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The Blue Series :: New Flower Girls Coming Next Month

(Left): “All of the Things You Are”, mixed media on canvas, 30 x 30″
(Right): “Collection of Dreams”, mixed media on canvas, 20 x 24″
Shop originals and prints here.

I always seem to return to painting owls after I finish a series of other paintings. I’ve painted owls so many times, that the shapes and features happen naturally, allowing me to play more with new colors and techniques.

Painting this owl helped me move on to a new flower girl series inspired by blue skies.

I’m exploring a more literal flower girl and adding my very loose and abstracted interpretation of flowers in her hair.

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What’s Your Story?

“Departure” (Left) and “Joy” (Right). Prints available here.

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There’s a big project we’ve been working on behind the scenes and it’s almost complete.

It’s a new website. We have lots of new features planned that I’m very excited about.

One of the things I adore most, are the stories you share with me.

Sometimes you email photos because my books have inspired you to paint with your children. Other times you’ve taken one of my classes and say that picking up a paintbrush again has changed your life.

I keep a virtual folder of all of these photos and stories and I have a decorated box on my bookshelf where I keep all of the mail you send too. It completely melts my heart and keeps me encouraged and inspired. Thank you.

These stories inspire me and I know your story just might be what someone else needs to hear to get inspired too.

We’re working on a section of the new site that will feature YOU and your stories.

If you have a story or experience to share about how my artwork or classes have impacted you, I would really love to know.

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Imperfectly Perfect Painting & A Video Sneak Peek

I hope you enjoy this video… it’s a snip-it from one of the painting projects I share in Imperfectly Perfect Painting – A Mini Course. If you’ve already registered, I’ve just posted all five painting projects (a little early in case you have a chance to get to them this weekend). You can join us here.

In Imperfectly Perfect Painting, I share many playful techniques and characters to help you let go and find your own style. By the end of class, you’ll have five super loose and free paintings and the template to get you started again and again, so you can keep exploring and develop your own artistic voice.

That means we’ll draw and paint big-eyed characters, whimsical animals, feather-haired girls, lusciously layered backgrounds and more! I’ll also show you how to create a portrait in under 12 minutes with just a few supplies, so even if you don’t have a lot of space or time, you can still get creative and play.

This is the perfect class to do with kids or for those looking to loosen up and feel more relaxed in your art.

3 Month Payment Plans are also available (for all of my classes).

Register Here.

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Flower Girl Collection Released – New Original Paintings In The Shop

I have a new collection of originals available in my shop!

Click here to see them all.

I’m super excited about this new collection of flower girls that are inspired by summertime and following your dreams.

This new series of paintings is a spin off of the soft Renaissance-inspired portraits I was creating earlier this year.

I wanted to continue painting portraits that you might see hanging as you climb the staircase of a great castle, but with a modern-imaginative twist, using lots of neon colors and mixed media.

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New Coloring Book :: Coming Soon

Whenever I create, it makes me happy. So I try and create everyday.

Sometimes it feels like too much to get out all of my painting supplies, but it is always easy to create something in my sketchbook.

It helps to just draw in my sketchbook with a water-soluble pencil (I love using a black, Stabilo Marks All Coloring Pencil). For me, a drawing never quite feels like enough. But when I add a little water with a thin brush to blend out the lines and add shading, then I feel like I’ve created a finished piece.

I’ve been having so much fun creating these Wild and Free girls in my sketchbook… I thought I’d make them into a coloring book for you!

If you’d like to be the first to know when the Wild and Free Coloring book is available, sign up for my newsletter.

Follow along on my instagram, facebook and google+ … where I will be posting in-progress photos along the way.

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Imperfectly Perfect Painting GIVEAWAY & Video Sneak Peek

*update: the giveaway has ended. Chris Botkin you are the winner… Congratulations!

A HUGE thank you to everyone for all of your kind words, enthusiasm and support for my new online workshop Imperfectly Perfect Painting – A Mini Course In Mixed Media.

I am so excited for this class! We have such a fantastic group already. The early bird spaces have sold out, but you can still join us when class begins September 19th.

To celebrate, I’m having a Giveaway (details below).

In Imperfectly Perfect Painting, I share many playful techniques and characters to help you let go and find your own style. By the end of class, you’ll have five super loose and free paintings and the template to get you started again and again, so you can keep exploring and develop your own artistic voice.

* Class begins September 19
* Register Here.

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Here are the details:
* $55
* 3 Month Payment plans available at checkout
* 1 year access to the classroom
* Forever access to our online community
* See a full list of supplies here

And now for a little video inspiration with music by The Wiggly Tendrils.

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