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A NEW VIDEO: Mixed Media Backgrounds

Lately, I’ve been spending as much time as possible painting in the sunshine on my backyard patio. 
I’m slowing down after spending a week of teaching, connecting and painting in Port Townsend, Washington with my dear friends Mindy Lacefield and Danielle Daniel. The experience reminded me of the importance of connecting with others and feeling like a kid again. So I’m scheduling lots of local art dates with friends, building forts out of the sofa cushions and watching classic movies like Back to the Future and Indiana Jones with my husband.    
So much of this light-hearted-ness has been channeled into a very special online course I have coming up… I’ll share the details with you very soon! 
In the meantime, I’m so excited that How To Paint An Owl 2 is now available as a self-paced course. Find the details here.
And to celebrate all of this creativity, I have a new VIDEO for you…
I always have 5-6 paintings going at once. That way, there is always one that is dry and ready for second layers.
I recorded the process of making multiple backgrounds…I hope you enjoy the video!
With music by my friends’ the wiggly tendrils 
I’m kind of in love with the intro and outro for my videos that my lovely husband Brian put together… with stunning video footage shot by our good friend and photographer Dave Kreisman. 
Have a Wonderful Weekend!
ps. I share more of these backgrounds, loosening up techniques and how I play with layering art supplies in my newest online workshop, HOW TO PAINT AN OWL 2… now available as a self paced class, so you can skip ahead and go at your own pace.
pps. I’ve added lots of new prints and original paintings to my etsy shop here.


  1. Enjoyed the video. Thanks for the inspiration, I can't wait to get home from work (is that what I'm supposed to be doing?) and start playing in my journal! Anxiously awaiting news of your next online course! Happy Friday!

  2. С большим удовольствием просмотрела видео!!! Захотела вместе с тобой что-нибудь так же нарисовать! Очень эффектны руки в краске!
    With great pleasure we scanned the video! She wanted something with you just draw! Very spectacular hands in the paint!

  3. Hey there
    What type of journal are you using, boy there are so many out there now

  4. in the video i'm working in pretty basic sketchbook, but my favorite for a good price with fabulous paper for mixed media is by bee paper, the 14×11″ 93lb

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