knife to create roses and peonies, so I thought I would share a short and simple little demo with … Read More

Print Sale!

I’m Having A Sale! Have you seen the new matted and signed prints that are now available in my shop? I am super excited to be able to offer these to you! AND….they are on sale through May 1, 2017!! … Read More

From Dining Room to Library/Game Room

Our Dining Room to Library/Game Room Update   I have another room finished and ready to share with you all! This photo below shows the formal dining room in our house as it was when we moved in. There was … Read More

In The Studio This Week

I worked more in my studio this week than I have worked in months!  It was a good week 🙂 I almost always paint while listening to a podcast or music, and I start out sitting down but end up standing. I … Read More

The Floral Collection

Now available in my shop is…..The Floral Collection! I have several new floral pieces ready and would love for you to come by and take a look! Here are a few samples…. To see everything that is available now just … Read More

The Sweetheart Collection

Did you know that I have a new collection of paintings releasing on Saturday? I am super excited to get back to work, and I hope that this new way of sharing will help me stay creative and help you … Read More

Our Kitchen Update: DIY On A Budget

  Our Kitchen Update On A Budget   We finally got everything boxed up and moved to Florida! Moving is so much work, and the house that we bought needed (still needs) work, so I have taken a long break … Read More

Space and Grace

Have you noticed how many books and blog posts and articles have been written lately about downsizing, living intentionally, decluttering, and living a more simplified life? Then there are all the tiny house fans and minimalists and tv shows about people selling everything … Read More

Fill’er Up

  It has been almost a month since my last blog post! I had some updating to do to the inside (technical parts) of my website, and I think it is finally ready. Yay!! While this was going on, I was somewhat … Read More

Painting Rosalee

This is Rosalee. She is the new chick in The Little Bluebird Gallery. I just painted her today and love her shabby chic looks!  🙂 She gave me a few problems like, that beak of hers! You will see in … Read More

A New Heart to Heart eCourse!

I am super duper excited to share this new eCourse with you! Three Little Pumpkins is not just one project, but THREE painting projects in one course! You will learn to be loose and get a little messy with the palette … Read More

DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint Project

I am so excited to share this transformation with you! Here’s a video sharing the products that I used for this project!   This is the little table I transformed before I began. I removed the drawers from the table. … Read More

A $2 Fixer Upper Project

We are a Goodwill shopping, thrift store browsing, craft store loving kind of family. We frequent our local thrifty stores, and this week I found these metal tv trays for $.99 each! (New project!!!!)  I knew I already had supplies at … Read More

June Creative Challenge-Transportation

  This month let’s create something to ride. Think…..Bikes, Cars, Skateboards, Boats, Trucks Remember, you don’t have to paint! You can crochet, finger paint, make a card, make string art, whatever! Just use transportation as your theme and have fun! … Read More

Quiet Courage

Quiet… I love the thought of it and the reality of it. I have always disliked noise. Big crowds make me feel nervous and drained. I do not like to be the center of attention. I prefer listening rather than … Read More

May Creative Challenge-Cows

Okay y’all! I was off during the month of April but now it’s time to get back to creating and I hope you will join me! This month let’s try our hand at creating something about cows. Remember, you don’t … Read More

Live in the Sunshine

These happy sunflowers are a reminder to look on the bright side and acknowledge the blessings all around you every day! Living in the sunshine will change your outlook on everything. I don’t know about you, but I need to … Read More

Southern Charm

I love peonies…well, I really love all flowers but peonies are one of my favorites. This new piece is inspired by a photo from the latest issue of Southern Living magazine that really jumped out at me as I browsed … Read More

Beautiful Dreamer

  I painted this for my daughter’s bedroom a while back. She asked for something feminine and floral but a little abstract. I had not tried anything quite like this before, and I have to say that I really, REALLY … Read More

March Creative Challenge – Florals

It has been a while since I posted a creative challenge. I am excited to get things going again! This time we are going to do things differently, and I hope it will be easier for us all.   Each … Read More

Farm Animal Collection

I’ve been working on a series of whimsical farm animals on linen canvases. They are all mixed media pieces, and I am still in the process of creating more of them. Right now I have several listed in my shop … Read More


I have a new print in my shop today! Gather is a new mixed media piece that is now available in two print sizes 5×7 and 8×10.(Just click on the size to purchase!)   Hope you like it! Have a … Read More

Shabby Chic Flair

Mixed Media Animal Art With Shabby Chic Flair I have been experimenting with art for several years now. Many of you have watched me as I have learned different techniques and enjoyed creating with mixed media, acrylic paint, watercolors, and … Read More

My Creative Spot

  I spent an afternoon last week cleaning out and rearranging in our extra room. This room holds a lot of creative…um…stuff 🙂 and it gets pretty messy at times. It’s a room that my family shares and we spend … Read More


It has been a while since I tried something brave and bold. It has really been a while since I just painted without worrying about all the technicalities that I have learned from too many YouTube videos and artist blogs … Read More

Trust In The Lord

  The new year is approaching and with it usually comes a desire for a fresh start. I usually start the year off with pen in hand, computer monitor glowing, and these words of wisdom from Winnie the Pooh…”Think, think, think…” I have … Read More

Whispers of Fall

I can feel it coming! Can you? The whispers of fall are all around! I think autumn might be my favorite time of the whole year. There are so many things I love about the season. Things like: APPLE CIDER … Read More

Outdoor Play

I have had a long stretch of artist block due to…let’s see… stress, bills, family illnesses, housework, home schooling, spider infestations (don’t even ask!). It’s just all that adult stuff that builds up and makes you want to hide in … Read More

Famous Artist Fridays: Georgia O’Keefe

This week we are highlighting the work of Georgia O’Keefe. Get ready for some beautiful, bellowing blooms and delicately drawn bones. Blooms and bones are her signature pieces. Here are some of our favorites…   Here are some extras just … Read More

Famous Artist Fridays: James Whistler

It’s been a while since we had a Famous Artist Fridays post! We rotate subjects like this in our home school, and music has been taking up more of our time recently. However, today we took a look at the … Read More

Living Water

My week of practicing human figures has progressed a little bit. I’m still mostly doing the same position, but this time I tried it with watercolors. I have to say this was much more of a challenge than the acrylics … Read More

Abide In Him

  And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. (1John 2:28) I guess one good thing about being sick is all the painting … Read More

Worry Wreath Freebie

Headlines today can sometimes spark some anxiety, fear, and worry in our minds. I have to remind myself all the time (with help from my husband some days) that God is in control! This worry wreath is a reminder that if I am … Read More

Famous Artist Fridays: Jessie Wilcox Smith

Jessie Wilcox Smith This week’s famous artist was a children’s book illustrator who created the most precious pieces of art that I’ve ever seen. I love the way she captured the innocence of these sweet little children. For more about … Read More

Fall Is Coming!

  I’ve been having lots of fun with watercolors and pumpkins this week!  I’m hoping to continue to have more fall items to come! Right now I’ve got these two originals available for purchase.   Click on the photos to purchase … Read More

Watercolors and Ink

For a long time, I’ve wanted to do some hand lettering. I decided to take some time to give it a try, and this was my first attempt. I just used an ink pen for this one, and I enjoyed … Read More


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Mr. McGregor’s Garden

I have a confession to make…..I’m afraid of cows. I find it very ironic that my cow paintings are some of my most popular items since, in real life, cows scare me to death when I get up close and … Read More

Roses From Beginning To End

How I Painted Roses I painted a new piece today and took photos of it at different stages of the process. I am learning some new things and thought I’d share with you. First of all I painted the background and … Read More

I Did That! Pinterest Board

 I started a new Pinterest board! I have several boards and pin a wide variety of things from art ideas to homemaking tips. This new board, however, is very different! It’s different because I’m using this one to pin recipes, crafts, and … Read More

Free Pretty Mason Jars For You

I’m so excited to be guest posting today over at Free Pretty Things For You! I hope you will head over there and take a look at all the beautiful things that are available on Keren’s blog. She is a graphic art … Read More

Sweet Silhouettes

I wanted to share these new pieces with you. I recently painted two more silhouette pieces from customer’s photos. I really enjoy doing these pieces because they are not just pretty pictures….they are special memories. If you are interested in … Read More

Oaks and Honey

 Tree silhouettes were some of the very first items that I listed in my Etsy shop when this new art journey began. However, these new trees that I just finished up this weekend are quite different from my first works. … Read More

A Re-creation of Recreation

 I recently had a customer to send me this photo and ask if I could paint a re-creation of it for her husband. I don’t normally do many landscapes or people, but how could I say no? This photo is … Read More

Woodland Whimsy

I just finished up a set of funky woodland animals for a customer. We have  Funky Mr. Owl…. The Funky Bunny….. And Funky Mr. Fox These were so much fun to design and I’d love to do more in this … Read More

2014 Calendars

 I’ve spent all afternoon designing these new calendars and I’m so excited about them!!!  I worked to make sure that these offer you more than last year. These new Art by Amanda Hilburn calendars will not just be something pretty … Read More

Artist Study: Eric Carle

This week we’ve done something a little different for artist study. In the past, when I chose an artist it has been someone like Monet or Degas. Someone who lived long ago and is considered a historical figure. Well…I thought … Read More

New Technique!

This is my new piece called WINGS OF LOVE. It’s an experiment of sorts. I love the look of texture on a canvas, but had never tried using paper to do it. I’ve mixed flour in paint to give some of … Read More

Sharing A Secret! Shhhhh….

If you’ve read my blog post called “My Story” you might remember me mentioning that I’m a self-taught artist. Well….I’m still learning, and I wanted to share with you some things that I do to teach myself new techniques! I … Read More

I’ll Fly Away….

I just love birds…and art…and birds!  I try my best to make some things that would appeal to everyone, but I just can’t stop with the birds! Sorry….I can’t help it. These are my new designs, and yes, they are … Read More

Cute Little Foxes

Okay…so some folks just don’t like birds. Well, what about foxes? I’ve been working on this idea for a while but just haven’t really done much with it. I did this first one on canvas a while back and it’s … Read More

Birdies with Bling

This week I found these wooden blanks at our local craft shop and decided I could really fix them up! They have turned out to be a big hit on my Facebook page and all of these that are pictured … Read More

Art Project

The kids studied Renoir this week and painted a still life painting. They really did a great job! Our project book suggested using something like a vase or jar and adding branches, flowers, or something from nature in the container. … Read More

Pretty Pictures, Projects, and Purses

We experienced our first ice storm this past weekend. It was cold but beautiful! We finally got Sister’s sewing machine going and she made a drawstring bag! Brother did a short unit study on knights and made this cute little … Read More