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Just Do The Work

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Something I find myself thinking more often than I really want to admit is “I wish I’d learned this earlier”…often while having to remind myself that I may have not been listening. I was out of college for four years before I really began to take the idea of making a living from doing art seriously again, and I had… Read more »

Watercolor Wednesday: Craft Monster

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My first year of doing art and craft shows as part of my job was full of learning experiences. The very first thing I learned and what I always tell people that aren’t sure about having enough work to show was, “There’s nothing like needing to have the work to make you do the work.” The second lesson came about… Read more »

Talking About a Resolution

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The holidays are a natural time to think about what we’ve done over the course of the year and about our plans for next year. New Years is when a lot of us do it. We see a need in our life and want to make a change for the better. Is New Years really the only time we can… Read more »

Thankful Like Mark Watney

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I always think about pretty specific themes around the holidays. Thankfulness, giving, and resolutions to make changes in our lives in the new year. I love seeing people’s thankful posts on facebook and twitter, and it’s a great tradition to spend a minute each day thinking about the ways in which we’re blessed. Usually these posts show us at our… Read more »

Watercolor Wednesday – Yellow Crook Necked Squash

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Today, I’m showcasing the final painting from the current fruits and vegetable series. There are ten items in our Felt Farmers Market, and our goal is to have a painting of each of them for marketing, and to make some related products for them.  This week I was having trouble deciding whether to paint the squash or an eggplant. Carrots… Read more »

Watercolor Wednesday on a Thursday!

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The holidays are Bananas, and make any kind of schedule extra challenging. We had a great Thanksgiving but as you may have noticed, there was no Watercolor Wednesday last week. My goal for December is to be a little ahead on blog posts so that the Holidays don’t get too crazy. Last time, I talked about the importance of daily… Read more »

Watercolor Wednesday – Apples and Bananas

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Daily drawing and painting (or anything, really) allows us time to think, and experiment, and learn in a way that no class, book, or tutorial can. I read “Make Art Make Money” by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens this summer. Early on in the book she talks about the fairy tale “The Elves and the Cobbler” as an allegory for the life… Read more »

Watercolor Wednesday – More Dinosaurs!

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It’s watercolor Wednesday again, and I’ve got some more dinosaurs to share with you. This week, I have one more that’s been illustrated in a more “portrait” style, the Brachiosaurus. Ultimately, this painting going to be collected together with the Parasaurolophus, Stegosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Velociraptor, and Pentaceratops for a Penny Loves Dinosaurs matching game and also an expansion set of Story… Read more »

Watercolor Wednesday – Dinosaurs

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Who’s in the mood for some dinosaurs? I think a lot of us can say that we’ve been interested in dinosaurs since we were kids. Jurassic Park has been a top grossing film franchise more than once. There are multiple shows for kids featuring dinosaurs, including Dinosaur Train which engages kids on a variety of levels and is frankly pretty… Read more »

That Perfect Booth Set-Up

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It seems like among other things we’re striving for as professional crafters, we’re all looking for the holy grail that is the perfect booth set-up. Not only has to match your aesthetic, but it also has to be practical and portable. To make things even more complicated though, not every space or situation is the same, so you also have… Read more »