New Beginnings Collection

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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

New Facebook Groups For The New Year

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We all need a friend or two and a comfy, cozy spot to chat. I really believe that today, more than ever, people are looking for ways to connect with each other. That’s why I decided to reopen my previously … Read More

Grounded…my word of the year for 2019

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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

12 Days of Creativity!

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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!!

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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

How To Be Inspired By But Not Copy Other Artists

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This piece is a new exploration and also a bit of a revelation! In this one painting I see elements of influence. I see ideas gleaned from many different artists that I admire and ideas from my own experience and … Read More

Famous Artist Fridays: Monet

It’s time again for Famous Artist Fridays where we explore beautiful art by some of the most famous artists of all time. This week we’re discovering works by Claude Monet. This post contains affiliate advertisements. Famous Artist: Claude Monet Claude Monet, … Read More

Learn to Paint and Be Inspired

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Years ago I wanted to decorate my home with lovely things. But I couldn’t afford the art I longed to have on my walls. So I set out to learn to paint. Over the years painting has become my passion. … Read More

Famous Artist Fridays: Rembrandt

It’s Famous Artist Fridays and this week we have Rembrandt for you. Remember that the goal of this series is learning through observation. Below I’m sharing some of the great works of the famous artist Rembrandt. This post contains affiliate … Read More

Polka Dot Pumpkin Mixed Media Art Tutorial with Palette Knife

Fall is a wonderful time of the year with the amazing colors, cooler temperatures, and of course, pumpkins! Isn’t it amazing the number of colors that we can find pumpkins? I was just observing at the local hardware store pumpkins … Read More

I Painted Flowers On My Laundry Room Wall: My First Mural

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Our laundry room was dark and gloomy when we moved into this house. I painted the paneling with primer over a year ago and then just left it for a while. I didn’t really have a plan for what to … Read More

Palette Knife Sunflowers

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  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

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(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

“I can’t even draw a stick figure.” – 10 Lies People Believe About Art

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10 Lies People Believe About Art   I hear it all the time….”I can’t even draw a stick figure.” Where is all of this negativity towards creativity originating? I’m not really sure. However, I’ve made a list of 10 lies … Read More

Painting A Fall Fox With A Palette Knife

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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

How To Create A Mixed Media Fox: a free beginner’s lesson for all ages

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Hi there! I am so excited that you are here for this little bluebird art lesson! I know you are going to have so much fun creating this little fox. This kind of art is called mixed media. That just means … Read More

Giving A Painting A Makeover

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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 Create a Mixed Media Pumpkin: a free beginner’s lesson for all ages

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Hi there! I am so excited that you are here for this little bluebird art lesson! I know you are going to have so much fun creating this little pumpkin. This kind of art is called mixed media art. That … Read More

How To Paint Buffalo Check Plaid

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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

A Free Shabby Chic Pumpkin Tutorial for You

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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

Creativity Is Not A Competition

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  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!

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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

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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

Be Happy

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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

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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 Free Cotton Painting Lesson Just For You

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I’m offering you two video lessons all about palette knife painting, paints, and cotton! These two lessons were the first lessons that I created for my Creative Community paid painting group. I’d love for you to give them a try … Read More

Trust and Obey: A Mixed Media Painting Video

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Trust and Obey: a mixed media painting   I created a new mixed media painting live on my Facebook page last night. The name of this piece is “Trust and Obey”. You can watch me work on this piece from … Read More

A Blue Fairy And A Time Lapse Video

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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

Let’s Paint A Redbird: Free Painting Tutorial

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Let’s Paint a Redbird Learn to paint this cute little guy in this free tutorial video! I painted this redbird live on my Facebook page and want to share it with you, too! Here’s the video. I hope you learn … Read More

How To Add Raffia To Your Christmas Tree Decor

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Adding Raffia To Your Christmas Tree   This is our tree with the lights, ornaments, and ribbon. Gimli and I decided it still needed a little something else. I am in love with raffia and I use it all the … Read More

Weekly Instagram Roundup: Raffia, Gimli, and Soup

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This week we added some decor to the tree, painted Christmas canvases, created an experimental soup, and had peeping cats looking in our windows. He is “helping” me add some things to the tree. ? A post shared by Amanda … Read More

My Favorite Art Supplies and Tools

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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

Weekly Instagram Roundup: Kitty Cats And Pet Portraits

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I am pretty new to Instagram but am beginning to love it more and more! Come follow me here: Amanda on Insta Snuggle buddies ❤️ #cats_of_instagram #cats #snuggles A post shared by Amanda Hilburn (@thelittlebluebirdgallery) on Nov 29, 2017 at … Read More

How To Update Old Christmas Decor: A DIY Tutorial

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Update Old Christmas Decor (This post includes affiliate links.) As I pulled out some Christmas decorations last week, I noticed that my wreath didn’t look so great on my new navy blue door this year. That same door was light … Read More

What Art Can Do For You: Part 3 (Force you to learn to say no or say yes)

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You can do anything but not everything! Saying no can be a real problem for many of us. I know it is for me, and yet this is another lesson that I have been forced to learn because of art. … Read More

Happy Thanksgiving! And A Sale!

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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

What Art Can Do For You: Part 2 (Permission To Be You)

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  Permission To Be You I’m a quiet person. I enjoy all things soft, cozy, and predictable. Some might call that boring. Some might say, “You can’t be successful in this world unless you roar. You need to be bold … Read More

Studio Session 1: We Painted Live!

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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

Join The Little Bluebird Creative Community

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The Little Bluebird Creative Community You may not know this, but I’m an accidental artist. I didn’t really plan to have a business at all. About six years ago, I was looking for something to hang in our living room … Read More

Painting Lemons: A How-To Video

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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

Pretty Painted Pumpkins Video Instructions

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  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

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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

Hydrangeas: a New eCourse Is Ready!

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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

My DIY Light Fixture Update For Less than $10

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    I’ve been wanting to do this project for quite a while now but just didn’t make the time until this weekend. I’m so glad I did! Y’all this is super easy to do and will fit into any … Read More

Using Tissue Paper for Texture

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There are so For more free instruction videos take a look at this resource page: Free Pretties to Print and Lessons to Learnmany cool things that you can do with mixed media art, and I thought I would share this little … Read More

One Of My Struggles

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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

Want to Learn to Paint?

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Learn To Paint With My eCourses! Sharing how I paint and teaching you to do it is as rewarding (or maybe even MORE rewarding) to my heart as painting alone. I get giddy when I open a message from one … Read More

What is a Print?

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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

Are You A Crazy Chicken Lady?

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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

A Transfer of Thoughts: Let’s Watch Our Words

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Let’s Watch Our Words Just the other day, I was required to go into an office in town to pay a bill and was reminded how important it is that we watch our words. It was your normal, everyday office with cubicles, … Read More

Cat Love: Our Cats on Instagram

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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

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  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

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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

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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

From Dining Room to Library/Game Room

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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

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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

Beautiful, Personal, Meaningful Art – Plus A Time Lapse Video

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  I’m so happy to be back in my studio working. I am still trying to get the lighting and set up just right in this new room, but I did record a little snippet of me painting this piece while I … Read More

Dream Big

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Do you have dreams? Ideas? Are you a creative person working at home on your creations and dreaming of making that hobby something bigger? I want to encourage you! I have been running my little art biz from home since … Read More

The Floral Collection

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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

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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

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  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

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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

Little Bluebird Market

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I want to invite you all to come over and join my new private, VIP group on Facebook called The Little Bluebird Market! It is a place to browse the newest artwork by me, Amanda Hilburn, and get some exclusive deals that are … Read More

Chalky Paint Chair Makeover

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This chair has been with us for many, many years! I think I bought it at Pier One about 9 years ago. It’s comfy, but it’s so dark and gloomy, so I decided to give it a makeover. Here’s my … Read More

Fill’er Up

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  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

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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!

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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

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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

New Little Camper eCourse!

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The Little Camper I just finished creating a new Heart to Heart eCourse, and it is now ready for you! The Little Camper is a mixed media tutorial that includes over an hour of video instruction. The skill level required … Read More

A $2 Fixer Upper Project

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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

Introducing….Heart To Heart eCourses

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  Eeeekkk!!! I am soooo excited to announce this new addition to my website! I just completed my first eCourse and it is now available for purchase!!! 🙂 This is more than a time lapse video of me painting, y’all. … Read More

Thankful Little Bluebirds and a Giveaway

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In a world reeling in chaos, fear, and what can appear to be hopelessness, we all could use some reminders of what is right, lovely, and good. These blessings are all around every one of us every day, but we … Read More

June Creative Challenge-Transportation

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  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

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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

Pillows, Canvas Prints, Clocks, and More!

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  I am excited to announce that I have re-opened my shop on and have lots of fun things loaded for you to choose from!  Here are a few examples. You can see more by clicking on this link: … Read More

May Creative Challenge-Cows

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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

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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

Beautiful Dreamer

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  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

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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

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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 Am Now An Illustrator!?

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It has been about a year, but this whole experience is just now sinking in…. I had not REALLY thought about it very much before today. I was too busy brainstorming, working, planning, and researching to think about the fact … Read More

Shabby Chic Flair

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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

Trust In The Lord

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  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

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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

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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

Say Hello to Josephine the Cow!

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I’d like to introduce Josephine the Cow. She’s a new addition to my shop! Josephine was created with watercolors and a bit of acrylic paint. I chose the name Josephine after asking for suggestions for a name for this piece … Read More

This Little Light Giveaway

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Giving away this 4×4 original mixed media canvas art on July 8th to one winner. A random winner will be announced on July 8th here on my blog! Here’s a little video of this cutie being made by me 🙂   … Read More

Famous Artist Fridays: Georgia O’Keefe

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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: Vincent VanGogh

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This week’s famous artist is: Vincent VanGogh Vincent vanGogh is one of my favorite artists. I love the colors and strong contrasts in his work. Here are some of our favorites by this artist: Here are a few fun links … Read More

Famous Artist Fridays: Grandma Moses

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This week’s Famous Artist Fridays artist is Grandma Moses. She didn’t begin painting until she was 76 years old. What an inspiration! Here are some of our favorites:   Here’s a link for a short bio on Grandma Moses: LINK … Read More

Bible Journaling: painting precepts, purity, and promises

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I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word. Open my eyes, that … Read More

Busy Is Not Always Best

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As I have been preparing for ladies Bible class this week, I have found several interesting quotes and ideas about being busy. We are so very busy today with so many different things! I know my days are jam-packed with … Read More

Building A Nest

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I took a few photos as I painted this nest today in my sketchbook. I did it in about an hour and used palette knives and acrylics for this piece. Here we go……first….a blue sky A little yellow ochre and … Read More

Famous Artist Fridays: James Whistler

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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

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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

Humble Yourselves

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Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (1Peter 5:6) More work with the palette knife today. I’m thinking this may turn into a series of women kneeling in different scenes. … Read More

Abide In Him

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  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

Our Refuge (Psalm 46)

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God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and … Read More

Worry Wreath Freebie

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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

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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

Famous Artist Fridays: Ansel Adams

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Ansel Adams I love the black and white photos by Ansel Adams. We have studied his work before (see this post: Ansel Adams Artist Study) but wanted to revisit and choose some of our favorites. Here is a link to … Read More

Aged Effects With Watercolors

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Aged Effects I’ve been experimenting with watercolors and diluted acrylic paints this week. I love the aged effects I can get with watercolors. I’ve always enjoyed trying to make my pieces appear to be a bit antiquated or shabby, and … Read More

Fall Is Coming!

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  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

Free Watercolor Graphics with Scripture

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These are snippets of some of my most recent watercolor flower practice papers. I added a few of my favorite Bible verses and made these just for you! I hope you like them and enjoy sharing them on your favorite … Read More

Famous Artist Fridays: Georges Seurat

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Georges Seurat Dot…Dot…Dot…Dot… that’s what makes a Seurat a Seurat! Pointillism is what he is best know for. Look at our favorites of his and check out all those little dots! Want to see more of his paintings? I’ve pinned … Read More

Famous Artist Fridays: Medieval and Manga

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This week we are doing something totally different. I let the kids show me some of their favorite works of art that they had found on their own. They didn’t have to be created by a “famous” artist, but they … Read More

Famous Artist Fridays: Henri Matisse

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Henri Matisse This week we will take a look at some of the bright and bold art of Henri Matisse. Here are a few of our favorites! (Just fyi: careful when searching his work with the kiddos around. He did … Read More

Famous Artist Fridays: Eric Carle

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This week’s famous artist is the children’s book illustrator, Eric Carle. I love his unique collage technique, his sweet children’s books, and he also reminds me of my Grandaddy Johnson 🙂 Art comes in so many different forms and I … Read More

Combining Hymn Study With Nature Journals

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  “Nature study as a subject is one which should be approached with great reverence, for in dealing with birds, animals, flower and all other forms of natural life, we are perhaps, nearer to the Creator than in any other … Read More

Roses From Beginning To End

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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

posted in: Art, Homemaking | 0

 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

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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