Expressions of Love Works in Progress

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I’ve been busy in online classes learning new skills and taking breaks in between working on my canvases for the Expressions of Love Collection. I love how the colorful backgrounds make the hearts pop!

In talking with others I find so many feel unappreciated and taken for granted. No one likes going unnoticed for all the work they do. Sometimes a simple “Thank You” can have a huge impact on their day. So make sure to say “Thank You” to those who brighten your days.

The four paintings shown here are a work in progress so stay tuned. Theyโ€™ll be available in my Etsy Shop soon. What do you think? Iโ€™d love to hear your thoughts.

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“Love is forgiving and love is for giving.” ~ Wayne Dyer

Expressions of Love Update

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A quick shop update. I always felt that we should express our love and appreciation to those we care about every day and not limit it to one day a year. And that was my motivation in creating this new line, Expressions of Love.

These 5×5 inch paintings were created on a thick 1.5 inch canvas so have the choice on how to display them. You can hang them in a small area or you could buy several and hang them as a nice grouping on your wall. The other option which I love with this thick canvas is that you can easily stand it on it’s side making it perfect decor for a desk, shelf or counter.

They are happy and fun paintings that will brighten up any space. They’ll come packaged in a pretty cellophane bag and tied with ribbon. These are the first two paintings I have available in my Etsy Shop and I’ll be adding more this week.

What do you think?

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True Love Whimsical Village

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I made this little village a while ago and bring it out every year as part of my Valentine’s Day decoration. It was created on an 8×10 inch canvas which I painted first. If you don’t have a canvas, a sheet of watercolor paper would also work just as well.

While the paint dried, I designed and cut some wonky, whimsical homes from Valentine themed cardstock. The doors and windows were made using shaped punches but you could easily cut them by hand.

Once I had all of my parts cut, I made sure everything fit together before gluing it on to the canvas. I added a few stickers, rhinestones and sequins for interest. And finished it off with some doodles, shading and highlights. Of course lets not forget the glitter for the bit of sparkly magic.

There are so many variations that you can make, just use your imagination and supplies you have on hand!

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“Love one another and you will be happy. Itโ€™s as simple and as difficult as that.” ~Michael Leunig

    Expressions of Love Collection๐Ÿ’–

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    I love Valentine’s Day but it’s sad that it’s only celebrated one day out of the year. Our love for others should be celebrated everyday and not limited to a single day. So I decided to fix that and came up with the idea to start the Expressions of Love Collection.

    I thought it would be a great way to tell some one how much you care and appreciate them. They could be perfect gifts for weddings, anniversaries, or a simple I love you! You could even gift one to show your appreciation to a special some one for all that they do.

    The four paintings shown here are a work in progress so stay tuned. They’ll be available in different sizes and styles to fit your specific needs. Best of all, they will available all year.

    What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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    “Forever and always, from me to you. My love is pure, my love is true. It is gifted to none other than you.” ~Truth Devour

    Valentine’s Day Paintings

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    Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is already knocking on our doors and is only one month away? It’s one of my favorite holidays, but I wish it was longer than just 1 day. I always felt you should celebrate love every day of your life and not limit it to a single day ๐Ÿ’–

    I’m working on some new paintings but the ones in this post are currently available in my Etsy Shop. I’ll keep you posted with the progress on the others, but for now I’m waiting on a few supplies to come in.

    I really enjoyed making all of these bright, fun mini paintings filled with lots of love. I love how the confetti makes it look like a celebration, it’s just fun! With that said the canvas panels with the creative lettering are my favorite. Which one is your favorite?

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    “I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” ~Roy Croft

    In art she found herself Mixed Media Canvas

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    Thought I’d share with you a mixed media canvas I made a while ago titled “In art she found herself.” I created this on a 9×12 inch canvas using cut pieces of patterned paper, acrylic paint, lace, ephemera and pretty much anything else I could think of.

    The little bows on the kite were the hardest. They’re very small and made from crepe paper that was painstakingly folded and tied off with a thread. Then I had to carefully glue them to the canvas. The style at the time was basically a face without any detailing. But I always look at it and feel it isn’t done. What do you think?

    โœจ๐ŸŽ‰Wishing you a New Year filled with Much Happiness, Good Health and Great Success๐ŸŽ‰โœจ

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    Stand out in the Crowd Watercolor Painting

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    I wanted to share with you a fun watercolor painting I created a while ago. This is one of my favorite happy color combinations. For this piece I actually made 2 paintings. One was used for the background and the other was used to create the birds which I traced from a stencil, cut out and adhered to the background painting.

    One thing I love about watercolor is that you can lift the paint off using various techniques. For the birds I used a stencil and a Wet Ones hand wipe to lift the paint off the paper. When using this technique, you want to make sure you have a fairly dark background so you can see the color variations where the paint was lifted.

    To make the blue bird at the top even more different from the others I painted it with clear glitter paint. I also used a stamp with white embossing powder to add more interest. The quote in the bottom right was getting lost so I added a border to give it more pop.

    You only need a few basic inexpensive supplies to create art and have fun. So what are you waiting for? Start creating some happy now ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Hope this inspires you in some way, thanks for stopping by!!!

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    We’re in the home stretch!

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    It’s hard to believe Christmas is just 12 days away! I hope that you are doing well and not stressing over the hustle and bustle that comes with this time of year. But if you still need some last minute gifts there are lots of beautiful, original works of art available in my Etsy Shop.

    I welcome you to hop on over and take a look!

    Wishing you a lovely day, thanks for stopping by!!

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    “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ~Winston Churchill

    Candlelight Angel

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    I hope you’re weekend is off to a great start! I thought I’d take a little break and play with some new ideas and techniques. I like the way she turned out but I’m not completely sold on this style. Looking for something more dreamy.

    What are your thoughts?

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    Flamingo Mixed Media Painting

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    I love flamingos, they’re such cool birds to watch. It took some time but I was able to finish my pink flamingo. There are lots of layers and texture in this 6×12″ painting. When I first started, I had no idea that a flamingo would end up here, but there she is. And she is my first ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Now I need to give this painting a title. Would love to hear your ideas. The ones I have so far are pretty nerdy ๐Ÿ˜‚ So your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    The photos below are a progression of this painting. I probably should have taken more but I really get into the creation process once I start and don’t always think about the photography part. But I hope she inspires you in some way.

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    A few interesting Flamingo facts:

    • The word flamingo comes from the Spanish and Latin word flamenco which means fire.
    • There are 6 species of flamingos in the world.
    • Chicks are born either gray or white and take 3 years to get their beautiful pink colors.
    • Chicks are born with a straight bill which curves as they age.
    • Adult flamingos hold their bill upside down when eating.
    • Flamingo colors range from pink, orange to red.
    • Their color comes from the carotene in the food they eat.
    • Flamingos can up to 5 feet tall but most are about 3 feet.