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What is the meaning of the red Cardinal bird?

When a Cardinal Appears…

PLANNING FOR THE HOLIDAYS Now that Halloween is over, it’s officially time to start planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas. As the holiday season approaches, I’m getting excited about spending time with family and friends and decorating my home for the holidays. (yay!!) When I think about Christmas, my head and my heart become so full! I love experiencing and enjoying Christmas traditions and festivities with all the people I love. If you know me, you know […]

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A comparison of craft, student, and professional quality acrylic paints.

Best Acrylic Paints for Beginners

If you are interested in painting with acrylic paints, you are probably wondering, “what are the best acrylic paints for beginners to buy?” There are tons of options on the market and it can be SUPER confusing to know what to get! Let’s consider three of the most important considerations when selecting paints; cost, quality, and performance and compare a few options. CRAFT PAINTS: First let’s talk about craft paints. Craft paints can be found at […]

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step by step flower painting

Step by Step Flower Painting – Learn to Paint Fall Chrysanthemum Flowers

Flowers are one of my favorite things to paint. They are easy to find, so they are always available as reference, and once you learn some basic painting techniques, you can paint many different types of flowers pretty easily. Since autumn is just around the corner, I decided to paint some chrysanthemums with acrylic paints and I’d love to walk you through the process! Continue reading for step by step flower painting instructions. Here’s what […]

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Painting Roses with Acrylic Paints

Painting roses is easy and fun in this acrylic painting class on skillshare.com. This course is for anyone interested in learning: 1)      how to paint easy, loose, and fun decorative roses and leaves step by step.  2)     a simple method for creating dimension and interest in your paintings. 3)     some basic brushstrokes and the brushes you need to make them. 4)     easy to understand rules on how to compose […]

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How to Paint Sunflowers Using Acrylic Paints

I’m so excited to announce that I have started teaching on skillshare.com! Skillshare is a membership site that is loaded with amazing classes and tutorial videos for just about any creative subject you can imagine. Here is a link to get two FREE MONTHS on skillshare.com to watch my class and any other classes you want for 60 days when you join!  There’s no obligation and you can cancel at any time. So, what have […]

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tangled nest art print

UNDERSTANDING VALUES IN PAINTING

If you have ever tried to draw or paint something and make it look like it is “real”, you’ve no doubt attempted to use  “values” (whether you realized it or not). The term “value”, when used in art, is used to describe the difference in lightness or darkness of a color. Artists use light and dark values to create dimension or a focal point within a painting or drawing. Understanding and controlling the values in […]

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