Growing as an artist

I just started a 100-day grateful painting challenge to improve as an artist and try to find my style and voice along the way. As I am also listening to Oprah & Deepak’s free 21-day meditation on “Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude”, I’ve combined my challenge to express what I’m grateful for each day. You can…

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2019 A Year of Opportunities

Hi all. It feels like I haven’t blogged for ages and its not for a lack of desire but I’ve been working on my painting and I started 2019 with a few orders for my handmade cards and another project for a German charity group, so busy busy! I’ve decided that 2019 will be a…

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Naked in public

I have the chance to live in a country where being naked in front of strangers is completely normal. And while some might see this as completely abhorrent, I have come to embrace it (not while I’m naked mind you 😆) and I will try to expose the reasons why I unrobe in public without…

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Thankful for…

Its been a great week! The house is (relatively) clean, I’ve been exercising, I spent a wonderful day yesterday just with my daughter… and I finally finished painting 75 cards for a German charity!  I feel like I really accomplished stuff this week and it feels so good. So I guess that’s my recipe for…

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My goal in life

Since I came back from working (& resigning from the company I’ve been with for 21 years…) in France a month ago, things have not been quite right and I’ve been in a personal slump. I’ve managed to get back into my crafting and painting, but it doesn’t fulfil me as much as it did,…

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Letting Go…

I’ve been away for a month, back in France, to resign from my old job in the aeronautical industry. I was on a sabbatical leave until now, you see, and since my company wouldn’t extend my leave (its only been 5 years…), I had to resign from the company I spent 21 years with. As…

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Inspired by Jean Haines

The other day at my local art store, I discovered that they now offered art books in English, & when I was excitedly perusing through their books, I was drawn to Jean Haine’s book called “Atmospheric Flowers in Watercolour”. When I opened it, I yelled (in my head)”Eureka”! This is how I want to paint!…

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World Watercolour Month – Sunny Days

The yearly World Watercolour Month iniated by Charlie Shields at Doodlewash has started and I’ve decided to take my courage with both hands and join in for the first time! What is World Watercolour month? I added an explanation at the end of my post.  Charlie provided daily prompts to inspire us but it’s totally…

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Being a perfectionist

When I started this painting a month ago, I was obsessed about learning how to get movement in my leaves by using shading and tones. I also thought it was time I stopped copying from my guidebook or other people’s drawings and learn to paint from a “live” subject (well my plant is a a…

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Inspired by…

So many things inspire me to make a card or paint. Nature, other people’s creations…and even once, a wall in a toilet in a mall!  Rarely though am I so moved by an image I’ve seen that I immediately sit down and create something. Well today’s card was that exception and here is the image…

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