Christie’s Story

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Meet Christie Hawkins! She is the owner of The Social Easel and is a wonderful example of how artists should never stop growing and learning!   Here’s Christie’s Story… When I started taking classes from Amanda I had never worked … Read More

Beverly’s Story

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Today I want you to meet Beverly Parsneau. Her experience with how art can heal is just amazing!   Here’s Beverly’s Story… I’m a retired middle school art teacher of 32 years. My husband and I always had creative projects … Read More

Melissa’s Story

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I would like to introduce you to Melissa Ellington. In the past, she never felt comfortable calling herself an artist, but after joining our Creative Community she does! AND she is selling her artwork!!! Amazing!! Encouraging!! and just one of … Read More

Framing Canvas Art

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  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!

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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

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  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

Why I Like Thick Paint

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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

Odd Is Best…Usually

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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

New Prints Are Here!

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New Prints Y’all! I just brought back matted and signed prints AND added new prints to the shop! It has been a while since I added any new prints of my originals, but now you can shop 40 different designs … Read More

How To Feed Your Creativity

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

Shop My Studio

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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!

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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

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

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 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

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

New Products!

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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

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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

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

Painting With A Palette Knife

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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

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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

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 Top 5 Prints for 2017

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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

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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

A Gift Of Creativity To You!

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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!

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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

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

Custom Christmas Ornaments

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Fall Is My Fave…Now

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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

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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

Buffet Makeover

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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

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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

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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

New Free Art Lesson For Kids!

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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!

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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

Painted Rocks

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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!!!

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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

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Adding Words To A Mixed Media Painting This is the bonus video that comes with my full eCourse, Little White Chapel. I thought you might like to see a little sample of what my eCourses are like by sharing this … Read More

Studio Tour

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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

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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

Shabby Chic Farm: A New eCourse!

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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

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

A Bright Bouquet

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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?

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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

New Mini Paintings

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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

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

Collage Art Table

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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

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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

Print Sale!

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southern Charm

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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

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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

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

Gather

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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

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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

My Creative Spot

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  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

Souls

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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

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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

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

Watercolors and Ink

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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

Freebie

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FREEBIE Facebook Cover: Just click and save to your computer. Then load it on your facebook page! Thank you for supporting me and my family!

Mr. McGregor’s Garden

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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

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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

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 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

Sweet Silhouettes

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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

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 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

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 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

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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

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 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

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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!

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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….

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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….

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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

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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

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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

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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