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HOLDING GRACE :: A Painting From Start To Finish

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. -Roald Dahl


HOLDING GRACE is the January Project in my Serendipity 2 – A NEW Year In Mixed Media online class.

This girl went through so many faces and so many background blues to get to the finished painting.

From the beginning, I knew I wanted her to be one in my blue series. But I just couldn’t get my background right.

Sometimes it takes trying one thing, then another, then going back to that initial thing to get it right.

To me, it’s all of the layers that add story and depth to my paintings. So often I just can’t get to the good stuff right away. I need all of those layers, beautiful mistakes and false starts.

I don’t often do very detailed paintings. But I’ve been attracted to other artists’ work and fabric with lots of details and careful pattern.

So I let that be some of the inspiration for this piece.

And, of course, whenever I try something new, it always takes time before I get it right. Usually I have to cover it up again and again. But with each new layer, I discover something new (that I never would have seen before).

What have you been inspired by lately?

I’m always out with my camera, taking photo walks to gather new ideas, colors and inspirations. I’ll be sure to look for what’s been inspiring you in the comments of this post.


Juliette Crane


Ps. If you’d like to see what else we’ve been painting in my Serendipity 2 class, you can find details and join us HERE.

My Serendipity 1 class is not a prerequisite to take Serendipity 2, but if you love mixed media and painting like I do, it’s a good idea to take Serendipity 1 first.


Pps. I’m so excited to be sharing two owl painting projects as part of 21 Secrets: An Art Journaling Workshop.

Click here to find all of the details on how to join me & many other artists.

I had so much fun chatting about my inspirations as part of the video interview series too. I especially loved it when we got to talk about all of the other jobs I had (and hated) for 10 years after college while I hid all of my art supplies in the closet.

Click here to watch the interview.


  1. I am in love with your girl! So cool to see the different phases of her and interesting how her facial expression changed so much between stages. Lately I”ve been inspired by birdsong – it’s waking me out of my winter doldrums and calling me to create!

  2. I am fascinated with your work. It touches my heart and soul. The freedom is exhilarating. I hope someday to take a class of yours. I am retired and those extras you took for granted are a thing of the past. I didn’t start painting till my 60’s and it has become my solace. Thank you for your inspiring and delightful work.

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